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 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 Chapter 20, Day 53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060498 Last time I blogged I was on Day 5 as the holiday season went into full swing, with the exit of the holidays and my very next blog: Day 53. I've not had a busier holiday that I can remember. It was really fun, busy, chaotic, and wicked exhausting. In the midst of this MIL had me running her to the doctor & dentist 4 times, 3 of the visits unexpected. I developed nervous ticks in my eyes (they are gone with the closure of the holidays). On a super happy note, DS3 got engaged; the wedding wi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:25:52 EST Chapter 20, Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042592 An early rise. Pot of spaghetti sauce is on the stove already. As soon as I get some coffee in me, I will start cleaning the house, decorating it for the holidays, run to the store for some meatball ingredients, make a pitstop for an Xmas gift needed for tomorrow, throw together some Xmas cookie dough for tomorrow's baking, and inbetween where I can, work on a client deliverable. <BR> <BR> And work a walk in. <BR> <BR> Later this afternoon, we have a birthday party for my great niece, who ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 05:38:26 EST Chapter 20, Day 21 ... must respond to call for action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041630 I must respond to the call for action. Something. Anything. <BR> <BR> Anything is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Digging my heels in and will try for a stellar healthy and fit day today. Promise. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> <em>304</em> to the Champions Team, and to Carl for gently nudging me forward <BR> Sunshine....it always makes me feel better <BR> Grateful, I didn't get DH's intestinal bug (maybe my flu shot protected me....we both got exposed, but he never gets a flu shot) ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:46:35 EST Chapter 20, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037026 Happy I got through yesterday on track. Baby steps moving forward today. <BR> <BR> Today is a baking, client work, walking day, with babysitting granddaughter after her school day. <BR> <BR> I've decided to proceed with the Parker House Rolls recipe I last tried, an Alton Brown recipe. I tested one yesterday that was baked, frozen, partially thawed, and heated through. Tender, moist, fresh, tasty. Quite excellent, very acceptable. It will work well for Thanksgiving Dinner. I've creat... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:45:04 EST Chapter 20, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036570 Trying to rally. Most days start off great in plan, but fizzle out from lack of follow through by the day's end. Snacking is my biggest issue. If I can tackle that big ole problem area, I know I will meet up with success regarding health, wellness, and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Sunday's attempt at a new recipe for Parker House Rolls was very good. They are a contender for a "make ahead rolls for a holiday crowd" but I'm just not there yet from lack of time before Thanksgiving. I have 1-2 m... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:25:01 EST Chapter 20, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032869 Yesterday's dinner at DS3's was very nice. The family time was really, really nice. And dinner was healthy all the way except for the Parker House Rolls and the cupcakes for dessert. Even the snacks were low calorie. The Proscuito Wrapped Asparagus was really tasty. <BR> <BR> Despite my healthy eating all day yesterday and eating in below calorie range, the scale has another commentary to tell from eating 1 turkey and rice stuffed pepper: Rice has a lot of food weight to it. It's one... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:44:31 EST Chapter 20, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032411 Just made the dough for Parker House Rolls, a test recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner; I will bring them to DS3s for dinner this evening. The recipe says I can freeze them for up to 3 weeks after the final rise and bake frozen. I am putting a dozen aside to try that way it; it might be an excellent option for rolls that can be made ahead for a very busy cooking day, like Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> The high noon tea with my sister in law was a lovely time. It was nice catching up with her, just t... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:21:47 EST Chapter 20, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031840 Stayed the course with my food choices on Day 1. <BR> <BR> My positives: <BR> Day 1 of streak: stayed in daily calorie range, plus no snacking, healthy eating all day. <BR> Successfully battled yesterday mornings food cravings <BR> Located 3 viable options for Holiday Girls Night Out <BR> Brain exercises (jigsaw puzzles on computer) Thanks, Julia! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Area for improvement: Exercise <BR> I didn't exercise. My Tracker showed I got in less than 2000 steps (not good). Th... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:37:16 EST Chapter 20, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031342 Another chapter. A different outcome. If I want. <BR> <BR> Pondering..... <BR> <BR> I can pretend it is a want, but it is really a must if I want to take care of my body as I should. <BR> <BR> Warning. Caution: false promises to self. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Plan. Do. Success. <BR> <BR> The equation is simple enough. <BR> <BR> "Action expresses priorities" Gandhi <BR> <BR> "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." Amelia Earhart Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:55:56 EST Chapter 19, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028533 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfb7ef77-ee62-4c1a-8060-1b875aaff21f.JPG"> <BR> Yay! Triumphed over food yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today, I go after both food choices and exercise. My food choices will be extra challenging today because dinner will be out at an Italian restaurant tonight after the play, Camelot. <BR> <BR> DIL and Arden will be joining us: DS2's girlfriend, the grandmas and great grandmas all for dinner so that will be fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:25:40 EST Chapter 19, Day 95 ... casting anchor into health and fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028080 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/621998f3-3bd7-4b48-a450-7ce3f961a6f9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I'm in my lifeboat. I can see Health and Fitness in the horizon. I must get to it. The sea of life is mighty choppy over here. From nothing, but I keep drifting away from Health and Fitness. I must not drift away farther. Anchor overboard, I'm positioned right near the buoy, Goals. I'm staying put today. Baby steps. Stay anchored for starters. Get a Plan together to reach Health an... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 06:23:31 EST Chapter 19, Day 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024503 Hello, November! <BR> <BR> The month that hosts Thanksgiving always makes me want to put in a good effort until the big day comes. No question, it is THE most challenging day of the year for my discipline and self control, more than any other event. <BR> <BR> It is a good time to review my goals. <BR> <BR> GOALS <BR> Healthy eating, no snacking, calories under 1400, except for Thanksgiving <BR> Strength train and stretch 3 times a week <BR> Cardio, 3 days a week, 45 minutes <BR> Cardio, 3... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 05:59:49 EST Chapter 19, Day 87....success with no snacking this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023533 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7c97017-e45a-4f7c-aaeb-2a37cdbc8357.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes, I feel on top of the world. Victory over self with no snacking. I have needed to shake my snacking habit for such a long, long time. This accomplishment has made me feel a sense of happiness, now that food doesn't have that same power over me. Liberation! <BR> <BR> The rest of my week has gone well, though I'd wanted to get in more fitness minutes. I am liking my short bursts of f... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:06:33 EST Chapter 19, Day 84 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022256 Another no snacking day on Monday....it was a hungry day, but I stuck to homemade vegetable soup everytime I was hungry....and finally at night, I just ignored it with dogged determination. I decided once the clock struck midnight, I'd have something to eat, but when that time came, I decided not to. Victory over me....sweet! <BR> <BR> I've been on client work since 5a, breaking for meals. I was going to skip my fitness minutes this evening, but after hopping onto spark, the encouragement... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:03:35 EST Chapter 19, Day 83....Victory over self: no snacking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c43703e-82be-42b6-9625-488e9d989dfa.JPG"> <BR> Victory over self: no snacking! Yay! Nice way to end yesterday. <BR> <BR> Encore! Yes, I need to win another round today of No Snacking! <BR> <BR> Am I surprised after some stretching and strength training yesterday that my muscles are a bit sore? Yes, but I shouldn't be because I am using different muscles than when out walking. My soreness is a testimony that a well rounded diverse progr... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:27:06 EST Chapter19, Day 82 .... reflected, call for action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020844 Yesterday I went to a wedding. I had one outfut to choose from. Only 1. From weight gain. My heels were too tight from weight gain. I struggled to get my hose on from weight gain. After dinner, I felt bloated and uncomfortable. Bummer. I was not taken by surprise by this dose of reality. <BR> <BR> At the wedding, DH commented, I looked at myself in the mirror and I actually look like a normal person. I look good! And he smiled, happy with himself and all that he has accomplished over ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:44:16 EST Chapter 19, Day 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018897 It's a grind today, for no particular reason. Could just be the weather which is gloomy. <BR> <BR> Forced myself to walk. Forced myself to mind my Food Plan. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some traction going. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> It's not raining <BR> Temperatures are mild <BR> Quiet on the client front <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course. <BR> <BR> "just do it." Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:59:49 EST Chapter 19, Day 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018154 I had a really nice time with the family for my niece's Confirmation. Weather was perfect. Too much eating, and eating, and eating. My sis really took control over her health. She's dropped a lot weight and is back to her former trim, lean self. It is an example of what discipline and follow through can produce. Yes, I have made the note. <BR> <BR> And, I am glad to be back home again. Time to get back to focusing on a healthier lifestyle and losing weight. Discipline......got it. <B... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:21:45 EST Chapter 19, Day 71 .... Goodbye, Molly-Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a70cbbed-5eae-4f82-8d3b-2791e39d1cb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sweet awesome Molly, you were the best dog ever! <BR> We will miss you <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you, to everyone who sent messages of concerns, prayers, well wishes....I deeply appreciate all of your support as I struggled through this hard time. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:13:46 EST Chapter 19, Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014650 After xrays, the Vet says Molly has two compressed spinal discs which are causing paralysis. It may be permanent or temporary, a managable situation, or not. She is not in pain. Any improvement will be visible within the next 48 hours. Now 24 hours, Molly has improved maybe 40-50%. The Vet called to see how she is doing; I appreciated the call, especially because her progress seems encouraging to him. She will see the Vet again tomorrow, for evaluation, maybe undergo more treatment or m... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:56:37 EST Chapter 19, Day 68 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013723 Wow, its been a week since my last blog post. I've been working pretty steady, but also working in some "me" time, so busy but balanced, and definitely an improvement over the past 6 months. I've been walking most days, but my eating choices says "stress." Our beloved 12 year old dog, Molly is doing very poorly and is finding it very hard to get around. I am dreading today's vet appt. this afternoon. I am finding it difficult to focus on much of anything and stress eating has always been... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:47:30 EST Chapter 19, Day 62 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009898 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c56e382-7149-46b1-a338-0e9abc9cdf8f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes, that's right. The Office is closed for the day. Had enough already of computer problems and defending my numbers with my client( which by the way, were right -- not a doubt, but the need to respond sucked precious time away from me). <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Office is closed. <BR> No time to submit to the "hungries." Always a silver lining if one looks hard. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <B... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:55:48 EST Chapter 19, Day 61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009063 It turned out to be a great idea to take dinner over to MIL's instead of going out to dinner (conflict from catcare and med schedule). It put me back in the driver's seat over my food plan; we both likedthe Thai Sauce with Shrimp over a little bit of brown rice that I made. I'd bought a tiny Tiramasu that filled 1/4 cup; I took a spoonful and let MIL have the rest. The play, "Annie Get Your Gun" was a great performance; Annie stole the show, and got a standing ovation. MIL was so appre... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:37:27 EST Chapter 19, Day 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008502 Had been down with my first cold of the season...I am sure it will be the first of many with granddaughter starting Pre-K. This cold wasn't so bad after the first few days....maybe the early flu shot helped. <BR> <BR> Lots of wind and very cool weather in the low 40s today. Over this past week, we've had our furnace on .... seems a bit early for that. <BR> <BR> My Challenge week actions were mixed; lots of room for improvement. The 1# I lost has given me a wee bit of traction. My goal i... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:07:49 EST Chapter 19 - Day 56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006297 Yesterday got away from me in a heartbeat! Auditors wanted a meeting and I had to scramble to gather up files after catcare. My two hour meeting stretched into 5.5 hrs at the client's. <BR> <BR> Today, I took a goof off day and watched tv with DH, getting caught up on all of the shows he taped for us. It felt really good to do nothing. Made a pot of homemade cauliflower soup, a healthy family favorite in my house. <BR> <BR> I need to get out for a walk today, and have been deterred by a... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:57:54 EST Chapter 19, Day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005315 It was a super busy weekend with granddaughter, but very enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I took her to a pumpkin farm where they had a lot of family fun activities going on, many led by the local girlscouts troop as a fundraiser: bouncehouses, facepainting, haystackmaze for little ones, petting zoo, frost your own cookie, make a bracelet, facepaint your small pumpkin, and many others we didn't do. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, with a new battery in my tracker, I headed out for a longer walk with gr... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 05:22:53 EST Chapter 19, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004260 Hello weekend! Welcome 2014 Fall Challenge 5%! <BR> <BR> Granddaughter is coming over for a sleepover tonight. We are both super excited to have this time while her mom and dad go overnight in the Finger Lakes to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Oh, have their pooches, too; as usual, Molly will assume her alpha role that she relishes and keep them both in line, lol. <BR> <BR> Today I also start a cat care commitment for my friend, who is going out of town for a week. Because the cat ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 06:33:22 EST Chapter 19, Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003705 Yesterday was an "on track" day. I was out all day with the gang, and out of temptations way, so that made things easier. It was quite the workout at the zoo, pushing BIL around in his wheelchair, up some inclines, pulling 94 old MIL with it, who was holding on to the wheelchair handle to steady her walking, and caring for my 4 yr old grandchild. After dinner, I collapsed on the couch, dead to the world til morning. <BR> <BR> DH got my tracker working again with a spare battery he had. Th... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:18:36 EST Chapter 19, Day 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003103 Mid point, Chapter 19. I've done absolutely nothing with the first half of Chapter 19, except to abuse my body with unhealthy eating to temper work stress, sleep deprivation, and almost no exercise, and gain weight. Blood pressure is up. <BR> <BR> What is done is done. This is the day I can do something with. It is the only one that counts. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Get out for an early morning walk on this glorious Fall day. <BR> Fill out my food tracker with my Food Plan. <BR> Head... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:35:01 EST Chapter 19 - Day 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002954 A very busy day catching up on wash, a little bit of housecleaning, and did my client billing. Just realized my spark tracker isn't loading up data. That will have to be tomorrow's problem to solve. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: zoo. Can't wait for MIL and BIL to enjoy the afternoon outdoors with me and Arden and sharing the Polar Exhibit with them. Excited.....should be an awesome time. <BR> <BR> My baby steps are too "wee." I need to push myself harder, much harder. <BR> <BR> Hope you had an ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:05:05 EST Chapter 19, Day 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001858 Where have I been? <BR> <BR> Working non stop over the last month to complete an 18 month project that was to last only a few months. I became single focused and everything else had to slide for sanity's sake. Just don't ask my thighs about it. Or my heart. Neither are happy. <BR> <BR> Can't remember a month starting when I didn't set new goals. But that was September. And a new opportunity awaits. <BR> <BR> Today, I begin baby steps back to being healthier and fitter. And sparking... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:02:32 EST Chapter 19, Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991966 Another blazing hot, humid day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Woke at my normal wake time, 5a <BR> Got out for a walk early while the morning temperatures are lower <BR> Got my meals planned, all healthy....must stick to plan! <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with food choices. <BR> Client work all day. <BR> Make sure I get up and move around every 3 hrs or so.... <BR> <BR> Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:00:05 EST Chapter 19, Day 30 -Intervention with the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01e374b7-7fd0-45cc-bac8-03491355562e.JPG"> <BR> Sobering. Necessary. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08d81121-de3a-45b1-b1b9-6f5a2e26b33a.JPG"> <BR> What used to be a normal BMI going after the elusive goal weight, has turned into being 15# overweight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48b1e822-0cc8-4b0d-8a88-ab07716367f6.JPG"> <BR> TODAY is the day that matters. Step by step I will go a... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 05:46:07 EST Chapter 19, Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991137 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ab339a3-75ac-47c2-84ee-d43b31bbeb3f.JPG"> <BR> Overslept this morning by 5 hours. No doubt, I needed to catch up on some rest. <BR> <BR> I am trying to be more aware of getting up and moving around these days, so I don't sit at my computer working for too long a stretch. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> Today, my thighs are just screaming. Seems jumping into the pool for an hour with granddaughter used muscles I'd long forgotten. momma, I'm hu... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:46:58 EST Chapter 19 - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990022 September....already. I'm not ready for Summer to end and Fall to begin. I love the Summer season; it was much too short. <BR> <BR> Been working almost nonstop on client work over the past month. I am making great progress; but there are just not enough hours in a day. It's compromised my health and fitness Plan. I seem to be on a "SeeFood" diet, if you know what i mean. From sitting for hours and hours at the computer over the past 3 days, not sleeping, grabbing a couple of two hour n... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 03:21:54 EST Chapter 19, Day 16 ... this is the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982598 This is the day.... <BR> <BR> The rudder goes into the water and I set sail again....that <BR> <BR> I get back on track by getting <BR> -my new goals set and in motion <BR> -my walk in for an hour's worth of fitness minutes <BR> -eating h ealthy foods <BR> -by with no snacking, unless on fruits and vegetables, and 1 bag of 100 calorie popcorn <BR> -hopping on to spark more regularly and staying connected with my circle of support <BR> -daily intentions set and acting on them <BR> -myself cl... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:59:54 EST