VTORIA3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VTORIA3 VTORIA3'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/ Chapter 15 - Day 56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764027 Time to re-group from overeating on ice cream yesterday. I stopped because the carton was empty. I knew better but said I would only have a couple of spoonfuls. And it wasn't even a favorite flavor. Bad behavior. <BR> <BR> And such behavior taints my mind and makes me struggle against thoughts...."look at you now....you went ahead and wrecked your weight loss...you can never beat this...." <BR> <BR> Tendencies in me like this are why I made myself join the Inbetween Challenge, as I felt... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:46:40 EST Chapter 15 - Day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763343 Love the early mornings, my java, and some spark time. This is how I like to start every day, so I am off to a great start. <BR> <BR> My vacation mode has come to a close with the launch of today, for it's a client work day for me. First things first though: fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Time to start coming up with some more interesting salads to try for meals. I'm getting tired of my simple salads and lean protein, my mainstay right now. I will push through over the duration of the Min... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:33:33 EST Chapter 15 - Day 54 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763160 My stomach is finally feeling better today....it seems it just needed a dose of really solid good nutrition. Seems I have lost my tolerance for Cheetos <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Stomach and intestines are happy again. <BR> Fun day with grand daughter <BR> Nice weather....have to appreciate the last days of summer <BR> Back into my routine <BR> <BR> Hope your day was a really good one! Let's keep fightin' the good fight! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:53:05 EST Chapter 15 - Days 51, 52, 53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761870 DAY 51 <BR> Vacation is very relaxing and fun. Good first half of the day. 104 fitness minutes. Ate too much at dinner. It was delicious and very rich. <BR> <BR> DAY 52 <BR> Dinner food from night before too rich for my stomach. "Green around the gills" as they say. Restless night of sleep, spent most of the day down until dinner time. The day's exercise plans went by the wayside. <BR> <BR> DAY 53 <BR> Departure day. Usual early rise, after a cup of coffee, I'll head to the hotel e... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:18:35 EST Chapter 15 - Days 49, 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760031 DAY 49 <BR> Enjoyed a nice day with granddaughter. Busy with client work, too. Took the long way to the playground today, so got some fitness minutes in. Ate healthy. <BR> <BR> DAY 50 <BR> Looking forward to a few days away with DH to relax and just be. Plan to keep up with fitness and for the most part, just try to maintain my weight, over the next few weeks, until the 2014 Fall Challenge begins. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a terrific Friday and weekend! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:33:09 EST Chapter 15, Day 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758820 A late rise today, after a long night of good rest. I am ready to begin the day. <BR> <BR> The challenge I started at the beginning of Summer,"2014 Summer 5% Challenge ends on Saturday, with the weigh in. I've held my own through a record number of food events and my birthday celebration. I had one more food event today -- a retirement celebration with friend -- when friend opened the door to reschedule next week, I jumped at it. Immediate relief.....I don't have to don my heavy duty ar... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:29:37 EST Chapter 15 - Days, 46, 47 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758390 A working blur....6 hours of sleep across two nights. I know this is not good for me. Can't wait to flop into bed tonight. Haven't walk the past 2 days; have been good with food choices. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Few more hours to bed. <BR> Got a zoo visit in with grand daughter before the thunderstorms are upon us. They are rumbling now in the distance. <BR> Looking forward to some quiet time away with DH soon. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Eat well. <BR> Rest. <BR> Sleep. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:49:03 EST Chapter 15, Day 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756827 Progress is sweet. If you read my blog yesterday, you might be thinking I am referencing my success over the Summer Challenge. Nope. What then? <BR> <BR> DH just handed me a couple of pieces of my favorite Platter's Orange Milk Chocolate. So true, I LOVE that stuff. I took one, and handed the other one back to him to eat. Progress! <BR> <BR> Yesterday at the graduation, I thought the butter cream frosting on the chocolate cake was much too sweet. What? Really? Yep. Scraped the fr... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:55:32 EST Chapter 15 - Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756154 "It will look better in the morning." (Colin Powell) Yes. What is it about the morning, the promise of a new day that makes everything feel full of promise and hope? I feel it's peace and calm and I am grateful. I take a long moment. I breathe. I "just be. " I linger a moment longer, loving the tranquility of a quiet morning. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Peace. Calm. Serenity. <BR> Joy of being down 10# now, thanks to 2014 Summer 5% Challenge...met and exceeded my weight loss goal 1... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:26:29 EST Chapter 15 - Day 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755927 One half of my day, my morning was fantastic. Enter second half: not so much. About to turn that around with a walk. <BR> <BR> Will check in again later, my friend. <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> Walked 71 minutes <BR> Ate healthy. <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 19:26:24 EST Chapter 15 - Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754871 I have granddaughter today and am looking forward to my day with her. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Reached 5% weight loss today for the 2014 Summer Challenge commitment....need to hold steady for my official Saturday weigh in. <BR> <BR> Client work has subsided to a more normal pace <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with fitness and Food Plan for today. <BR> Sit grand daughter <BR> Return merchandise to store <BR> <BR> Wishing you a terrific Thursday! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:09:30 EST Chapter 15 - Day 41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754152 Eight hours of good sleep and a late rise. Just what was needed, well, except, I missed my favorite part of the day....early mornings (5am-ish), a cup of joe, and some sparking time. <BR> <BR> It will be a quieter client work day. That is most welcomed. <BR> <BR> I need to focus on how to shave off 1# over this week and reach my 5% weight loss I committed to for the Summer Challenge; I've got 3 days to do something meaningful with before my weigh in. <BR> <BR> There is an Inbetween C... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:45:34 EST Chapter 15 - Day 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753937 I found myself juggling client work and Arden today. I managed and still had time in the afternoon to enjoy time with grand daughter. And laugh. It's true, "kids say the darndest things" DH and I find ourselves chuckling together...although she is quite serious about what she has to say. <BR> <BR> Come evening, after a long day like this I like to have a cup of coffee and watch the news. I fell asleep with half a cup of coffee in my hands, and didn't even wake up when I poured it on mys... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:03:29 EST Chapter 15 - Days 38, 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753259 DAY 38 <BR> August BD soiree was very nice....lots of family time. DS2 and DIL went to lots of effort ...a beautiful special time. Cake was cheesecake and not a fav....lol, I was good. No exercise, outside of chewing, lol. Came home and worked on client work until 2a <BR> <BR> DAY 39 <BR> Early rise for a 12 hour day of client work. Running on empty, but I keep going. Managed to fit a walk in at dusk. Tired of my Food Plan....really tired of it. Had a plate of macaroni for dinner....... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:48:16 EST Chapter 15 - Day 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751492 After a full night's rest, and an early rise, I am ready to start the day. After a very busy week, relaxation is #1 for me today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Gave myself the gift of sleep <BR> Grafeful that I lost 1# .... first weigh in post vacation....keeping the needle moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Shopping for me. <BR> Exercise. <BR> Follow Food Plan and challenge myself to increase fiber intake, this week's LTGL challenge <BR> Get a BD gift for Grandma M... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 05:49:39 EST Chapter 15 - Day 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751271 Exercise 85 minutes <BR> Ate healthy all day <BR> <BR> Running on a total of 12 hours sleep over the past three nights. You guessed it: client deadlines. <BR> <BR> So glad tomorrow is Saturday. Next week will be just as hectic. <BR> <BR> Happy August my Spark Friend! Let's make it a super good month! We got this! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:37:58 EST Chapter 15, Day 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750748 Exercise 74 min <BR> Ate healthy all day. <BR> Woot! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:51:29 EST Chapter 15 - Days 32, 33, 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749957 DAY 32 <BR> Frustrating client work day. No exercise, but ate healthy. <BR> <BR> DAY 33 <BR> No exercise, fun-filled busy day with granddaughter, with child care longer than usual to help DS while DIL is out of town. Snacked on salts and sweets....stopped off at the store on the way home from DS's to enable my bad habit.....bah! <BR> <BR> DAY 34 <BR> Worked at getting myself back on track again. Managed a 60 minute walk inbetween a really long day of client work. More on the job traini... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:51:19 EST Chapter 15 - Days 29, 30, 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747734 DAY 29 <BR> Spa treatment was so relaxing and nice. Enjoyed a a wonderful cookout on the hotel Weber grill. Our friends brought my favorite Cassatta cake all the way from our hometown in honor of our little August birthday celebration (me, DIL, GF). And yes, I did great with food plan up until "happy birthday" having more than my share of cake. <BR> <BR> DAY 30 <BR> Started the day out with an intense workout. Spent the afternoon walking around the town with granddaughter and then at a l... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:40:24 EST Chapter 15 - Days 26, 27, 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745779 DAY 26 <BR> Babysat granddaughter. Client audit at accountant's in the afternoon. Finished getting ready for trip. Food Plan going well, lots of steps in for the day, but nothing continuous so no workout. Champions in the Kitchen are probably wondering where I am. <BR> <BR> DAY 27 <BR> Travel day. Sleep day apparently, too. Slept most of the 4.5 hrs to arrive at destination, slept most of the afternoon away on my chair at the racecourse, retired early. Did a great job with Food Plan... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:43 EST Chapter 15, Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743105 I broke down today at family reunion with the food choices I made. Harumph. Exercise has been nonexistent since maybe last Thursday....it's been so busy I can't even recall. <BR> <BR> Seemed like everyone had a wonderful time. I never quite relaxed throughout enough to really kick back and enjoy all of the time with family. Not sure why, but I am thinking it was because I felt like I was hosting everything, because I made all of the arrangements for everyone. It felt like a whirlwind of... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:34:52 EST Chapter 15, Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741917 Survived yesterday's food event nicely, but not easily. Family gathering at the restaurant I chose was a success....everybody was in great spirits and sharing lots of laughter and stories. DS2 hosted a family reception at his home after dinner. <BR> <BR> Family will spend the day picnicing at a local themepark with a late dinner at a Buffalo wings hot spot, followed by moonlight bowling. Eat, eat, and eat some more. What a marathon of back to back eating challenges for me. <BR> <BR> DAY... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:07:37 EST Chapter 15, Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741646 A good, but busy day today. In 45 minutes, the family reunion begins! Looks like all of the plans are finally coming together nicely. After my half day meeting, I was busy cooking sides for a group size of 25 for tomorrow's family picnic at a local theme park. I should get lots of walking in. LOL, timing couldn't be better. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Family reunion starts NOW (well almost, lol) <BR> DH has settled down....his being out of his routine makes him a bit edgy...but that... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:09:55 EST Chapter 15, Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740539 Worked late, late rise. Plow ahead. <BR> <BR> High noon tea with sis for her birthday celebration was fun. Food choices were the worse: little tea sandwiches, tiny decadent desserts, cheese, crackers, fruit....well at least the last item made the "healthy" list. It was tough to manage it....focused on the fruit and cheese instead of the rest, but snitched a mouthful of this and that. Left with 150-200 calories for dinner last night, and it was just enough to manage some fish and summer ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:01:37 EST Chapter 15, Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739821 Not much of a walk got taken yesterday, but I put on 10K+ steps in before noon, from all of the household chores. Still, the SPAT only measure fitness as a continuous 10+ of any activity....suppose that's right all things considered. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Making time for an early morning walk <BR> Sister time today....it's my youngest sis's BD and we are all headed to Niagara On The Lake for a high noon tea. <BR> My houseguests has plans all day himself so I will have time to get s... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:45:31 EST Chapter 15, Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739358 House is clean and ready for my houseguest, my nephew. Arden will go down for a nap soon and then I can get some client work done. Not sure where I am fitting exercise in yet.... <BR> <BR> Need to dust off the Scrabble game. Jigsaw puzzle is out and waiting for some interested party. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Ready for company. <BR> My sis has arrived with her family. <BR> Healthy dinner planned for tonight <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Health and fitness....60 minutes <BR> Work my F... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:38:07 EST Chapter 15, Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738402 Late rise. Breathe. Center. Focus. Ohmmmmm. <BR> <BR> Better. <BR> <BR> Busy day of client work, preparations for family houseguest for the week, 2 hours of fitness...it all will get done. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Caught up on some much needed sleep I guess. <BR> Workin' my Plan <BR> Clear, beautiful day <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Execute health and fitness plan: Plan & track foods, 3 meals, 64 oz water, healthy snacks, 120 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> Find a restaurant for Frida... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:56:19 EST Chapter 15, Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738265 Part busy, part relaxing. Jeesh....thought I had blogged today. Nope, but it's still "today" to me, lol, even though the clock struck midnight 20 minutes ago. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got caught in a downpour while walking today....smart enough to have grabbed my raincoat on my way out the door. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 113 fitness minutes early this morning; another 15 on the stationery bike at 11:40p. LOL, had to complete my goals for the day. Just made it, too. Last minute Sus... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:25:06 EST Chapter 15, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737117 Grand daughter's birthday celebration with family and friends today. Another big food event. My, MY, I am getting lots of practice negotiating these things. Hope that serves me well as I deal with the continuous 5 day food fest starting Wednesday. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Hope my recent weight loss progress is enough to buoy me up in the sea of food. My clothes are looking better, and that's been a good start, but I need to keep progressing. The 2014 Summer 5% Challenge has really he... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:10:55 EST Chapter 15, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736975 Another long, but beautiful weather day. After a full day of client work, I finally got outside for my 66 minute walk. Temperatures were cool and comfortable. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Tracked, 3 meals, stayed in calorie range (1,234) <BR> Got my fitness minutes in <BR> Got an invitation to my cousin's DD's graduation....looking forward to seeing them...lived next door to my 6 girl cousins....we were one big extended family. There was always someone to play with and we were a large p... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:49:39 EST Chapter 15, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736344 Walked around the zoo for 1.5 hours today and forgot to wear my SPAT <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Really nice day for the zoo. The baby rhino, born 2 months ago in captivity, was the animal highlight of the day. She so sweetly followed rhino mom everywhere, and at times galloping (do rhinos gallop?) after her mom. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Lots of bonus exercise at the zoo on a beautiful clear day. <BR> New screen door....so nice for keeping the flies out of the house! I don't know w... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:39:03 EST Chapter 15, Day 15....SPAT is now syncing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735071 Woke up to my past days fitness minutes uploaded, so it seems that Fitlinxx has fixed their technical issues. My tracker data looks right, the feed page is missing some of the days data, but that stuff is just commentary, I think, but I will notify Spark of this issue in case there is something else that needs to be "righted." <BR> <BR> Busy week, and it's not going to let up any time soon, until August. Family reunion first, then vacation. DH and I decided to extend our mini vacation by... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:59:20 EST Chapter 15, Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734672 Worked through the night. Grand daughter is sleeping....think I will catch a few Zzzzs while I can. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Two client deadlines out of the way. <BR> Walked for at least 20 minutes today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the food course....track, 3 meals, 64 ounces of water, eat within calorie range <BR> Some fitness <BR> Nap, yes, definitely a nap. <BR> <BR> Have a "sparkle-in" good day! <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> Tracked, 3 meals, fell asleep....under calorie range (... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:15:57 EST Chapter 15, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734081 I could have used one more holiday day this weekend, how about you? <BR> <BR> There was lightening this morning so chose to walk 3 miles with Leslie Sansone this morning and ride the stationery bike for 10 minutes. When the weather cleared early evening, I got my other hour of walking in. The air is so humid and thick. <BR> <BR> I spent the day procrastinating with everything "client work." Bah....probably be working late tonight. <BR> <BR> On fitness, "just do it" got me through it. ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:33:50 EST Chapter 15, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733186 Happy Sunday! Another new week of opportunities awaits! Do we know where we are headed? <BR> <BR> “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” (Yogi Berra) <BR> <BR> Got it! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got my 120 fitness minutes in early today <BR> Planned well for tonight's food event....well....at least that is what things look like, right here, right now. (note to self: be firm with yourself!) <BR> Relaxing day...(whoops! planned on lots of client wo... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:28:15 EST Chapter 15, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732347 Flatlined. No reason. I don't want to exercise today, even afer a great week. No matter. I'm laced up and ready to go. "Just do it" plays over and over again in my head like a broken record (lol, vinyl records....remember those?) <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Lost 2# this past week. <BR> Successfully negotiated the restaurant dinner last night. <BR> Sun is shining, the morning is cool and bright! <BR> DH watered all of the plants....usually we split the job. <BR> <BR> WEEK'S GOALS <BR... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:22:04 EST Chapter 15, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732146 Morning evaporated, but started day off at 5a with cat care at my friend's, then a walk, then a visit with DS2. Come after noon, tried to resolve technical difficulties I was having with my SPAT loading my fitness minutes up. After 3 hours of lost time, I happened to read my Sparkmail and then saw that Coach Jen got a broadcast message out to all SPAT owners that the site was down. <em>40</em> Frustrated, but relieved the problem is not on my end. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Went ou... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:37:52 EST Chapter 15, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731516 Overslept from working late night before. Flew out of the house to administer med to friend's cat that I have charge over for the next week. Harumph. No time for a morning walk before granddaughter arrived. <BR> <BR> Pleased with myself that I made no excuses today to get out and walk in the evening. (It's no secret that I hate doing my walk in the evening and will make any excuse not to do it.) <BR> <BR> Trip to the zoo was cancelled because of rain; chose Bounce Magic instead. Grandda... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:55:58 EST Chapter 15, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730966 Long day. Productive. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Got my tracking done. <BR> Stayed in calorie range (1,248 calories) <BR> Reduced walking as planned, 82 minutes <BR> Drank 64 oz water. <BR> <BR> Hope your day was a good one! Good night, friends. <em>102</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 23:58:34 EST Chapter 15, Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730081 Busy, busy day. I am trying to focus only on today, otherwise I will fret about everything I have to get accomplished during July with client work, family reunion I have planned with my SIL, houseguests during that time, family vacation. And in the mix of all this, I need to make health and fitness a priority. <em>40</em> I need to lay an anchor somewhere. Breathe, just breathe..... <BR> <BR> So....back to today....it was great, a relaxing day with grand daughter. <BR> <BR> DAY'S P... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:26:08 EST Chapter 15, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729169 Worked long hours yesterday....running on 4 hours sleep, but it feels like none. Due at the gym at 6:15a, I decided just 1.5 hours of sleep wasn't going to cut it....I sent a text to my friend at 4:30a, when I was going to bed, that I just couldnt' do "bring a buddy to the gym free day" (me, being the buddy). <BR> <BR> I'm tanked and depleted of energy. No matter. I HAVE to find a way to get my 120 minutes in today. The team is counting on me helping to get us to the Grand Canyon. <BR> <... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:23:55 EST Chapter 15, Day 5....enroute to Grand Canyon (virtual) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728493 Late rise today, as I got home after midnight last night from babysitting grand daughter. <BR> <BR> Had to wait out a thunderstorm before I could walk. Momma! Hot and muggy. Pushed myself through nearly 5 miles. I was a hot and wet mess when I finally got home. Hop on the stationery bike for 5 more minutes for some intensity....Push...push....push. DONE! <BR> <BR> SPAT loads up.....115 minutes! <em>40</em> WTF? Now I gotta go another 10 minutes today, or the SPAT won't recognize m... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:41:39 EST Chapter 15, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727516 Today, 2014 Summer 5% Challenge departs for the Grand Canyon. It is so majestic there. I look forward to seeing it again, this time with my team. <BR> <BR> I like the format of the Summer Challenge so far. Sensibly, they are helping us to build one solid habit at a time, a new habit so far to work on every week. That strategy helps a person not to become overwhelmed. Very thoughtful structure. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Lost 2# <BR> New trip today...LOL...I was starting to slack of... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:55:19 EST Chapter 15, Day 2 & 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726836 DAY 2 <BR> If I don't exercise first thing.....it just may not happen. But I made it happen for at least 38 minutes of strolling granddaughter back and forth to the playground. <BR> <BR> Started my client work day at 4:36a to get some work done before grand daughter arrived. Rush client work sandwiched wherever I could in the day. A stressful day. After dinner, collapsed on the couch....I thought, I gotta get up and move. I commanded it: "body, rise." Body was clearly going no where. ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:44:05 EST Chapter 15, Day 1 of 100 Days of Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725531 Another new chapter -- Chapter 15. I have a good feeling about the new chapter, as I just started the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge. I want to do well for the team, pull my weight (through the walking miles), so both literally and figuratively. <BR> <BR> My motivation is renewed. I am focused. I want to shed this extra weight right now, more than I want to snack. Mentally, I like this place where I am right now. <BR> <BR> Wet walk, 104 minutes, finished off with another 16 minutes of walkin... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:26:25 EST Chapter 14, Day 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724699 Well, how about that, another 100 Days of Accountability! <BR> <BR> REFLECTIONS <BR> This was a remarkable Chapter 14....but not in a good way, as I played with the same number of pounds, cycling around, and am now back where I started back in January 2014. But, things could be worse. I could have more than slacked off, cause this girl loves to EAT! <BR> <BR> But, and this is an important BUT. BUT, while in the last few days of Chapter 14, I pulled myself together and committed to doin... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:40:03 EST Chapter 14, Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724418 So sleepy....running on just 3 hours of sleep as I had to meet a deadline on client work. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> I survived the day <BR> Got most of my exercise in before the day's craziness began. <BR> Stuck to food plan <BR> Bed <BR> <BR> Total calories 1,213 <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of your support today, my friend. Sorry I am such a party pooper. Catch up with you tomorrow SparkFriends. <em>102</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:54:43 EST Chapter 14, Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723240 We are well on our way to Rio during the 2014 Summer Champions 5% Challenge! Just got back from an early morning walk. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Fitness is done for day! <BR> Beautiful, sunny, cool morning. <BR> 2014 Summer 5% Challenge is fun! So many super supportive Sparker Teammates <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Drink up! <em>91</em> 8 glasses <BR> Another food event to negotiate today....this one is a buffet. Goodness! I'll have to be extra careful. <BR> <BR> Wishing us all a... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:06:09 EST Chapter 14, Day 97 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722802 First day of the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge! We are on our way to Rio! Woot! <BR> <BR> Laced up and got out early for 120 minutes of walking, so a great start! Working on my 64 ounce pitcher of water. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Happy I made the decision to join the challenge and do something about my weight. <BR> Pleasing "morning after" ....no regrets ... because I executed my food plan last night at restaurant <BR> Looking forward to some time with grand daughter this afternoon whi... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:09:07 EST Chapter 14, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721883 It's a gorgeous morning. I so love the summer. I'm up a bit later than usual today. Had to get some extra rest to be ready for my first virtual plane trip with the 2014 Summer Champions in the Kitchen teammates. We are departing for some unknown place; it is sure to be a memorable experience! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Beautiful morning for my morning walk. <BR> Successfully did "hungry" again last night when I went to bed instead of snacking. <BR> Family time with DS3 and girlfriend... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:17:33 EST