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 25, Day 88....no progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376188 no progress this week. surprised? no. I didn't put the work in regarding my food choices. <BR> <BR> I looked at a start page spark resource that suggested visualizing weight loss. Some ideas were moving marbles from one jar to another as pounds are lost, filling a money jar, a goal board, clothespins. Ever use anything like this yourself? I'm task oriented. Maybe one of those ideas might be useful for me. <BR> <BR> I do know one thing, I am not liking that I have so few clothes that f... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:25:31 EST Chapter 25, Day 80 ... What's the most important virtue with weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372804 What is the most important virtue when it comes to weight loss, and health and wellness? A few run through my head: <BR> <BR> consistency <BR> self discipline <BR> commitment <BR> <BR> I've never had any self-discipline, and that seems to make consistency doubly hard for me. I've always found it difficult to do "a little each day" to make a large task smaller and manageable. I had one successful round of weight loss back in 2006 when I lost 38# so I know I have it in me. What I remember... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 05:12:23 EST Chapter 25, Day 69....she's back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367970 That snack eating monster returned! What happened? I crossed over to the other side of health and wellness, Dagnabbit! I was seduced by the appetizers at DS2s.....I'd forgotten how hard this part of family food events are for me....or minimized how strong their power over me can be. <BR> <BR> If I had stuck just to the dinner meal only, I finish the day at 1249 calories. The appetizers, once tracked added on another 1100 calories! <BR> <BR> What are my take aways from this experience... Mon, 29 May 2017 06:29:19 EST Chapter 25, Day 68 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367564 Night time snacking is one of my bad habits. I really, really wanted to snack last night. I didn't. I was able to resist these temptations by thinking thin over what my body shape is and it gave me the power boost to resist that I needed. Another battle won. Sweet victory. <BR> <BR> Today we have a family picnic at DS2s. There will be lots of food temptations. Can I avoid these pitfalls that keep me from my success? Have I crossed over to the other side? <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES ... Sun, 28 May 2017 06:33:22 EST Chapter 25, Day 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366731 My social calendar has been active last couple of days. My DILs took us mothers out to dinner and to see Wicked. I enjoyed the play that was in an old historic theater. The restaurant provided a limo shuttle back and forth to the theater.....wow, that was special! A lovely evening was had by all. I successfully managed my food plan by making good choices and eating lighter meals through the day. <BR> <BR> Last night I attended a special surf and turf dinner at Assisted Living for my 94 y... Fri, 26 May 2017 02:40:50 EST Chapter 25, Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365920 The week has gone well so far with food plan. I am getting in my fitness minutes daily. <BR> <BR> Tonight DILs are taking all the moms out to dinner and then to see Wicked play for our Mothers Day gift. I haven't had a night out on the town like this in more than a decade and I am looking forward to it. With the restaurant food challenge, it will be my test to see if I really have "crossed over to the other side." <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> No dieters remorse this morning.....fough... Wed, 24 May 2017 06:36:18 EST Chapter 25, Day 62 ... crossed to other side? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365362 I think I've crossed over to the other side now regarding eating healthy. What are the signs? <BR> One of them for me, is I can be around goodies and not feel tempted. DH brought chocolate covered donuts into the house and there they were, front and center. I was only barely tempted. <em>530</em> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed. Hope this lasts a while so I can shed some weight, get healthier. Last couple of days were spent eating healthy and getting fitness minutes in. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:42:59 EST Chapter 25, Day 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364464 Lots of days lost during Chapter 25, when it comes to proper eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Day 1 of Back on Track - going well so far! <BR> Audit is done; return to lighter client workload. Yay! <BR> Mother-in-law has made a miraculous recovery from recent medical emergency! Amazing what proper care can do that was caused by med conflict <BR> 4 hour afternoon nap....needed more rest, it seems. <BR> Beautiful morning walk <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Finish the day stron... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:59:13 EST What makes me smile? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360956 I saw this on a fellow sparker's blog and thought it was such a nice idea. <BR> <BR> 10 Things That Make Me Smile <BR> <BR> 1) an early morning rise....hope abounding <BR> 2) my morning coffee....sweet, sweet, java, my elixir in life <BR> 3) when DH does something thoughtful.....it can be the smallest thing....I'm lucky, there are so many to choose from. Just yesterday, he went and got a gift card needed for a Mothers Day gift. I wanted to do it, but he knew I was working, and so he just... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:20:45 EST Chapter 25, Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349525 Easter was a nice day of family time. Weather turned out surprisingly nice. I failed around the appetizers; the rest of my week will have to be clean eating all the way if I am to lose some weight this week. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Enjoyed Easter family time.....my carrot cake and the placek were a big hit <BR> Granddaughter and grandniece time today! The girls, both 5, will enjoy their time together. I should get lots of extra steps in today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Mind food... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:42:05 EST Chapter 25, Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348530 Immersed in client work, getting more files ready for accountants..... <BR> <BR> I'm working third shift and first shift this past week, and grabbing a long nap in the evenings...I'll be glad when this tax season comes to a close. <BR> <BR> Sun is shining after a cloudy damp morning. It got so nice out. When I opened the door I could smell the hyacynths in my garden.....nice! Think I will lace up for a short walk to get some fitness minutes in. <BR> <BR> Eating poorly, but I can't do t... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:41:21 EST Chapter 25, Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348229 Almost missed my opportunity to blog today, with 2 minutes to midnight. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:59:24 EST Chapter 25, Day 23 ... rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347631 Getting steps in....but I will probably be just shy of 9K. Couple of hours rest, instead of 6-7 hours.....at client's all day. My eyes are droopy; I'm retiring for the night. <BR> <BR> Food choices under control from being out of the house all day. But if there was something here to dig into in the way of junk or sweets, I'd surrender...... but nope, nothing but healthy stuff in this house. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Learned from the client I lost that they did really well on the s... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:21:36 EST Chapter 25, Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346869 Set my alarm for a very early morning rise so I could get at a large chunk of client work before my grand arrives today. <BR> <BR> I took the training wheels off my grand's bike. Running along side her while she rides until she can learn to do it herself is not going as well as I predicted -- seems my years have caught up with me since the last time I did this with my own kids. <em>40</em> It's a good bonus calorie burn for me, but momma, I need more stamina! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIV... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:00:04 EST Chapter 25, Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346366 Heading out for a walk before the grand arrives for the day. Another beautiful morning to enjoy. Will post again later.....got to run, uh, I mean walk <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got my walk in. <BR> Lots of out door time with grand (park, zoo, park) <BR> Lots of bonus burn <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stuck to food plan but with some variances <BR> <BR> Lots of walking today. Very tired. I will retire early. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Fitbit goals all gr... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:01:33 EST Chapter 25, Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345919 I am a very spontaneous person who enjoys impromptu. This trait often works against me, as too much planning is a drain on me. I'm good with a macro plan, it's the micro plan and major "to do" lists that de-energize me. LOL, that usually leaves me a poor judge of time needed to get from A to Z, because B-Y are a part of the plan and usually take more time than I allocated to them. New to Chapter 25, "Enhanced Accountability:" I'm going to recap my day to make myself face how effective my ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:19:23 EST Chapter 25, Day 19 - Spring Challenge take off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345413 Today starts 2017 Spring 5% weight loss. All systems are a go. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Time with grandkids today. <BR> Colonoscopy were results were negative. <em>41</em> <BR> Got my taxes over to my accountant <BR> Vet stabilized DS2s sweet dog, Taffy, for now <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Work my plan: get in some fitness minutes; follow food plan <BR> Client work <BR> Visit with grandkids <BR> <BR> Wishing you a relaxing, healthy and fit day! <BR> <BR> UPDATE: <BR> Exercise w... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 04:39:09 EST Chapter 25, Day 17....if not now, then when? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344491 I am prepping for a colonoscopy today, for tomorrow's test. I have to go through this every 5 years because my mother had colon cancer. For years my mom's doc advised her to go for a colonoscopy but she was afraid to have the test done. She developed colon cancer, had a stroke during surgery, and lost the battle after a hard 2-1/2 years spent in a skilled care nursing home. So today, I honor her memory by suffering through the worse part of this test: the prepping. I loved my mom dearly, ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 04:28:29 EST Chapter 25, Day 15 - 100 Days of Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343543 Chapter 24 ended and Chapter 25 began. Another one of my lapses. Why bother? Because I don't give up. Because I need to lose 30#. Because I need to kick preventative health into high gear. Because I've had major success with 100 Days of Accountability before, when committed. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter where I've been, my past stresses, today is the day that counts. <BR> <BR> Am I at the point where I can say, "enough is enough!" <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Positive self talk is good. ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 07:52:52 EST Chapter 24, Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322426 I'm feeling discouraged about today....I can't seem to whittle away at the massive pile of client work. I am trying hard to maintain my focus, perspective, and to prioritize what I have to do over this week, and then through to 3/15 when my first audit starts. <BR> <BR> My health and fitness plan tanked this weekend, with all of the family events. All I can say, is it is over, I've moved on, and today was a healthy eating day. The family time was really special for DS2s birthday and DILs ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:20:13 EST Chapter 24, Day 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321263 I've plugged along all last week, eating healthy and according to Plan, and walking, ignoring any negative self talk that came my way. The scale rewarded me with a 4# weight loss. Sweet. I have a tough challenge with 2 food events this weekend; family food events like these 2 are always my toughest of challenges. <BR> <BR> It is raining again this morning, but my motivation is not dampened. LOL, can I hold onto this while I'm in the throes of appetizer temptations? Actions speak vol... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:20:44 EST Chapter 24, Day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321037 With the early morning, came heavy rain. Very disappointing, nice temperatures reaching close to 70 were predicted. Well, okay then....back to some frustrating client work. By noon, the sun was shining brightly; the temperature was 69 degrees!! <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> You bet I I cast my client work aside! Off I went on a 3 mile walk to Enterprise Car Rental to pick up my rental for the weekend. <em>244</em> Exhiliarating! Winter in a Spring disguise....such a tease... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:42:57 EST Chapter 24, Day 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320185 I can't wait to get outside for a walk this morning before my grand arrives. It's in the 50s right now....really nice unexpected weather for our area. <BR> <BR> Plan to take grand to the zoo this morning, before the rain arrives. Have a few errands to run, too. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Happy I'm working my Plan, despite the daily challenges. <BR> Excited about today's higher temperatures! <BR> Enjoyed my conversation with my friend last night; I haven't talked with her in a coup... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:52:46 EST Chapter 24, Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319923 I am absolutely sleep deprived. <em>102</em> Don't I wish! After Grand leaves I'm calling it a night. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Looking forward to some rest. <BR> Fought off hunger with some home made soup. <BR> Weather is very nice. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> A little fitness, a lot of rest. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is going well <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Daily calories: 902 <BR> Fitness minutes: 16 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:24:47 EST Chapter 24, Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319214 My good intentions to rise after a nap at 1:30a to work on client work did not happen. What did happen was 8 hours of good rest. I accept my body required more rest last night. I am starting the day off behind; I have granddaughter all day. Realistically, not much will get done in the way of client work today. No option to hit the reset button; recalculating...... <BR> <BR> I've got a few things I must do today for client work; some can get done right now; others can wait until this eve... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:35:07 EST Chapter 24, Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319023 Dog tired today, so I will be brief, so I can get to bed for a nap before I dig into more client work. <BR> <BR> I ordered a blouse that is too small for me but that I just love. I bought it to help keep me motivated. <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got some client work done. <BR> I was more powerful than food; still weaning off the junk....the temptation to go on the prowl for more food is pretty strong. I know each successful day will weaken this state of mind. <BR> I got... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:38:16 EST Chapter 24, Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318467 As it turned out, Days 69 and 70 were practice days. Today I got it right. I've got some mojo going. James Brown's song plays on in my head, " I feel good...I knew that would now...." <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 50 degree day for my walk out doors <BR> Pushed myself to walk for 65 minutes <BR> Stuck to my food plan, with one close call <BR> Got an invitation to dinner to DS2s....very nice....I didn't go because I was afraid I'd get knocke... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:27:44 EST Chapter 24, Day 69 ....full steam ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317312 My time to write a blog is long over due. I just got out of the habit with it, and with my strong focus on fitness and health. Tax season is my busiest season for client work, the cold weather inhibits my favorite form of exercise (walking out doors), yada, yada, yada.....excuses! Blogging, health, fitness -- all three need attention from me. The clock is ticking, the time is now to act. Now. Not later. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Winter 5% Weight Loss Challenge. It started off with illn... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:48:36 EST Chapter 24, Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290153 24 and 24. A sign the day's intentions will be aligned with my action plan. I know, it's a symbolic stretch...."if it is to be, it is up to me" (author unknown). <BR> <BR> It was more work to pack my clothes as I had to try many things on to make sure they fit. It was my reality check that my body has packed on the same pounds I lost during the last Challenge and for the weddings. <BR> <BR> Last night's dinner plans got cancelled; DS3 is sick. Unfortunate, but I used my gift of time wi... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:56:57 EST Chapter 24 - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289323 Made it through Day 1 yesterday. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Make food plan & track food & water. <BR> Get 10 minutes of fitness in (more is preferred, but optional) <BR> Client work. <BR> Pack a suitcase for Florida for my periodic flights down there. <BR> Go to dinner at DS3s -- it is their first hosted dinner as a married couple! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Slept.....resisted my urge to work all through the night. <BR> A quiet day. <BR> Family time. <BR> Moving in the right direction o... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:46:18 EST Chapter 24, Day 22- Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288446 Happy New Year to you! Happy New Year to me! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Not to be wasted? Umm, right! <BR> <BR> Today's Plans: <BR> 10 minutes of fitness.....more encouraged! <BR> Plan meals focused on wholesome foods .... track, definitely! <BR> Balance: Work, play, work, play, work, play! <BR> <BR> Appreciate the Positives: <BR> DH's recovered from a flu bug <BR> 2017 opportunities! <BR> You <BR> A peaceful day..... <BR> <BR> Wishing you a year of good health, lots of happiness, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:32:13 EST Chapter 24, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285805 My lapses in blogs say it all: I am ignoring my health and fitness. This is not good for me. I know it, but I keep pounding down the leftover holiday goodies that people have given us, my share and DHs share. When will I stop using my body for a trash can? The sixty four million dollar question. <BR> <BR> My inner thoughts are shouting out: STOP. I seem unable to listen. When did I stop mattering to me? <BR> <BR> The Chapters of 100 days have come and gone. 23 or 2300 days of spot... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:58:15 EST Chapter 23, Day 96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276986 Not too much new since my last blog. It's been a lot of failed attempts to get back on track with the Eating Plan. I'm getting out for some weekly fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> The family is looking into a different living arrangement for my 94 year old MIL. She's taken some falls and with each passing month is losing more of her independence; we are at her apartment helping her almost daily now. The assisted living tours are stressful; the family is divided on the right facility and the... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:37:02 EST Chapter 23, Day 80 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269652 It's Thanksgiving time. It's my favorite holiday of the year. I love all of the traditional foods, and the time to give thanks. There is so much good in my life. And it has been a wonderful year. Because Thanksgiving Day is full of hustle and bustle, and lots of wonderful competing conversation going on all at once, I'm going to begin my celebration of thanks now. <BR> <BR> REFLECTIONS OF GRATITUDE.... <BR> Everyone is doing well, and there are no significant health issues we are dealing ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:27:02 EST Chapter 23, Day 58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258688 Welcome, weekend! <BR> <BR> It was a long productive week, among client work and running MIL to her medical tests with multiple calls to doctors for follow up. Our vehicle broke down yesterday. I turned that inconvenience into an opportunity to walk to and from my hair appointment. I got in 4 days of exercise and ate healthy 6 days out of , but night time snacking needs more control. I can do better. New opportunities await. Welcome, new week! <BR> <BR> Welcome new day! I will treat... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 04:18:40 EST Chapter 23, Day 53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256242 Welcome M-F structure! I can't think of a better way to frame a day. Add to that some intentions, and I'm off for a day of productivity. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> My client work pile has been halved by my productivity <em>224</em> <BR> Should be a quiet day. <BR> Looking forward to a walk outside today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course, stay focused. <BR> <BR> Wishing you an awesome day! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:08:08 EST Chapter 23, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255763 I had a good day yesterday: it was productive and I met my fitness and food plan goals. <BR> <BR> I've met my goal for fitness today. I over ate on breakfast, and am teetering on exceeding my calorie limit for the day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Enjoyed the quiet sunny morning during my walk. <BR> Moving health and wellness center stage again. <BR> All caught up on taped tv shows. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Manage the rest of the day's calories to be within allowable range. <BR> Cl... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:15:15 EST Chapter 23, Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255256 Time to regroup. <BR> <BR> Life has consumed me lately. It's time to put aside the things I can't control. It is time to start grabbing some time to take care of me, and my health and wellness. And fitness. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Will be able to spend a little time with grandson today. <BR> You, sparkdom. <BR> Kids are safely back in town from their trips. <BR> DH, suffering from knee troubles, is seeing some progress. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Get out for a walk. <BR> Enjoy a ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:13:45 EST Chapter 23, Day 25 ... Fall Challenge Kick-Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241014 Kick Off? Wow, that sounds special. I guess I better plan some events around my day that launches the Fall Challenge in fitting fashion. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:12:24 EST Chapter 21, Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240174 Happy Autumn season! And what a beautiful Indian Summer day in which to launch the new season! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Zumba tonight! <em>224</em> <BR> Beautiful day. <BR> Client audit meeting is behind me. <em>41</em> <BR> Quieter rest if the day <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Execute food plan. <BR> Get fitness minutes in at zumba tonight. <BR> <BR> Let's get some traction going for the new season! <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:25:44 EST Chapter 23, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237511 Enjoying a relaxing, very rainy day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Quit exercise after 25 min from the rain, but made no excuse and finished with my LS dvd inside. <BR> So far, following my Food Plan <BR> Lots of needed rest last night.....nice, quiet day. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:50:06 EST Chapter 23, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236678 Hello new day. Time to make the most of the time I have left before the weddings with some weight loss. Lately, I've just been maintaining, from snacking daily on cheese popcorn or chex mix. Talk about dumb, really, because the rest of my eating has been really healthy. Darn me. Seems like I'm bound to have a relationship with spanx as I try to fit into my dresses for the weddings (darn me). <BR> <BR> Today. This is the day I can do something with. <BR> <BR> Early evening, I take MIL ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:25:19 EST Chapter 23, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233890 It's a wonderful Sunday. Peaceful. Lovely, cool, sunny temperatures with no humidity -- A beautiful Fall day is in the air..... <BR> <BR> The wedding shower was a beautiful event. The venue chosen was an old historic Inn, restaurant, museum, with working artist studios and gift shop -- the place has been on my list to visit for many years. I will definitely go back during the Fall when I have more time to tour the place. What a thunderstorm yesterday! So much rain! But not til late eve... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:36:48 EST Chapter 23, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232676 Went to Zumba class last night. Good class. I'm having trouble learning the steps....hope I catch on soon. No matter, I'm burning 500+ calories for my hour of investment. <BR> <BR> Time to cut out the snacking on low cal cheddar popcorn. I'm quite addicted to it, and instead I should be focusing on fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Today, I need to get the gifts ready for myself and the ones sent to me for my future DIL's wedding shower that is tomorrow. I'll be off to the mall and the ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:40:39 EST Chapter 23, Day 7 .... Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231492 Yesterday was my first class of Zumba. I liked everything about it: great instructor, fantastic workout, great venue, well attended, everyone was welcoming. It's been a few years since my last zumba class .... wish I'd remembered more. Lots of new steps, too. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Sp glad I found another zumba class that I like <BR> Scale is moving downward, very slowly <BR> My tax records are turned over to my accountant. Monkey off my back, YAY! <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 05:48:16 EST Chapter 23, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230343 Did well at the BBQ appetizers.....chowed down on the vegetables, some shrimp cocktail, hummus, and a handful of olives. I stuck to my meal plan like a champ. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Still working on the darn ole tax records .... I must make it a point to be done today. Nothing but tedious, slow work, and the reason I procrastinate to do it in the first place. I need to make a change with this by breaking this undesirable task into a quarterly task. I'm beyond that now for 2016, so I ne... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:26:32 EST Chapter 23, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229813 My quieter holiday weekend now has evolved into "busy" from an invitation to a cookout today at DS2s. I always accept an opportunity to spend time with family. This time, it was a much harder decision for me. My inner voice was screaming out, NO, because DH and I are both very seriously dieting and have strong momentum going; we hate to set ourselves up for a food challenge, which this cookout surely will be. Time to buck up, I guess. <BR> <BR> Tax prep for my business records continues... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 05:09:04 EST Chapter 23, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229536 I didn't feel well yesterday, so I skipped the fitness minutes. I made up for it today, by adding yesterday's fitness commitment to today's. Mixing things up can be a good thing.....it keeps the body guessing, and studies say that will enhance weight loss. <BR> <BR> Tried some chobani coconut yogurt on my fruit this morning. Delicious; tasted like a treat. So refreshing. I don't know why I didn't think of this combo before. <BR> <BR> Our Labor Day weekend is really quiet.....not a thi... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:48:03 EST Chapter 23, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228778 September goals. <BR> <BR> Carry on. Move. <BR> <BR> Ok. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Forced myself to exercise late last night....made no excuses. <BR> Persisted and solved a client problem over the course of yesterday. <BR> Pottery Barn is having a Labor Day weekend sale .... perfect! Time to pick up a wedding gift for the kids. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Move: 60 minutes of walk / jog. Must be out the door by 7a <BR> Work my Food Plan. <BR> Focus on my business tax prep and customer... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 06:53:08 EST Chapter 23, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228195 Yesterday turned out to be goal setting day for September, and a rest day from fitness plan. It poured most of the morning, and while I thought I would get out later for interval training, the heat and humidity of the day convinced me otherwise. I did get some fitness minutes in while with the grankids: walk to park, played basketball. Food Plan went really well. <BR> <BR> I feel good about the goals I set for September. I know they will help get me where I need to be by October 1. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:12:20 EST