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 24, Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319023 Dog tired today, so I will be brief, so I can get to bed for a nap before I dig into more client work. <BR> <BR> I ordered a blouse that is too small for me but that I just love. I bought it to help keep me motivated. <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got some client work done. <BR> I was more powerful than food; still weaning off the junk....the temptation to go on the prowl for more food is pretty strong. I know each successful day will weaken this state of mind. <BR> I got... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:38:16 EST Chapter 24, Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318467 As it turned out, Days 69 and 70 were practice days. Today I got it right. I've got some mojo going. James Brown's song plays on in my head, " I feel good...I knew that would now...." <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 50 degree day for my walk out doors <BR> Pushed myself to walk for 65 minutes <BR> Stuck to my food plan, with one close call <BR> Got an invitation to dinner to DS2s....very nice....I didn't go because I was afraid I'd get knocke... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:27:44 EST Chapter 24, Day 69 ....full steam ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317312 My time to write a blog is long over due. I just got out of the habit with it, and with my strong focus on fitness and health. Tax season is my busiest season for client work, the cold weather inhibits my favorite form of exercise (walking out doors), yada, yada, yada.....excuses! Blogging, health, fitness -- all three need attention from me. The clock is ticking, the time is now to act. Now. Not later. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Winter 5% Weight Loss Challenge. It started off with illn... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:48:36 EST Chapter 24, Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290153 24 and 24. A sign the day's intentions will be aligned with my action plan. I know, it's a symbolic stretch...."if it is to be, it is up to me" (author unknown). <BR> <BR> It was more work to pack my clothes as I had to try many things on to make sure they fit. It was my reality check that my body has packed on the same pounds I lost during the last Challenge and for the weddings. <BR> <BR> Last night's dinner plans got cancelled; DS3 is sick. Unfortunate, but I used my gift of time wi... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:56:57 EST Chapter 24 - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289323 Made it through Day 1 yesterday. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Make food plan & track food & water. <BR> Get 10 minutes of fitness in (more is preferred, but optional) <BR> Client work. <BR> Pack a suitcase for Florida for my periodic flights down there. <BR> Go to dinner at DS3s -- it is their first hosted dinner as a married couple! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Slept.....resisted my urge to work all through the night. <BR> A quiet day. <BR> Family time. <BR> Moving in the right direction o... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:46:18 EST Chapter 24, Day 22- Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288446 Happy New Year to you! Happy New Year to me! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Not to be wasted? Umm, right! <BR> <BR> Today's Plans: <BR> 10 minutes of fitness.....more encouraged! <BR> Plan meals focused on wholesome foods .... track, definitely! <BR> Balance: Work, play, work, play, work, play! <BR> <BR> Appreciate the Positives: <BR> DH's recovered from a flu bug <BR> 2017 opportunities! <BR> You <BR> A peaceful day..... <BR> <BR> Wishing you a year of good health, lots of happiness, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:32:13 EST Chapter 24, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285805 My lapses in blogs say it all: I am ignoring my health and fitness. This is not good for me. I know it, but I keep pounding down the leftover holiday goodies that people have given us, my share and DHs share. When will I stop using my body for a trash can? The sixty four million dollar question. <BR> <BR> My inner thoughts are shouting out: STOP. I seem unable to listen. When did I stop mattering to me? <BR> <BR> The Chapters of 100 days have come and gone. 23 or 2300 days of spot... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:58:15 EST Chapter 23, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276986 Not too much new since my last blog. It's been a lot of failed attempts to get back on track with the Eating Plan. I'm getting out for some weekly fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> The family is looking into a different living arrangement for my 94 year old MIL. She's taken some falls and with each passing month is losing more of her independence; we are at her apartment helping her almost daily now. The assisted living tours are stressful; the family is divided on the right facility and the... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:37:02 EST Chapter 23, Day 80 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269652 It's Thanksgiving time. It's my favorite holiday of the year. I love all of the traditional foods, and the time to give thanks. There is so much good in my life. And it has been a wonderful year. Because Thanksgiving Day is full of hustle and bustle, and lots of wonderful competing conversation going on all at once, I'm going to begin my celebration of thanks now. <BR> <BR> REFLECTIONS OF GRATITUDE.... <BR> Everyone is doing well, and there are no significant health issues we are dealing ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:27:02 EST Chapter 23, Day 58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258688 Welcome, weekend! <BR> <BR> It was a long productive week, among client work and running MIL to her medical tests with multiple calls to doctors for follow up. Our vehicle broke down yesterday. I turned that inconvenience into an opportunity to walk to and from my hair appointment. I got in 4 days of exercise and ate healthy 6 days out of , but night time snacking needs more control. I can do better. New opportunities await. Welcome, new week! <BR> <BR> Welcome new day! I will treat... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 04:18:40 EST Chapter 23, Day 53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256242 Welcome M-F structure! I can't think of a better way to frame a day. Add to that some intentions, and I'm off for a day of productivity. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> My client work pile has been halved by my productivity <em>224</em> <BR> Should be a quiet day. <BR> Looking forward to a walk outside today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course, stay focused. <BR> <BR> Wishing you an awesome day! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:08:08 EST Chapter 23, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255763 I had a good day yesterday: it was productive and I met my fitness and food plan goals. <BR> <BR> I've met my goal for fitness today. I over ate on breakfast, and am teetering on exceeding my calorie limit for the day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Enjoyed the quiet sunny morning during my walk. <BR> Moving health and wellness center stage again. <BR> All caught up on taped tv shows. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Manage the rest of the day's calories to be within allowable range. <BR> Cl... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:15:15 EST Chapter 23, Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255256 Time to regroup. <BR> <BR> Life has consumed me lately. It's time to put aside the things I can't control. It is time to start grabbing some time to take care of me, and my health and wellness. And fitness. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Will be able to spend a little time with grandson today. <BR> You, sparkdom. <BR> Kids are safely back in town from their trips. <BR> DH, suffering from knee troubles, is seeing some progress. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Get out for a walk. <BR> Enjoy a ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:13:45 EST Chapter 23, Day 25 ... Fall Challenge Kick-Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241014 Kick Off? Wow, that sounds special. I guess I better plan some events around my day that launches the Fall Challenge in fitting fashion. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:12:24 EST Chapter 21, Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240174 Happy Autumn season! And what a beautiful Indian Summer day in which to launch the new season! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Zumba tonight! <em>224</em> <BR> Beautiful day. <BR> Client audit meeting is behind me. <em>41</em> <BR> Quieter rest if the day <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Execute food plan. <BR> Get fitness minutes in at zumba tonight. <BR> <BR> Let's get some traction going for the new season! <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:25:44 EST Chapter 23, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237511 Enjoying a relaxing, very rainy day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Quit exercise after 25 min from the rain, but made no excuse and finished with my LS dvd inside. <BR> So far, following my Food Plan <BR> Lots of needed rest last night.....nice, quiet day. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:50:06 EST Chapter 23, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236678 Hello new day. Time to make the most of the time I have left before the weddings with some weight loss. Lately, I've just been maintaining, from snacking daily on cheese popcorn or chex mix. Talk about dumb, really, because the rest of my eating has been really healthy. Darn me. Seems like I'm bound to have a relationship with spanx as I try to fit into my dresses for the weddings (darn me). <BR> <BR> Today. This is the day I can do something with. <BR> <BR> Early evening, I take MIL ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:25:19 EST Chapter 23, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233890 It's a wonderful Sunday. Peaceful. Lovely, cool, sunny temperatures with no humidity -- A beautiful Fall day is in the air..... <BR> <BR> The wedding shower was a beautiful event. The venue chosen was an old historic Inn, restaurant, museum, with working artist studios and gift shop -- the place has been on my list to visit for many years. I will definitely go back during the Fall when I have more time to tour the place. What a thunderstorm yesterday! So much rain! But not til late eve... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:36:48 EST Chapter 23, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232676 Went to Zumba class last night. Good class. I'm having trouble learning the steps....hope I catch on soon. No matter, I'm burning 500+ calories for my hour of investment. <BR> <BR> Time to cut out the snacking on low cal cheddar popcorn. I'm quite addicted to it, and instead I should be focusing on fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Today, I need to get the gifts ready for myself and the ones sent to me for my future DIL's wedding shower that is tomorrow. I'll be off to the mall and the ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:40:39 EST Chapter 23, Day 7 .... Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231492 Yesterday was my first class of Zumba. I liked everything about it: great instructor, fantastic workout, great venue, well attended, everyone was welcoming. It's been a few years since my last zumba class .... wish I'd remembered more. Lots of new steps, too. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Sp glad I found another zumba class that I like <BR> Scale is moving downward, very slowly <BR> My tax records are turned over to my accountant. Monkey off my back, YAY! <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 05:48:16 EST Chapter 23, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230343 Did well at the BBQ appetizers.....chowed down on the vegetables, some shrimp cocktail, hummus, and a handful of olives. I stuck to my meal plan like a champ. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Still working on the darn ole tax records .... I must make it a point to be done today. Nothing but tedious, slow work, and the reason I procrastinate to do it in the first place. I need to make a change with this by breaking this undesirable task into a quarterly task. I'm beyond that now for 2016, so I ne... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:26:32 EST Chapter 23, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229813 My quieter holiday weekend now has evolved into "busy" from an invitation to a cookout today at DS2s. I always accept an opportunity to spend time with family. This time, it was a much harder decision for me. My inner voice was screaming out, NO, because DH and I are both very seriously dieting and have strong momentum going; we hate to set ourselves up for a food challenge, which this cookout surely will be. Time to buck up, I guess. <BR> <BR> Tax prep for my business records continues... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 05:09:04 EST Chapter 23, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229536 I didn't feel well yesterday, so I skipped the fitness minutes. I made up for it today, by adding yesterday's fitness commitment to today's. Mixing things up can be a good thing.....it keeps the body guessing, and studies say that will enhance weight loss. <BR> <BR> Tried some chobani coconut yogurt on my fruit this morning. Delicious; tasted like a treat. So refreshing. I don't know why I didn't think of this combo before. <BR> <BR> Our Labor Day weekend is really quiet.....not a thi... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:48:03 EST Chapter 23, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228778 September goals. <BR> <BR> Carry on. Move. <BR> <BR> Ok. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Forced myself to exercise late last night....made no excuses. <BR> Persisted and solved a client problem over the course of yesterday. <BR> Pottery Barn is having a Labor Day weekend sale .... perfect! Time to pick up a wedding gift for the kids. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Move: 60 minutes of walk / jog. Must be out the door by 7a <BR> Work my Food Plan. <BR> Focus on my business tax prep and customer... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 06:53:08 EST Chapter 23, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228195 Yesterday turned out to be goal setting day for September, and a rest day from fitness plan. It poured most of the morning, and while I thought I would get out later for interval training, the heat and humidity of the day convinced me otherwise. I did get some fitness minutes in while with the grankids: walk to park, played basketball. Food Plan went really well. <BR> <BR> I feel good about the goals I set for September. I know they will help get me where I need to be by October 1. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:12:20 EST Chapter 23, Day 1 of 100 Days of Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227516 Hello, Chapter 23. This one holds promise for early steady results, with my strong desire to lose inches before the 2 October weddings. <BR> <BR> I did some reading on the internet this morning about weight gain from strength training and it was confirmed. Seems it occurs over the first couple of weeks from microscopic muscle tears and the associated immune response; it usually subsides after a couple of weeks. Resource suggests using a tape measure for progress rather than the scale. <BR... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:03:32 EST Chapter 22, Day 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226909 Yes, that half pound is gone now.....nothing different.....convinced the gain overnight was caused from strength training. The muscles must collect water in them after the slight tears to the tissue as part of the process. Today is another strength training day, so I will see if my body gains another half pound overnight. <BR> <BR> Today is the end of Chapter 22, 100 Days of Accountability. Seems like it should be a point of reflection. It isn't. I didn't rally on the accountability fro... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:44:37 EST Chapter 22, Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226291 It will be another hot and humid day today. I have to make sure I get outside for my interval walk / jog as soon as it is light so that I can be out during the coolest part of the day. <BR> <BR> The scale was a disappointment this morning. There is no way I could have gained back a half pound displayed on the scale. I strength trained yesterday, and I always have found I gain just a little weight after a session ....seems weird, but it is definitely true for me. <BR> <BR> I did nothing i... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:10:10 EST Fall Zumba class awaits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226080 Several years ago, I took a zumba class from an excellent instructor who had her own studio. I appreciated that she was mindful of age level and mobility, creative, and ran a super fun class. <BR> <BR> A groupon for zumba called out to me....the class is within a mile and the offer on the instructor's website was even better than the groupon: 10 classes for $25. Sweet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d32da341-2adc-4ae5-8328-fffc4b9d91c2.JPG"> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:22:06 EST Chapter 22, Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225817 Time to get a move on my day today. It's been a busy couple of days from taking MIL out for the afternoon for shower gift shopping and lunch, and then yesterday's engagement party for my niece. <BR> <BR> Before I went to the party, I'd taken a half hour to try on the 4 dresses that I need to whittle 2-3" more off these hips of mine to avoid a spanx situation. Yep, a works in progress .... that was probably a good strategy to remind me of my priorities at the dinner trough. <BR> <BR> DAY'S... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:19:02 EST Chapter 22, Day 97 ... Didn't think I had it in me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225689 Two major food victories over yesterday and today: <BR> <BR> 1) Took half my restaurant entree home. <BR> Normally, when I order just fish and vegetables, I'd eat it all, figuring I ordered as lean as I could, plus I am never in the habit of leaving food uneaten on my plate. Boxed up half for home for another meal. Really? Was that really me who did that? Proud moment. <BR> <BR> 2) Went to my niece's engagement party and passed over nearly every food. Focused on fresh fruits and raw vege... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:22:14 EST Chapter 22, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224766 No scale or measure tape progesss, undaunted, and trying to be patient with myself. My fitfit says I can reach 149# by the second wedding (DS3s): Oct 8. We shall see. <BR> <BR> I slept in this morning....nearly 10 hours of sleep. Unheard of for me. But, I must've needed the rest, or so my body insisted. <BR> <BR> Temperatures are a bit cooler, but it is still very humid outside. After a few days of walks in me, today I will integrate some interval fitness: walking with some slow jogg... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:09:07 EST Chapter 22, Day 95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224118 Yesterday went well with getting back on track, particularly with the Food Plan. <BR> <BR> Woke to rain, but the day should clear it time for a walk before granddaughter arrives. <BR> <BR> Scale hasn't budged yet ... patience will be my friend. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Made it through another day on Food Plan <BR> Granddaughter time today <BR> Sparking time <BR> Won't have to water plants today because of the rain <BR> Healthy leftovers for dinner tonight <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:28:35 EST 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