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/ A little bit about me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223595 Saw this on one of my spark friend's page....I enjoyed reading hers.....decided to share more about me.... <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? On the couch, next to me. <BR> <BR> Spouse? Yes....38+ years <BR> <BR> Your hair? Gray now (colored, sometimes brown, sometimes more toward blond) <BR> <BR> Your mother? Deceased for almost 10 years now. <BR> <BR> Your father? Deceased for almost 10 years now. <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? Time with granddaughter <BR> <BR> Your dream last nig... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:44:53 EST Chapter 22, Day 94 ... tick, tock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223548 tick, tock.... <BR> <BR> counting down now to the days of "I do" for DS1 and DS3's weddings. <BR> <BR> My dresses. Weight loss: big job in front of me.... <BR> <BR> I've taken notice. This is no time for half hearted commitments of the past. My goal between now and Oct 1 (wedding 1) will focus primarily on Food Plan, especially over the next 2 weeks and then I will re-evaluate based on progress. <BR> <BR> I pushed through another first day yesterday. <BR> <BR> Miss my SPAT -- darn p... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:09:50 EST Chapter 22, Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214697 Why not? What? Blog, silly. <BR> <BR> Oh. Thought you meant, well why not get back on track? <BR> <BR> That's good, too. <BR> <BR> Good, better, <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> In search of excellence, then? <BR> <BR> Yes. It all starts with a single step. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 03:54:34 EST Chapter 22, Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199174 Just passed the mid point of Chapter 22. I'm excited about this half....feeling re-energized and interested in my Program again. <BR> <BR> Goals over the next 50 days: <BR> <BR> Interval training (walk / run combo) <BR> Strength training -- time to get at my arms <BR> Clean eating every day except on 2 food event days; food event days can't exceed weight x 15 calories. <BR> <BR> Time to get some food choice streaks, no evening snacking and fitness streaks back in play. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PO... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:54:33 EST Chapter 22, Day 38 ... gotta get rid of the Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191619 Gotta get rid of the snacking. Yeah. That's what I wrote also on Day 26. Been too busy snacking meanwhile. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Today, I try again, and I mean REALLY TRY to tackle that beast. I know from experience, all I need is a tiny, wee streak of no snacking, and it will launch my program out of the park. <em>530</em> (My greatest nuggets of wisdom seem to surface in the morning....I need to hold on to these thoughts like a repeating and broken record -- lol, anybody rememb... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:48:45 EST Chapter 22, Day 26 --- gotta get rid of the snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184412 Brother. I get my fitness minutes in and usually walk 20-25 miles weekly. I make good meal choices. If it weren't for snacking, I'd have been at goal weight Chapters ago. I am a slow learner, who needs a good dose of consistent FOREVER self-discipline. <BR> <BR> How about I concentrate only on today? Splendid. Time to get to it. <BR> <BR> Got caught up on much needed sleep, I'm awake, and re-awakened Program. And, I'll try to mean it beyond this blog, lol. (hey! not funny...yah, I kn... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:48:39 EST Chapter 22, Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180763 Audit is underway....and a tired me is back into my daily routine again. <BR> <BR> This past week was absolutely wicked, sacrificing 3 nights of sleep, 2 of them were back to back -- yes, that's right 3 days straight with no sleep. It was difficult not to eat, being awake, and hungry, but I stuck to my convictions to not eat during what would have been "sleep time" or for self-comfort. My weigh in this morning confirmed my victory. <BR> <BR> Today....I feel like I'm on vacation with no... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:40:57 EST Chapter 22, Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176707 Yesterday was a good day with fitness. I increased my intensity by walking as fast as I could and swinging my arms to bring up my heart rate. Today, my glutes are sore, so that means I worked some new muscles as a positive. My HR was raised 15-20 points over the walk, per my Fitbit (love that feature). Burned more calories, covered another mile, because I was walking that much faster. <BR> <BR> Family time was nice yesterday. Recital was good. Granddaughter did well, but after her perf... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 04:35:23 EST Chapter 22, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176156 Early rise. Need to get client work done today and my walk in before I have to leave the house for granddaughter's dance recital. My favorite ice cream custard stand is close by. It will be a challenge, but I must repeat in my head, over and over, until it sounds natural: "baby cone please." <BR> <BR> I need to push out the client work today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Scale cooperated this morning. <em>224</em> <BR> Fitness & 1400 daily calorie streak still going <BR> Family... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 04:20:02 EST Chapter 22, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175562 It's going to be a bear of a day today with client work, carryforward from yesterday, late afternoon. It's going to be a challenge getting some fitness minutes in, so though lower in minutes, I'll try to get three 10 minute sessions in and use them as stress relievers. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Forced myself to get some sleep instead of working through the night. <BR> Managed an iffy day calorie wise yesterday to keep my food plan streak in play. <BR> Streak is still going with fitness... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:42:41 EST Chapter 22, Day11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174184 Hmmm.....bone in foot's bothering me since yesterday....visions of past stress fracture play on in my brain....will take a very short walk to see how it feels..... <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Grateful for another day under 1400 calories and fitness minutes in early morning <BR> Looking forward to taking granddaughter to Niagara Falls today on such a pleasant sunny, cooler day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Short walk. <BR> Stay in calorie range....will treat GD to an ice cream; need to rest... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:39:29 EST Chapter 22, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173854 Tracking is such a good offense for me at times. Yesterday, I started my meals by eating dinner for breakfast. <em>40</em> I was so hungry after my walk, and well the leftovers from the cookout were ready and waiting for me. The star of the show was some kind of Asian cabbage slaw with some sliced almonds, vinegar, soy, ramen noodles, some sweetener, some oil....delicious. I only had a spoonful at dinner the night before; I was really enjoying this 1 cup side. Cabbage right? How bad... Tue, 31 May 2016 15:34:35 EST Chapter 22, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172837 I effectively managed the cookout food event, if my day is measured by my total daily calories being under for the day. But I have many buts, that make me feel I was not successful: <BR> - I got into the appetizers and their combined calories were higher than the actual meal; only one was really bad -- potato chips <BR> - I had half glass of wine <BR> - I had a half piece of a layered pudding dessert <BR> <BR> Because I submitted to food temptations, I'm left feeling unsuccessful, and did no... Mon, 30 May 2016 05:07:09 EST Chapter 22, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172274 Cookout at DS2's today. My danger zone is always the appetizer hour. I am forewarned, have plan in hand, and must execute it if I am to effectively manage this food event. <BR> <BR> It rained hard last evening.....the plants love the rain water. It will be beautiful, sunny, & hot today. <BR> <BR> I've been challenging myself to burn off a certain amount of calories on my Fitbit daily. It's taking me 16K steps and 1-3/4 hours to achieve. I am going to try substituting some exercise at ... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:40:46 EST Chapter 22, Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171746 I actually went to bed hungry last night, instead of succumbing to snacks. And survived the experience, lol. Sweet victories. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Victory over snacking urges. <BR> Enjoyed the yard with DH last night, sitting & chatting til dark <em>129</em> <BR> Early morning rise....love my quiet time with my coffee <BR> Another beautiful day to enjoy <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Get out for my walk before 7a <BR> Execute plan for 1300ish daily calories <BR> Client work <BR... Sat, 28 May 2016 06:35:39 EST Chapter 22, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171168 Waiting for daylight so I can get my walk in while temperatures are cool and it is peaceful. My early morning exercise works outs so much better for me for so many reasons: its cooler, quiet, and I get it done before the busyness of the day threatens to deter me from getting out in the first place. <BR> <BR> Today, my big focus will be on eating on the low end of my daily calorie range (weigh in tomorrow). I need some traction on my food plan, which has been up and down as of late. <BR>... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:38:37 EST Chapter 22, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170539 Keep exercise streak going. About to lace up now for an early morning walk. <BR> <BR> Snacking is creeping back into my life. Today, I beat back those demons as best I can. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Early morning....love 'em! <BR> Love the warmer temperatures (so do my tomato plants!) <BR> Exercise streak, day 4 <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Start a No Snacking in Evening streak ... a must do! <BR> Client work. <BR> Sit granddaughter in afternoon <BR> <BR> Wishing you an awesome, hea... Thu, 26 May 2016 06:09:43 EST Chapter 22, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170534 Exercise is going well. Food choices were good, except for a snacking session....bah. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Spent a nice afternoon at the zoo with granddaughter <BR> Early morning walk. <BR> Beautiful weather <BR> Tomato plants are looking healthy, fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:04:44 EST Chapter 22, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169502 Got up early and out for my walk. Such a nice day today. Did a little weeding in the garden. It's a "hungry day" if you know what I mean....so a tougher day for me. I will try and beat back the temptations. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Streak of 2 days....fought off snacking urges last night, Yay! Going after Day 3. <BR> Scale is inching downward....hello again....missed that. <BR> Gorgeous day in the 70s... <BR> Walk is done for today <BR> Enjoyed a visit with DS3 today. <BR> <BR> D... Tue, 24 May 2016 13:01:56 EST Chapter 22, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168632 So far so good... <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> My lilies of the Valley are getting ready to bloom (new planting) <BR> 60 minute walk is done for the day <BR> Health & Fitness Streak: 1 day <BR> Healthy leftovers for dinner tonight <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Finish day under 1300 calories <BR> Client work....not feelin' it...will need to focus <BR> <BR> Work your plan, friend. I will, too! Mon, 23 May 2016 08:54:10 EST Chapter 22, Day 1...read a menu ahead of dining out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168006 Welcome Chapter 22! Here's to the next 100 days! <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>551</em> <em>45</em> <em>492</em> <em>365</em> <BR> <BR> MIL really enjoyed her evening out to dinner and a community theater play. So did I. <BR> <BR> I thought I made a good choice for dinner at Cheesecake Factory (had gift card to use up): Grilled salmon on a small bed of rice,with a Thai sauce with a few roasted vegetables. When I looked this morning at the restaurant nutrition info, I l... Sun, 22 May 2016 08:51:49 EST Chapter 21, Day 100 ... goodbye to a lackluster chapter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167371 Chapter 21: I wasted your time, and my own. No hard feelings, just regrets, and a Goodbye. <BR> <BR> The 100 days have been unremarkable. Just a little mouse on the wheel, getting no place. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chapter 22: 100 Days of Accountability (yes that is what these chapters are.....somehow their core purpose has been lost). I look forward to becoming re-acquainted with you. Tomorrow then, though I will not waste today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> New opportunity with the I... Sat, 21 May 2016 07:55:31 EST Chapter 21, Day 94 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163378 The sleepover was fun with my granddaughter. This afternoon, I will be going to my other granddaughter's dance recital, "Moving Miracles." A dance troupe for the physical and mentally challenged, it is always a very moving, emotional, and yes, uplifting experience. Music and dance provides such great joy. It's an afternoon that reminds me of life's many blessings, so pure and simple: a smile, joy in its purest form. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Family time. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR>... Sun, 15 May 2016 11:17:28 EST Chapter 21, Day 93 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162582 I didn't pull "health and fitness" together yesterday for any measurable amount of success. Today is a new day of opportunity. Hope abounds. <BR> <BR> Grand is spending the night while her parents enjoy a date night. Come 6p there will be lots of added joy and life to our household. <BR> <BR> Temps have cooled from 80 down to the 30s. What a swing. Gloves in May...really? <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Weekend ...catch up time with client work and some quiet time. <BR> Granddaughter ... Sat, 14 May 2016 05:43:22 EST Chapter 21, Day 92 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161992 Rainy this morning. Clearing up now for a while and a walk out doors. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Plants love the rain water, even if I do not. <BR> Flowers, tomato plants, and herbs all planted <BR> Getting more focused on health and fitness again <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Eat within daily calorie range <BR> Walk <BR> Client work <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is fab! <em>104</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 07:50:58 EST Chapter 21, Day 91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161304 I haven't blogged in awhile. Focused on other things, not as important as me and the Plan toward greater health and fitness. <BR> <BR> Last couple of days were a combo of greatness and misses regarding goals in the area of my food choices. What used to work well for me? For one thing, my 100 Days of Accountability that I used to set the day's intentions. I'm going to try to get back to this habit, that framed my day with some plans and captured some positives for every day. <BR> <BR> A ... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:18:41 EST Chapter 21, Day 54 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143837 It's been quite a lapse since my last blog. A sure signal I have been off Plan. Today, though I rallied to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Exercise: Walked 60 minutes; added a 30 minute loop doing the stairs. <BR> Food Plan: Stuck to my food plan despite hosting a food event this evening. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Nice family time. <BR> Meal turned out great....many compliments <BR> On track, despite food event <BR> Steps today: 23,126 <BR> <BR> I'm dog tired after a busy day, satisfyi... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:38:30 EST Chapter 21, Day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127888 It's been quite the lapse since my last blog. Left for FL, with a suitcase full of dient files (my only suitcase). The work doesn't stop, though a trip away does (happy to be getting home again today). The rental was teeny, tiny, but DH and I made it all work somehow with a makeshift office. The trip was mostly work, little play, but there was sunshine and ocean breezes galore to enjoy. It was nice to get some walking in pleasant weather. Too bad it was accompanied with too much eating. ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:06:17 EST Chapter 21, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116601 It's been very busy lately, doing my "hail mary" to have client books ready for 1 corporate and 3 audits. Auditors are determined to begin as scheduled, so either way its going to happen, but I won't be completely finished and they are willing to work around it with me. Soon enough this will be behind me and I relish that thought (yes, relish....a strong word to describe a strong desire, lol). <BR> <BR> I got 9 hours of sleep last night.... a luxury I treated myself too. That puts me 5 hou... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:10:02 EST Chapter 21, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106878 Winter Challenge was a good run for me. I exceeded the 5% weight loss by 1#. It's good to be back in the game, as they say. <BR> <BR> I just signed up for the Spring Challenge. I've got some traction going and need to stay focused, disciplined, consistent regarding my healthy eating, particularly. Baby steps, all the way. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Time with DH <BR> Sunshine <BR> "Me time" <BR> Rest <BR> 5% weight loss over the Winter Challenge <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Execute on... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:32:02 EST Chapter 21, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102618 A new Chapter of 100 Days of Accountability. I like where 20 ended and 21 begins: On Plan. It's about time.....the last 18 Chapters were a roller coaster ride for me. Have I learned something new, or is the need to fit into 2 dresses for the the October weddings, the powerful force at play? <BR> <BR> Saw 159# this morning. Hello! <BR> <BR> Just a teaser, a mere glimpse (ate little yesterday). It's the number I need when I weigh on the scale this Saturday to achieve a 5% weight loss f... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:42:39 EST Chapter 20, Day 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102360 Well this is a very anti-climatic final day of my Chapter 20. I was all set to make some profound reflections, but instead I'm flopping into bed after a 19 hour work day (yes, you guessed, I worked through the night when I said I would not. So dog tired, even too tired to eat, but a bowl of soup. <BR> <BR> Suffice it to say the last 40 days of Chapter 20 have been very good; I've been working my Plan and losing weight. I'm doing nothing fancy, just eating less, exercising more. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:21:21 EST Chapter 20, Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101074 I'm coming down the homestretch on Chapter 20. I will reflect tomorrow, on my 100th day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was productive, but I did not get to my client work....not good. But I did force myself to get in my 30 minutes on the stairs within 10K steps. And I ate healthy. So all in all, a good day. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed time with DS2s dogs overnight. It was just discovered the one has a fatal adrenal gland tumor; surgery has a 25% mortality rate, and that's if the docs can get her blood pres... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:30:06 EST Chapter 20, Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100342 Hello day. You better believe I am ready to take you on. Productivity is the name of the game today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Grateful the scale needle moved downward this morning <BR> Thankful for for a new day of opportunity <BR> Appreciative for a positive focus, kicking negativity to the curb <BR> You....thank you always for your support and friendship <BR> My God, my faith, my Anchor. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Remain streadfast, determined, productive in achieving today's fitn... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 07:17:30 EST Chapter 20, Day 97 & Notes of Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099544 I am updating this morning's blog, after getting such helpful feedback from you, being discouraged with today's scale weigh in. Instead of thinking about what I am not seeing, you made me take stock on what I can see looking over the past 30 days: <BR> <BR> Lost 9# <BR> Lost 2.5" in my waist <BR> Lost 3 inches on my hips <BR> <BR> So I salute my progress, and appreciate your helping me re-tool my perspective. <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know what my official weigh ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:15:05 EST Chapter 20, Day 95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097892 Pushing forward with Plan, though I've not done the 30 minute loop of stairs in nearly a week. Shoveled 15" of heavy snow yesterday -- 128 minutes and I still wasn't done. My back soreness today reflect this rigor. Minding food plan, but it could be going better.....been sneaking in too many refined carbs, but staying within daily calorie range, but it is time to clean my act up, as the scale needle isn't budging. <BR> <BR> Client work is plentiful and moving along (yes, I am supposed to ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:59:18 EST Chapter 20, Day 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093300 Alleluia! The scale needed has finally inched downward....first time since Saturday, though I have been very on track. <em>41</em> One should not have to fight so hard! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'll enjoy the weather for today....heavy lake effect snows with 38 mph winds predicted for our area tomorrow. Extra calorie burn from shoveling certain. Saturday in single digits, wind chill will be 20-30 degrees below zero. Warnings are out to stay indoors, keep pets in, watch over the elderly... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:14:54 EST Chapter 20, Day 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092451 Woke early and feeling good like I should and usually do. Guessing I'm past the tiredness of the cold I've had. 3" of snow to greet me this morning.....should be a quick shovel. <BR> <BR> Scale isn't budging this week though I've been on track.... <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Not too much snow. <BR> Feeling really good this morning, chipper even. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Shovel. <BR> 30 minutes of fitness on the stairs within 10K daily steps <BR> Stay th... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:27:02 EST Chapter 20, Day 87 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091587 Another day of opportunity awaits. Advancing forward toward my goals, small step by small step. <BR> <BR> Had a super productive day yesterday with client work. Food choices went super well. I did get fitness minutes in but procrastinated on the loop of stairs and fell asleep on the couch, waking after midnight, so no loop, no 10K steps. My cold makes me need rest, and I'm trying to be smart about it and get the extra rest I need, so I'm giving myself a pass. I do feel like I'm in a we... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:54:57 EST Chapter 20, Day 85 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089987 Lost my blog before I could post. <BR> <BR> Happy to have a "Bye" regarding Super Bowl. Having no food event today to challenge me is a blessing. <BR> <BR> Still, on the positive side, I've set my goals and organized my day to get me headed where I need to get to by the end of this week. I don't know if I will get there, but I've charted a course leading toward the right direction. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Appreciative for a day home today. <BR> Thankful I know where I'm headed toda... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:48:33 EST Chapter 20, Day 84 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089175 Lost another 1.5# this week. Glad. Worked hard for it, too. Shouldn't I be feeling psyched to lace up and get my fitness minutes in? Yawn. <BR> <BR> Sigh. Guess this is going to be one of those days when "just do it" is so darn fitting. So I will. And the sooner the better so I don't have to think about this commitment all day long. <BR> <BR> (cold coming on....could explain my "ho-hum" attitude....) <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> (keyboard delay....thinking....) <BR> Scale cooperate... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:07:38 EST Chapter 20, Day 83 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088312 Usually when I have lapses in blogging, it's also a lapse in health and fitness. So what have I been up to? <BR> <BR> Workin' my Plan! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I've been good, very, very good. Interestingly, it has been challenging to get up to 1200 calories a day. The harder part for me has been getting my daily fitness minutes in of 10K steps that includes 30 or 40 minutes daily of a loop of stairs. I already failed at it, by one day. My hat is off to anybody that can keep a 10K str... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:39:50 EST Chapter 20 - Day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082023 Yesterday had its surprises -- but they weren't good ones: <BR> <BR> MIL developed another one of her UTIs so I had to run around town taking care of her medical needs. <BR> My client's grant sponsor requires an involved report during my upcoming vacation to visit DH in FL, and dashed my hopes for a "real" vacation <BR> My rental car got its bumper side swiped while parked & unoccupied <BR> <BR> Mad dash to complete client deliverables today, explaining my very, very early rise. <BR> <B... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:08:55 EST Chapte 20 - Day 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080331 I thought I should work through the night last night. My good sense took hold and I went to bed for a good night's rest. I feel rested but behind. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's walk to the hairdresser was a rainy one. So this is why I invested in decent rain/wind gear two years ago....who knew? When I was ready to leave, the rain had stopped but it was windy with 50 mph gusts. I was glad to be out of the elements when I got home. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> I'm working my Program - I've g... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:15:25 EST Chapter 20, Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079457 Usually a lapse in blogging for me is a MIA signal with health and fitness. It is super nice to report that is not so over these past very busy couple of days. But I did work on client work through the night from Sunday through to Monday. I caught a 2 hour nap during the day on Monday, had a wake early evening, and am glad for the 7hrs rest last night. <BR> <BR> Having no car since I returned home leaving it with DH in FL has made me very planful. Lucky for me I live in an area where I c... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:59:35 EST Chapter 20, Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076820 I've met alot of goals over this past week: <BR> <BR> Got my FitBit Charge HR up & running on Wednesday (thanks, DS3) <BR> Ramped up my exercise intensity, by doing the house stairs for 30 min daily <BR> Got 10,000 steps in daily except for Monday <BR> Kept my calorie intake under 1350 every day <BR> Lost 3# <BR> <BR> Take Away: Action has a payoff <BR> <BR> I've always known this. I can't say why I can't keep it in play all of the time. The drive to succeed has to be so much stronger t... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:36:29 EST Chapter 20, Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076037 Rose early....love an early start to my day. Doing so lets me take the time to wake slowly, enjoy my coffee, spark, catch up on some taped dvd if I want, and get my workout in before the client work starts. Yep, so love an early morning rise. <BR> <BR> News is all over the snowstorm. Having dealt with my share of blizzards, I'm overjoyed that the storm will miss Buffalo, NY. Thank you Mother Nature....now honor your word. For those of you who are dealing with it, stay warm and safe. <BR>... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:18:44 EST Chapter 20, Day 69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075569 Ever have your exercise commitment hanging over your head for the day? That's today. I really don't like to have to think about honoring this commitment. All day. For me, it is much better if I get my exercise out of the way early. It has a payoff besides the obvious: I feel productive, successful right from the get go. It's a nice way to start any day. <BR> <BR> (Can it be true that people do become addicted to exercise? In my wildest dream!) <BR> <BR> Life can be about compromises,... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:57:39 EST Chapter 20, Day 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071621 Gee could this be a blog streak in the making? Maybe. Rather it be a health and fitness streak. "If it is to be, it is up to me"(Unknown). Actually, the author is probably not unknown, I'm just too lazy to look up the citation -- have you every been guilty of that? <em>531</em> I won't tell, promise! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just discovered I went back to Chapter 19. <em>40</em> <em>2</em> Yes, true, I didn't get Chapter 19 right, but one must move on. Corrected my blogs to "Chapt... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:56:02 EST Chapter 20, Day 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071201 Another blog lapse. Symbolic of my health and fitness Program, too. My Challenge forced me into a reality check: 170s. Boy. I haven't seen that number since 2006. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I must deal with this. Now. <BR> <BR> Like a good little Challenge team mate, I planned my meals and tracked my nutrition. I felt energized and empowered for a productive day. <BR> <BR> Future DIL called to ask me to come along with the wedding party and her mom to help her pick out her wedding ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:28:51 EST