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 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 Chapter 18 - Day 68 ....Victory over self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955773 Victory over self. Is there nothing sweeter? Well, yes, a good weigh-in on the scale. <BR> <BR> I can't celebrate the latter (gained .5# for Week 1 of Summer Challenge). <BR> <BR> But, I can celebrate and enjoy my victory over me yesterday. It was very hard, watching everyone enjoy all of the fat laden appetizers, scrumptious dinner carb sides, and huge pieces of yummy bakery made cake with a mound of high quality ice cream. And not a drop of alcohol or diet soda passed my lips. <BR> <B... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:16:49 EST Chapter 18, Day 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954279 Yesterday was a wicked day, with medical appointments sandwiched inbetween a full day of client work, and on no sleep (worked through the night before). It was difficult working through the night before because of the fasting for my bloodwork, as coffee helps keep me going. <BR> <BR> The day could not have been more stressful for me, or my body, from no rest. No time for fitness minutes either. I am weighing 20# more than where I should be, so I was expecting the worse when the nurse took... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:39:24 EST Chapter 18 - Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953136 Some quality sleep and an early rise to finish "Project." Stomach malaise gone it seems; I am feeling good. <BR> <BR> I will try and get my fitness minutes in before granddaughter arrives today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Feeling good. <BR> Don't need to cook; have healthy leftovers for dinner <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with food and fitness. <BR> Client work <BR> <BR> Have a Sparke-ing good day! <BR> Babysit granddaughter. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:02:40 EST Chapter 18, Day 63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953051 Bad night, little sleep. My plan to finish up "project" derailed by some kinda flu bug or "somethin'". Green around the gills, married to my commode. Got a little nap in, and then rallied a bit. After another nap, forced myself up outta bed, leashed Mollie and made her go for a walk with me. She was happy to come at first, but since it was dark, I made her go twice the distance. So her 15 minues turned into near 30, and the humidity had her panting when we returned, poor thing. My inna... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:44:24 EST Chapter 18, Day 62 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952080 2015 Summer Challenge 5% started yesterday. I am off to a solid start. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I am working on client work nearly all of the time, to finish up what was supposed to be a "short term" project. On Monday, i will meet with client and hand it over to their auditors so that their work can begin. <BR> <BR> Saw this quote on CindyKC2000's SparkPage: <BR> "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." (John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach) <BR... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:04:06 EST Chapter 18, Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942707 I'd like to forget yesterday. It was just one of those wretched bad days everybody has every once in awhile. Mine revolved around one of my clients, and the topper was getting caught in a serious downpour while outside at the zoo. I gave my sweatshirt to granddaughter to protect her from as much as I could while we made way to my vehicle a quarter mile away. Oops....left a window cracked....wet seat on the drivers side. Squish, squish. <BR> <BR> About a year ago granddaughter was in a ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:44:31 EST Chapter 18, Day 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942157 I set my alarm for a 3a rise, so I could tackle more client work. No way would my body cooperate and I settled for a 5a rise. The new client deliverables for this week will get done, at the sacrifice of "project." I really wanted "project" done before I left for my Phoenix trip, but the chances are slim to none. Bah. <BR> <BR> I am proud that I completed an hour of walking last night. Believe me, after working all day and half of it out at a client's and then cooking dinner, well, trust... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:35:04 EST Chapter 18 - Day 42. Passed on the Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941521 "Extra. Extra. Read all about it. Sparker passes on ice cream." <BR> <BR> I made history yesterday. <BR> <BR> Whodathunkit? <BR> <BR> I actually sat and watched others enjoy an ice cream cone and decided to pass on one for myself. I considered it several times, had a brain conversation, and each tme I ruled: no. there will be things in Phoenix just like this and that will be the time to say "yes" if "yes" is going to be the choice. <BR> <BR> Imagine. I passed on ice cream. Anything ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:24:47 EST Chapter 18, Day 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940592 Working my plan, albeit slowly, because of my client work demands. I am seeing forward progress, and that is good. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful cool morning, the kind that motivates me to lace up and get a walk in. And so I shall. After 1 more cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> It is a client work day, and I have a couple of errands to run to get ready for my trip: accessorize my sundress, nail polish, makeup, gift bag and card. <BR> <BR> Surprising myself, I am not taking my computer with me. ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:15:02 EST Chapter 18, Day 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938873 Up early. Such a peaceful, cool morning. Love it! As soon as I finish my pot of coffee, and post this blog, I am lacing up to enjoy it with a walk. <BR> <BR> Arden and I went for a picnic lunch at the park yesterday and then headed over to the zoo. I love zoos. I could watch the animals for hours and never tire of going there. Each time is such a different experience, depending on what animal is doing something I've never seen before. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a parrot was squawking nonstop... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 06:22:33 EST Chapter 18, Day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936870 I'm starting to think I'm just doing these Chapters so I can quantify how much time I seem to be wasting away at significant strides with health and fitness! Seriously, sparkfriends, it is time to get serious about this. <BR> <BR> I totally wasted the opportunities for health and fitness over the Spring Challenge. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Right toward the end of the Challenge, I committed to going to AZ for my brother's and his wife's 4oth Wedding Anniversary Bash that their son is having... Sat, 30 May 2015 16:23:28 EST Chapter 18, Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936540 Lots of exercise, ate healthy. Good day. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Central AC (so humid and hot today) <BR> Flowers are blooming overnight like crazy....so pretty! <BR> Enjoying my basil in my foods from my garden <BR> Tech support fixed my firewall problem today <BR> <BR> Sleep dreams, fellow sparkers! <em>102</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:55:39 EST Chapter 18, Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935876 Got 3 hours sleep last night, just couldn't do an allnighter. My granddaughter provided plenty of sunshine to brighten my day. Put some time in at the zoo, and then headed off to the art gallery to attend a special school exhibit/awards event that included grandson's artwork. The two grandkids had a splendid time together, and I loved watching their happy faces while they spent time with one another <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> The artwork done by the school children was very impressive, I ... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:30:43 EST Chapter 18, Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935376 It's raining. DH is overjoyed, he doesn't have to water, and the flowers love the rain water. I was so glad I got out and walked early this morning, when it was cooler and dry. <BR> <BR> Went to a dermatologist today to have 2 moles removed; as a bonus I got a "freezing" done on the wart I had been self treating with some acid ointment I had left from my podiatrist visit two years ago. The stress of it all had me in the cupboards when I got home, but I stuck to healthy choices so I did no... Wed, 27 May 2015 21:08:37 EST Chapter 18, Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933982 Hangin' in there on the exercise and eating healthy front. I need to successfully negotiate my food event yet, a cookout at DS2s home. His wife, bless her heart, has lots of healthy sides planned as well as some junk. Her efforts to offer something healthy to DH and me will help me stay stronger, as I won't want her to think she did all for naught, and I didn't mean a word of needing to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> My walk was a tough one for me today. My foot developed an ache, and it took lo... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:59:24 EST Chapter 18, Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933692 No client work again today. I can't seem to motivate myself, even with the audit pressing in on me. I must address this tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Made the time to exercise, stretch, strength train. It is time consuming, and all together I spent nearly 3 hours on these activities. My meals were super healthy. Tomorrow, with a cookout food event at DS2s, sticking to my Plan will be much, much more challenging. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Fitness Plan executed properly today. <BR> Beautiful... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:41:18 EST Chapter 18, Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933216 For a week now, DH's been eating healthy. He has a degenerative knee joint, and the extra weight is aggravating his situation. I am finally on board as of today, and am joining him. It's weird how a person will ignore what needs to be done, and then all of a sudden wake up one morning and declare a moratorium on unhealthy eating habits. I am glad for us both, that day finally arrived. <BR> <BR> It was a lazy day today. I didn't do a bit of client work. Tomorrow, I will probably be sorr... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:59:11 EST Chapter 18, Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929449 Yesterday, it was a beautiful day for my niece's college graduation. I was proud of her that she finished her course of study, as she had multiple stops and starts along her journey. The afternoon was filled with excitement, enthusiasm, the commitment to change the future for better, and the determination to succeed. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm....reminds me of the weight loss journey. So depsite the multiple stops and starts, one must continue the course, succeed. Just for a minute. It will lead ... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:35:17 EST Chapter 18, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928719 Enjoyed a long overdue walk today. Stretched my body. My body feels so much better for this....I guess that means, thanks! <BR> <BR> Seriously, sitting at a computer desk for long days with little break, lack of sleep has been no good for me over the past month. Yesterday, my ankles started to swell. Not sure what all that was about, but you better believe I took note. I don't care how busy I get, I need to take better care of me and get out for a daily walk and do some loathesome str... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:26:56 EST Chapter 18, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925903 Brunch for family was a beautiful event. Everyone was in fine spirits. I was happy with all of the food I made for it. Dog tired. Kids gave me some really thoughtful gifts, including a pair of sneakers which I really needed. <BR> <BR> Gave the blueberry buckle leftovers away. Don't know what to do with the rest. But, I'm safe. If I make something, generally, I'm so done with it, even if it turned out excellent....unless of course, we are talking bird stuffing, which I love, love, love... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:45:08 EST Chapter 18, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925376 I had my moment of truth this morning with the scale. Pure ugliness. No surprise. When I hop on the scale like that, it is usually a step in the right direction, as it means I am ready engage in health and fitness again. <BR> <BR> It was a gorgeous morning this morning. As soon as daylight hit, I laced up and got out for an hour long walk, followed by 2 hours of gardening, turning over soil and planting. Exercise, woot! <BR> <BR> Famished after all of my exercise, dug into the animal c... Sat, 9 May 2015 15:09:51 EST Chapter 18, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923924 What happened to Chapter 17, Day 100? <BR> Chapter 18, Day 8? Really, what happened to Days 1-7? <BR> <BR> Client work has overtaken my life. I gotta get past May. Got to. Then health and fitness can begin again. NO! <BR> <BR> Self: You know darn well this is just an excuse. <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Self: Where's your former self, the one who made time for health and fitness? <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, I miss her too. She's masquerading as some <em>15</em> ... Wed, 6 May 2015 21:38:39 EST Chapter 17 - Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918671 Forgot to put on my tracker. Walked 60 minutes. Ate healthy all day. Holding my own. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a healthy and fit day! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:28:41 EST Chapter 17 - Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917931 DAYS 86-92 <BR> Forget them. What is done is done. They are your yesterday. They do not define you, unless you let them shape your today. <BR> <BR> DAY 93 <BR> TODAY is what counts. This moment, this hour, this day. I want to reclaim my healthier lifestyle habits, and lose weight. I know it won't be easy. I will need to take each hour step by step. Because I am super busy right now and want to plunge into food to self comfort, I know I will have to have my best defense in hand. <BR> ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:57:25 EST Chapter 17 - Day 85....how much does climate matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910305 I awake excited about today. Why? Temperatures will be in the 70s, a day more beautiful than yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sunday was a BEAUTIFUL day in every way. It is amazing how warmer temperatures, sunshine, and blue skies brighten my whole outlook on life. I wonder if I would feel this way almost every day of my life if I lived in a climate that usually has that type of weather. Or, instead, would the days become ordinary, and I complacent about them and their beauty? <BR> <BR> Then, I ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:11:05 EST Chapter 17 - Day 84....a blank canvas....created a lovely, on track day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909791 It was a gorgeous Spring day in WNY...a knock your socks off stellar Spring day that begs to be enjoyed. After a super healthy breakfast with DH, I laced up, got Molly out for her walk, and then continued my walk. With a single step in the sunshine, with brilliant blue clear skies, my mood went from great to grand. I'm talking sweathshirt, no coat kinda wonderful day, my friends! <BR> <BR> I hiked up to the university for a walk I haven't done since I had a backpack of textbooks on, rus... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:31:11 EST Chapter 17 - Day 83....so done with self-sabatoge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909297 DAYS 79-82 <BR> Ate junk. Didn't exercise. Well forget about that. That is then, and this is now. <BR> <BR> DAY 83 <BR> THIS is the day to do something with. The NOW. The PRESENT. Motivated? Doesn't matter. "JUST DO IT." <BR> <BR> Course of Action: <BR> <BR> Stay plugged into Spark and Champions team. Really, this should be a daily requirement of any "12 step program." (If the shoe fits....just saying....yes, shoe fits, so "deal") <BR> <BR> Spark while I drink my morning coffee, ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:03:17 EST Chapter 17 - Days 77 & 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906392 Day 77 <BR> Wonderful Easter and family time. Ate too much. I did make myself get out for a walk. <BR> <BR> DAY 78 <BR> A beautiful morning full of sunshine and blue skies. Yes, laced up and walked, enjoying the signs of Spring. I did not see a single mound of melting snow anywhere. WooHoo! Several of my crocus are ready to open. Joy! The grass is getting showing signs of turning green. Yay! Hard to believe that rain is forecast for this afternoon and then for the next 4 days. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:49:53 EST Chapter 17 - Day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905216 Sun is shining; skies are blue. Temperatures are above freezing. It is hard to believe that snow is on the way again for tomorrow. Regular, warmer temperatures will be most welcomed! <BR> <BR> I've decided to get my cooking done today for tomorrow for what I am bringing to DS2s Easter dinner. That way, I won't need to worry about rise time with my yeast dough for the placek. I will be thinking of my mother; she always made it for Easter for the family. Although I have her recipe, I have... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:04:18 EST Chapter 17 - Day 75 .... join in on the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge! It is AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904592 After today, I will be 75% done with this Chapter. I am breathing new life into the last 25% with tomorrow' s start for the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> The Challenges are a good fit for me, with the team approach. I tend to be the type of person who will do for others when I won't do for myself. The format is very well organized by a group of super committed leaders who put a lot of hours in to make the Challenges awesome, fun, and interesting, interactive, goal and action oriente... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:56:02 EST Chapter 17 - Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904414 It was really beautiful out today up until 2p. I missed most of it, preferring to wait to walk until 5p, in the rain and wind. Rain/wind gear kept me very comfortable. <BR> <BR> Noticted the rabbits have been enjoying my delicious little crocus and tulip foilage. This is the first time, I have seen them go after the tulip plants so early. I'm guessing there won't be too man blooms to enjoy in my garden this Spring. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Cold is much better today....glad I got ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:42:44 EST Chapter 17 - Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903333 Temperatures finally reached the 40s yesterday with a couple of hours of blue skies and sunshine. We have lots of cloudy days in WNY, so blue skies are always welcomed and enjoyed by me. Granddaughter and I had our first outing of the year at the local park. It was cold, but we both enjoyed our 2 hours there. This is the first summer we'll have where she won't be napping and we will have the whole day to enjoy outside. I am planning many outdoor activities for us: picnics at state parks... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:49:10 EST