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 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 Chapter 19, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980103 My goodness, I have never missed the end of an old Chapter and the beginning of a new like this. This gap, represents the gap in balance in my life. As I write this, I am surprised by how off center life has become for me. My recent vacation that was one for my family, was all but 3 quick vacation moments for me. <BR> <BR> Granddaugther is here....time for some fun. Must find time to walk and must get back to healthy eating today. <BR> <BR> More to come later..... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:10:05 EST Chapter 18, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971011 What a beautiful day of weather today....cool, sun was shining. <BR> <BR> Woke to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a pot of coffee from DH....aw.... <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you for thinking of me today....you made my day an <em>345</em> one. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed some calls from family and friends. <BR> <BR> Made time for a walk. I wasn't sure that was going to happen, but I took the hour I wanted so that I could meet my 10K daily steps goal over this week. <BR> <BR> Exhibited ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:39:11 EST Chapter 18, Day 95...Consistency Payoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970088 Consistency pays off. I lost 3# over this past week. <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I just need to keep the wheels in motion toward the end goal: more consistency! <BR> <BR> AUG 1-7 Goals ( do better with weekly goals) <BR> Consistency on: <BR> 10 fitness minutes daily; at least 10K steps a day. Optional: Incorporate interval training walking for a block, then running for a block. I did that today and shaved off 10 minutes, while maintaining the same total calorie burn. <BR> <BR> No... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 05:48:04 EST Chapter 18, Day 94 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969542 Up much before the birds. Fell asleep on the couch after dinner. No way could I wake myself enough to get me to bed. Well, until DH came down and shut off the lights and the TV....and now I am totally awake, so I couldn't see just lying in bed to watch the clock. Instead, I can jump start my day. <BR> <BR> Had a fun day with granddaughter at the pool in the afternoon. Everyday when she comes, I pick a new pool in the area to visit and pack a picnic lunch, calling it our pool adventure. ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:25:35 EST Chpater 18, Day 93 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969016 Tired this morning....feel a cold coming on. Humid out and lightly raining for my walk. Weather will clear so granddaughter and I should be able to go the pool for a relaxing day. Clients breathing down my neck something awful yesterday because of so many delverables due and overdue. Got to get out of t his hotseat. I added up my hours for the month and am working an average of 35 hours a week, babysitting another 20. It's been this way for months. This is cockeyed "semi-retirement." ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:53:42 EST Chapter 18, Day 92 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968398 Fell asleep on couch before dinner, ate, then fell back asleep on couch right after again....guess the high heat and afternoon at the pool tired me out. LOL, I played with granddaughter in the water, but didn't swim myself. <BR> <BR> 2:00a early rise....Grinding out client work. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3201a3bc-136d-4328-804c-14d693f3e75c.JPG"> <BR> Ho hum. <BR> <BR> Log into spark this morning for my mini coffee break. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:32:36 EST Chapter 18, Day 91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967761 A very early rise for client work.....more like a nap....instead of pulling an all nighter, which are harder and harder to recover from quickly. A step in the right direction for me. <BR> <BR> The scale released a couple more pounds since Saturday's weigh in. I must keep this downward direction in motion. <BR> <BR> It will be a hot one here today for WNY: in the low 90s. Granddaughter and I will head for another pool adventure, her mom arming us with 70+ sunscreen. It will be a relaxin... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:25:44 EST Chapter 18 - Day 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967226 I am definitely mad at me that I got into the cashews last night to end my consistency streak. All I can do, is move on quickly and focus on today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> I forced myself out of my desk chair to grab 3 hours sleep last night <BR> Grateful for central A/C....it's going to be a hot one today <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Focus on consistency. <BR> Walk at least 30 minutes this morning. <BR> <BR> If you slipped up like I did.....don't let it keep you from going after you... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:35:19 EST Chapter 18, day 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967034 Relaxing day full of procrastination with client work. I enjoyed a nap mid afternoon, but my sound sleep was broken by an unimportant phone call from friend. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Spent some peaceful time drawing this morning. Got at least 10 minutes of fitness in (101 minutes) and 10.6K steps. Food choices excellent.....avoided the popcorn snack I wanted to have. Met my consistency goal. <BR> <BR> All in all, a very healthy & fit day. Hope yours was, too! <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> Snacked on ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:28:14 EST chapter 18, day 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966656 Consistency goals met: <BR> at least 10 min of fitness (did 61); 10K+ steps <BR> no snacking <BR> <BR> Added plus: ate in daily calorie range <BR> <BR> Had a fun day at city wading pool with granddaughter. She had a great time, but sunscreen washed off and I didn't realize it, poor little Sweets... <BR> <BR> Hope your day was a good one <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:44:02 EST Chapter 18, Day 87 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965806 I am slacking on health and fitness this Summer Challenge. I have not been going after my goals on a daily basis. Over this next week, my focus will be on consistency with my goals. <BR> <BR> My list will be short and sweet: <BR> 1) at least 10 minutes of fitness every day (everyone has time at least for that!) and put in at least 10K steps for the day. This past Tuesday, I had 11K steps in, but did not count them as fitness because I didn't have 10 minutes of consecutive exercise. I ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:48:38 EST Chapter 18, Day 84 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964164 I am back, eating in my usual healthier routine again. It feels right and that is good. I should see some progress regarding weight loss and that will be very good, especially since I have my annual physical next week. <BR> <BR> After the lengthy vet visit (Molly underwent general anesthesia so the vet could work on one very bad ear) once home I wanted to dive into some comfort food and a brew. I did neither, and stuck to a late healthy dinner of fish, vegetable, and 1/4 cup of rice (good... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:30:04 EST Chapter 18, Day 81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962641 Humid, sultry, air is so heavy. My day is thrown off course, by a later rise and needing to go over to my friend's to pick up lent baby items that DIL will sell at a garage sale next week. Once I get back home, I will walk, then do some client work until it is time to leave for my cousin's child's graduation party. <BR> <BR> The party will be another food event for me, but I'm doing well so far today, and will try and at least eat within my calorie range for the day. This party is an opp... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:44:50 EST Chapter 18, Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961546 Today is a GET day. I'm not sure what Linda means by this, but maybe GET to it, whatever IT is. And today IT is health, fitness, client work....in other words be productive with food choices, walking, getting to client deliverables. <BR> <BR> Last night I primed my brain, and got out for a walk. I will repeat that this morning. <BR> <BR> My food choices will be lean, clean, healthy ones. With granddaughter here, that will help reinforce that, as I tend to not snack during the day as I d... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:34:00 EST Chapter 18, Days 74-75, Berea Learnshop Art Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960499 Despite my proclamations, not only did I take my laptop down to KY, but worked all the way down to finish up financial reports needed for a board meeting by a client for the following day. I missed most of the gorgeous scenery along the way, with my nose to the grindstone. It was all very stressful over the 10 hour trip, but I was glad DH fixed me up with the connections to enable my technology and internet. Ten minutes before we arrived at our final destination I wrapped up, ready to hit ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:57:25 EST Chapter 18 - Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957245 Nice day spent with granddaughter. It was hot and humid and the perfect day to set up her pool. Glad I went with a 10 foot pool.....I cooled off too. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Once she left at 6p, with a quick dinner behind me, I got back to the client work. <BR> <BR> Laced up for a walk, but it was raining, so I bagged the idea, thinking I would get out later. Later was 11:48p....just managed 10 minutes before the new day. I guess better later than never. And although fitness minutes s... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:57:10 EST Chapter 18 - Day 69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956615 Began client work at 3:30a....not hardly a dent in the pile. I've got to get my A game going....problem is that is not where I want to channel my A game energy. I'll figure something out..... <BR> <BR> Took a 5 minutes nap before dinner....that revived me enough. I waited for the sun to set before heading out for a walk....still, it was hot enough. <BR> <BR> Tired. I will take a nap and then get some client work done through the night. Good night, friend. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 21:53:54 EST