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 16, Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836710 Yesterday was a good start to working in some health and fitness into my life. I walked outdoors for 20 minutes, which made dog Molly very happy....she always gets to walk the firtst 10 minutes with me. And, I ate within calorie range, and breakfast and dinner were stellar healthy meals. <BR> <BR> I stayed focused and cut out and sewed the cape for the red fancy play dress. Today I will do the dress and slip. My mother was a great sewer and I have her sewing machine....I thought of my mo... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:35:42 EST Chapter 16, Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836191 Boy....have I slacked with my blogging. And everything else to do with health and fitness, especially the latter, from the holiday cookies my friend so lovingly made for us. <BR> <BR> I promised myself I will get back on track with my eating today. I am especially motivated from gaining 4# back. <BR> <BR> I promised myself I will walk at least 10 minutes today. And, I will make myself fit in some rounds of jumping jacks. Something, anything, is better than nothing at all. <BR> <BR> Ser... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:56:29 EST Chapter 16 -Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831784 Yesterday was a super good workout with shoveling 10" of heavy snow. I topped that with 1.5 hours of sledding with granddaughter; I did a lot of pulling her up the hill on the sled. I took her to the same spot I used to take my boys to when they were younger....enjoyed making new memories at this beautiful park with a lake in the distance. <BR> <BR> Doctors decided to hold off on amputation for BIL yesterday....instead they did inserted drain tubes to help treat the leg to clear it of infe... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:22:24 EST Type 2 Diabetes lesson...maybe not too late for another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831776 Doctors are treating BILs other leg right now, trying to clear it of more infection so that they can amputate below the knee instead of above. This is likely to be a 2 week process. <BR> <BR> Doctor is requiring that once BIL is able to start rebuilding his life, that he see an endocrinologist for his diabetes and not his family doctor. Most people he sees that are in a similar situation as my BIL have a similar story: poorly controlled diabetes and the use of family doctor to monitor th... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:05:05 EST Chapter 16, Day 61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830137 In my busy streak for my business, closing company books for year. I know I am not too busy, though, to fit in at least 10 minues of exercise daily, so that is my Commitment to Self today, and everyday now until the end of January. Course, more is better and I will encourage Self. <BR> <BR> Food choices are going well, thank goodness. <BR> <BR> BIL is doing better; delerium is nearly gone completely. <BR> <BR> BIL's medical situation has re-awakened the importance of preventative heal... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:03:28 EST Chapter 16, Day 58 ... family sorrows from diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828500 I didn't want to get up this morning and rise again to deal with BIL's sad fate: the first of two amputations was done last night; the second will be done next week. We are all so sad for him. <BR> <BR> He's a type 2 diabetic. A snitcher of sweets over the years. A mostly non exerciser. A non smoker. His diabetes always seemed under control. Until two years ago, when he got a tiny open wound on his foot. He tried to self heal for 3 weeks, but by that time the bone had started to liq... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:11:41 EST Chapter 16, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825126 Such mild weather, 55 degrees! I must find some time to walk outdoors today. <BR> <BR> More setbacks for BIL; hope he turns the corner soon. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Made huge batch of healthy turkey soup <BR> On track with fitness and Food Plan <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay course with Food Plan <BR> Walk <BR> Client Work <BR> Package up some soup for the freezer, BIL, my boys <BR> <BR> Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and fit day! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:41:52 EST Chapter 16, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824550 Ever since getting home from the hospital from BILs surgery, I am trying to shake off the cloak of despair that covers me. The doctors post surgery discussion deflated our earlier optimism for BIL to keep his legs, and saving just one will be a huge challenge. Friends, type 2 diabetes can be so destructive. If you are flirting with pre-diabetes now, do what you can now to guard your health like it is the life of your child. Please. <BR> <BR> So, it is hard for me to feel positive today, ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:37:12 EST Chapter 16, Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824154 Thanksgiving was wonderful, while the food and family gathering was beautiful, we got the best news: My husband's BIL's doctors came by for a consult & tomorrow BIL goes into surgery again, this time to try and save his legs. The surgeons are very optimistic; recovery period will be long. <BR> <BR> I also stayed within my calorie range for the day...I am very pleased about that. Kept with my spoonfuls of this and that for dinner and dessert, but had snacks, and I meant not to. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:48:21 EST Chapter 16, Day 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823713 Enjoying my coffee and some spark time, before the busy day begins. I made the applesauce and candied sweet potatoes last night. Today I will make the stuffing and Extreme Chocolate Cake....the latter will be able to duke it out with Uncle Jose's homemade Apple Crumb Cheesecake, for the best dessert, lol. <BR> <BR> Me? I gotta hold my own. I lost 2.5# so far this week, and while I can forgo some of it, I am not willing to give up all of that progress. We shall see. <BR> <BR> With serio... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:29:24 EST Chapter 16, Day 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822623 Yesterday was super windy, and mild in temperature.....a great day for the walk I did not take. From lack of initiative, I guess it was a "rest day" and the only one I will take this week (self: promise!) On a positive, I stuck to my Food Plan, and batted away all of the food cravings throughout the day (deserving of All Star award for sure! lol) <BR> <BR> It was a work day, so I chained myself to my computer and tried to make up for all the days I didn't. <BR> <BR> My batteries were supp... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:36:05 EST Chapter 16, Day 46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821453 Rainy with mild temperatures in the 50s today. Our 18" of snow is melted. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> I am encouraged by a 1# weight loss <BR> Focused on health and fitness again <BR> Worked in some bonus fitness minutes while waiting for the microwave to cook and my coffee pot to brew <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Work my Food Plan <BR> Get my fitness minutes in early today (may suit up in my rain gear for a walk outside) <BR> Client work all day <BR> <BR> Wishing you a peaceful,... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:19:43 EST Chapter 16, Day 45 ... how will you get through Thanksgiving week without gaining weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821041 The message ringing in my head is very clear: dump the refined carbs pronto, if you want to lose weight. Simple, but yet so hard. <BR> <BR> I've done it before, I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Well, except for Thanksgiving Day. Everyone will be bringing the best of their best, and so many choices are on the "worth it list." Maybe I can be super good from today and every day, except for Thanksgiving Day, and I will still lose at least something. My DIL's chestnut stuffing is my absolute fav... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:52:34 EST Chapter 16, Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819567 Lots of snow everywhere. How we escaped the first round of 6 feet of snow with just a dusting is unimaginable, when just 2 miles up the road, the highway is closed to traffic. The Thruway is closed to the state line of PA, and also as far east as Rochester, NY. Another 2 feet of snow is forecasted for us, even the areas with 6 feet of snow already. The area is in a state of emergency; the National Guard is here to help. <BR> <BR> It is a fast falling snow. Today, in just two hours, we ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:15:23 EST Chapter 16, Day 38.....oh,no....the mirror! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817150 Mirror reflections: that would be a big ole ouch! Was that me, really? Where did that middle "pot" come from? In my mind, it was still gone from my work over the Summer Challenge. <BR> <BR> Clearly, my sloppiness in health and fitness over the Fall Challenge is evident. Physically. Reality check. <BR> <BR> I guess I should stay in touch with the mirror a bit, and not wait until I'm out at a clothing store trying to find cover up tops. Somehow the store mirrors seem a much more trauma... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:18:43 EST Chapter 16, Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812364 A busy day ahead of me. I'm ready for it. The focus is on me first. Though I wasn't planning to, I slept in and got more rest (my plan was to rise early and start in on client work). I'll get out and walk in a few minutes, and then hit the client work. <BR> <BR> I'm going to knock off early today and go to the fabric shop to take advantage of a coupon I have....that will be fun. <BR> <BR> Tonight it's a girl's night out for a home jewelry party my son's GF is having. She has great parti... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 06:16:05 EST Chapter 16, Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812035 Yesterday was a busy day of client work....chained to my desk, my doing. I found it challenging to get just 10 fitness minutes in, and that's a poor showing of making my health and fitness a priority. I could have done better with my food choices, too, and finished the day on the top end of my daily calorie range. <BR> <BR> I am babysitting Arden today. It was a cool, brisk day, but we headed over to the zoo. The animals were at their finest, and very active. We got to see the baby rhin... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:15:53 EST Chapter 16, Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811057 Early rise. I should get a lot accomplished today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Thankful for my 3 day streak <BR> Fairly quiet day in front of me <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with Food Plan <BR> Walk <BR> Client work <BR> <BR> Let's all go after a healthy and fit day! <em>104</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 03:25:06 EST Chapter 16, Day 26...."back" for real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810449 I am starting Day 3 of my streak. I am "back." For real? Yes. You know when you are in the health and fitness groove, you feel it, it oozes into every moment, and you feel GREAT. Hello and Welcome Back....please, I beg of you.....stay a while. Yes, it would have been super great to have seen you a few weeks ago when I needed you so badly during this challenge, as I wanted to do well. No matter....you're here now, and we'll not waste another minute on "could haves, should haves, wish we... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 05:58:36 EST Chapter 16, Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810199 Busy day....but, I was in my lane today, workin' my Plan. Got a 74 minute walk in; ate healthy all day. Pulled myself away from client work to get Molly some ear salve from the vet for an ear infection and took my friend some leftover lasagna and a piece of cake (better her hips than mine!). I stuck with a salad and some grilled fish. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Worked my Plan.... <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Relax tonight....have an episode of Homeland that awaits! <BR... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:54:44 EST Chapter 16, Day 24....reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809268 Enough already with the bad eating! <BR> <BR> Reset. <BR> <BR> Time to go after some health and fitness like I mean it. I MUST stay away from temptations. I know it will get easier for me once I successfully get through a couple of super healthy days. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Super early rise. <BR> Cheerfully got a walk in early this morning.....love the change in the time this morning....a bright and sunny 32 degrees. <BR> Healthy dinner leftovers today <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR>... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:54:09 EST Chapter 16, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804892 Yesterday was a really good day regarding health and fitness, but still needing improvement. Got to watch the snacks.....they put me over my calorie range for yesterday. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Showing mega improvement with yesterday's eating habits and fitness routine. <BR> Looking forward to continuing yesterday's progress <BR> Another mild day of temperatures....will be nice for my walk today. <BR> I am focused. <BR> Healthy leftovers for dinner today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> S... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:41:33 EST Chapter 16, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804415 Another week of blogging gone by since my last blog post. Over this time I was fighting a cold, and not exercising more than 10 minutes a day most days. And not eating right, using my tiredness and work deadlines as an excuse. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of another Fall Challenge week. Perfect timing....as I am feeling better and will get out for a walk on this cloudy, but mild temperature day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was 80% healthy.....just couldn't resist some extra carbs and fat from... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:31:34 EST Chapter 16, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801262 Hmmmm. Lost a whole week's blog. Not good. Obviously lost my health and fitness focus. <BR> <BR> Got out to walk 2 hours each on Saturday and Sunday. Eating choices could have been better. Must rally to have a stronger last half on the Fall Challenge. Likely I can't lost 10% body weight, the goal, but I can lose maybe 5%. <BR> <BR> Busy days these days with client work. Still, one must take good care of one's health. And get proper sleep rest. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> New da... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:02:23 EST Chapter 16, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796717 Goofed off yesterday. A full day of no client work, although it was not what I intended, but very satisfying. I will hold onto that thought today as I try and get through my client work "to do" list. <BR> <BR> First frost last night. Think my rosemary plant was spared.....time to move it into the house. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Eight hours of quality sleep. <BR> Crisp sunny Fall day to enjoy my morning walk. <BR> Streak of 1 day re health and fitness.....great, hope I turned the co... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:55:35 EST Chapter 16, Days 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796359 Welcome, Chapter 16! Though I missed your first day, which went poorly, it is not a commentary on our relationship over the 100 days. Keep the faith; I will, too! <BR> <BR> I will NEVER give up on fitness and health. I know its benefits, even if I can't execute the Program perfectly every day, or even every week. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 12 hours of restful sleep (surely needed it after an 80 hour workweek) <BR> Enjoyed my walk immensely today....it is a cool, bright day with cloud... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:27:10 EST Chapter 15 - Days 97, 98, 99, 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796354 Well the close of this Chapter came and went without me noticing. <BR> <BR> It 80% of this Chapter was progress, the last 20% not so much. <BR> <BR> Better to have done it than not. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Overall, pleased with my performance. <BR> <BR> Onto Chapter 16! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:15:32 EST Chapter 15, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792662 Another rainy day. Small stuff in the big scheme of life, especially given more serious events in the world. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Another 8 hours of quality rest.....lol, I'm spoiling myself! <BR> Successfully stayed on track with food plan despite dinner out at an Italian restaurant! <BR> Still the weekend! <BR> Had nice evening out last night with DH <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with Food Plan <BR> Get 120 fitness minutes in <BR> Client work <BR> Watch premier of ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:34:10 EST Chapter 15, Day 95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792162 It's a rainy one here today. Popped in a LS exercise dvd rather than get pelted by the rain and wind. <BR> <BR> Happy the weekend has arrived and incoming emails from clients are quiet.... <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 8 hours of quality sleep. <BR> 66 fitness minutes done (including 5 min on the stationery bike for more intensity) <BR> Weekend....yay! <BR> Major breakthrough on client work <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with food plan <BR> Stop at the library... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:52:35 EST Chapter 15 - Days 92, 93, 94 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791524 Wasted 2 days. Ate too much and of the wrong things; didn't get any fitness minutes in. I've been here before and I hate this place. The Fall Challenge just started. Breathe. Commit. No, not like that....COMMIT. "Just do it." <BR> <BR> Well then...lacing up for my walk. Molly's waiting with excited anticipation. Might as well....rain will be moving in over the next few hours and I have a busy day of excuses handy. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a terrific Friday! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:02:30 EST Chapter 15, Day 91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789903 Operating on just 3 hrs of sleep, I took a break from client work to walk for 65 minutes. Walk? More of a shuffle. No matter its done now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's eating warranted a major over. Though the day is not over yet, I am holding steadfast. I think my anchor will hold. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Rain held off during my walk....just a couple of sprinkles. <BR> Enjoyed my little break. <BR> Grateful the day shows some progress regarding health and fitness <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLAN... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:00:43 EST Chapter 15, Day 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788852 Dinner Theater package was really nice. DIL and I took the grandmas (my MIL and her grandma). The ladies enjoy their friendship and don't get a chance to see one another outside of the usual family events, so we got them each a season pass to the Niagara Theater, a small acting group that puts on a nice performance at a small venue. All had a very good time. <BR> <BR> I arrived at the restaurant hungry (kiss of death for me) and I overate; then continued with more snacking once I got hom... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:21:01 EST Chapter 15, Day 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788265 Another beautiful Fall day in Western New York. I intend to lace up in just a moment and get out walking. Going after 120 minutes today. <BR> <BR> Experimented yesterday making sweet potato chips. I tried in the microwave and the oven, using the oven to bake them, and then using the oven on very low heat to dehydrate them. I had my best success with the dehydration method. Problem is I ate a whole large sweet potato by the time I was done. Ah well, I could be eating worse things....li... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:09:15 EST Chapter 15, Day 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787729 Bugger. No weight loss this week. No one to blame but me, from too many family event indulgences from the past F-Sunday, which was one big ole food fest. Actually....being the same starting weight for my first weigh in is an unobvious victory. And, I have 7 more weeks to shed my 5% or 8#, and reasonable to achieve. <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Early morning walk planned with sparkfriend, Deb. It will be fun to catch up with one another, support one another (she's doing the Fall ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:56:47 EST Chapter 15, Day 87 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787501 Very busy day. Lovely day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Beautiful weather. <BR> No interruptions with client work. <BR> Got my walk in early in the morning before my day got started. <BR> DS1 and GF called to offer us an apple pie from the apples from their tree for this weekend.....while I appreciate the gesture SO MUCH....I said 1 piece for his dad would be just fine (yes, I will try a spoonful!) <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with Food Plan. <BR> Visit and take over some ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:31:43 EST Chapter 15, Day 86 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786563 Guess I can go to bed hungry and live to tell about it the next day, lol. <BR> <BR> It was a tough 'first day' yesterday. Brain in training. Again. It is not such a quick study and needs constant reinforcement. So needy. <BR> <BR> Today should be easier. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> I did not submit to snacking last night and resisted raiding the kitchen. <BR> Intently got through yesterday's goals. <BR> Granddaughter time today. <BR> Beautiful weather expected again today. <BR> <... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:28:13 EST Chapter 15 - Days 86, 87, 88, 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785829 Gosh, thought I would get this blog posted before the stroke of midnight. Better late than never I suppose. <BR> <BR> Resolve today to get back on track. I committed to doing the Fall Challenge and I have yet to make good on that. Today is the day. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> MORNING UPDATE <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Spent some time catching up with you sparkfriend.....and enjoying some coffee. <BR> Day's plan in hand.....a roadmap is always a good thing! <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:02:59 EST Chapter 15, Days 82, 83, 84, & 85 (Fall Challenge begins) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783655 Very busy with DH's brother's and wife's arrival into town. Decided to take a couple of days off from client work....I have more than earned it. Every day is full with family events. My SIL loves to walk, so we managed to get in a 98 walk along the Niagara River early this afternoon. And the day was a beauty to enjoy! <BR> <BR> Came home and took a 3 hour nap. What? Either I'm lacking sleep or it was the week off from my walking that taxed my body. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the big family ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:01:29 EST Chapter 15 - Day 81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780754 My eating has gotten sloppy as of late. I guess I need the pressure of the Challenge to keep me on the straight and narrow. And, wish I could say I really enjoyed my extra indulgences. I didn't and neither did my body. <BR> <BR> Nor have I walked. Colder weather is a deterrent for me. This is nothing right now, come winter, I'll have to contend with it. So I'd best get out and enjoy the milder cooler temperatures and stop mourning the loss of the hot and sunny days. And looking for ex... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:05:15 EST Chapter 15 - Day 80 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780093 Focus today is on me, just don't tell my clients, lol. I'll put in some face time and computer time, but then I'm getting my walk in and will make a batch of healthy vegetable soup for the week. Had too much process food this weekend, and my stomach is complaining, so it's high time I treat it much better. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Easier week this week with client work (heck anything would be after last week's of deadlines) <BR> Looking forward to some homemade soup <BR> Upcoming cak... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:08:15 EST Chapter 15 - Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779563 Busy day...last day of having granddaughter while her parents were away on their trip for their wedding anniversary celebration. Not sure what time they will arrive today. But I know I will have time for some fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Sunny but cold day (40 degrees right now) <BR> Time for fitness minutes today <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Walk later today after granddaughter goes home. <BR> Maybe take granddaughter out for the morning. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a peace... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:13:32 EST Chapter 15 - Day 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778996 Decent night of rest. It will be a busy day with granddaughter here for the weekend...figure I better squeeze in a quick blog while I could. <BR> <BR> My fitness minutes really fell off pace over this past week, from my busyness and then post tiredness. Inbetween Challenge finished today. My goal was to just not gain over the past four weeks. I did that, and lost a half pound too. So although I did not achieve the 2.5% weight loss team goal, I accomplished my personal goal. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:15:29 EST Chapter 15 - Days 76, 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778839 DAY 76 <BR> On track with food plan, no fitness minutes. Got to get my groove back soon. <BR> <BR> DAY 77 <BR> Ditto: On track with food plan; only 10 minutes of fitness. Have granddaughter tonight through the weekend while her parents are off on an anniversary celebration. She was really good tonight and didn't seem to mind the change in routine. Blessings. Hope she sleeps through the night. It will be wise for to get to bed now, too, just in case she has a restless night. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:27:20 EST Chapter 15, Days 74, 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777027 DAY 74 <BR> Yesterday was ridiculously busy. Functioned on no sleep, still trying to finish a report. With granddaughter playing with my jewelry, she was occupied happily and I could work inbetween getting friend to her post op dr appt. (it amazes me that DH could manage a plant of 200 people, but is totally incompetent trying to occupy a 3 year old without a bag of m&ms in his hands). Finally finished report needed for Board of Directors meeting with 10 minutes to spare. Goodness....wha... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:44:09 EST Chapter 15, Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775613 Managed to get a few hours sleep in. After a hard 3 days with client work, today will be the toughest yet. Made lots of progress so far....half way home with all of my deliverables. Must complete all. <BR> <BR> Must get some fitness minutes in somewhere today. Must stay the course with Food Plan. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Nice day weather wise. <BR> Focused for the day. <BR> Healthy leftovers for dinner tonight. <BR> DH will get to the Farmers Mkt today.....Yay! ...more choices re ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:42:15 EST Chapter 15 -Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775137 Long work day yesterday...tired like I haven't had enough sleep, even after 9 hrs of rest. Late start for my Sunday, but I got walk in and racked up some fitness minutes. It's my first walk without foot brace..... I took things easy, foot held up so I'm hoping this means complete healing to the affected area. <BR> <BR> I'm relieved not to have to need to do chair exercises; they were difficult at times because of my lack of strength in my core. I will make core exercises one of my goals o... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:57:43 EST Chapter 15 - Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774380 Full day of client work today (tomorrow, Monday). Still, must find some time to get some fitness minutes in and make a healthy meal for use for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Weigh in this morning. Met my goal to AT LEAST lose something....that something was a half pound. Met my goal, saved by homemade vegetable soup I've been noshing on all week, amonst all the snacking and a food event. I am weighing 1# more than when I completed the Summer Challenge. My goal for the Inbetween Challenge was t... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:42:47 EST Chapter 15 - Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774281 Client work overload.....miss my sparkfriends and sparking..... <BR> No exercise, but minded my Food Plan. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Day is done, lol. <BR> Weekend arrives in less than an hour! <BR> Friend recovering from surgery asked her neighbor to help her this evening, so I was "excused." <BR> Beautiful weather today....really, I noticed.... <BR> <BR> Hope your day was a spark-tacular one! <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:13:59 EST Chapter 15 - Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773095 Time feels so prrecious. Feeling anxious this morning, from my client deliverables all due at the same time. Good thing I am committed to the Inbetween Challenge, or I'd be using food to self-medicate. I already am to some degree....just not going nuts and that is good. <BR> <BR> #1 priority today, is to get on top of my eating and stick to nutritious foods. I can chomp on a carrot as well as a chocolate animal cracker or a bag of popcorn. <BR> <BR> #2 priority will be to get 60 minute... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:48:14 EST Chapter 15 - Day 69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772368 I learned that I need to frame my day with intentions, then begin my day. If not, I find I may wander and complete a day wondering what I've done with it. If I rise late, and don't take the time, my day is usually disorganized and unproductive. I may not get all things done on my list, but I am focused, with my roadmap in hand. <BR> <BR> I also like to take a moment to evaluate my yesterday, or some other concern. Yesterday, granddaughter and I made an apple pie. Well, yes, of cour... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:29:05 EST