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 27, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422242 Hello, day. My schedule as of late, has me confused on what is breakfast and what is my dinner meal.....I suppose there are worse problems to resolve, lol.... <BR> <BR> Sunday to Monday, I worked 3rd and first shifts, back to back, sacrificing my sleep time. I came home from clients, had a light lunch, and went to bed. After 6 hours of sleep, I am up to work 3rd shift to get out a client deliverable. I squeezed in a light meal, drank 2 more cups of water, and got some fitness minutes in ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:58:09 EST Chapter 27, Day 7... soup is my secret weapon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421298 As I rise for the day, facing weight loss, feels like a battlefield to me. I know that sounds overly dramatic, but that is how it feels for me. And I pressed on. One of my weapons of destruction, is a healthy homemade soup. It's one of the best daily calorie management tools known to man. If I had a meal that was higher in calories, I could offset the rest of the day with my soup. If I had to work past midnight, always into more snacking in the past, I had soup. Soup is satisfying. So... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:15:43 EST Chapter 27, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419618 Making the decision to not snack, was easy. Living it out, is hard, especially in the evening time. My brain is on the prowl, and I find myself doing nothing but thinking of snacks I would like to eat. But the payoff from avoiding snacking is there, as the scale needle is moving downward already. I'll have to hold onto to that thought tonight, when "visions of sugarplums dance through my head." <BR> <BR> Yesterday we got 4 generations together, when my 95 year old MIL got to meet my new ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 07:23:05 EST Chapter 26, Day 100...out with the old; in with the new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418978 Chapter 26, Day 100. A time for goodbyes to bad habits: <BR> <BR> so long, evening snacking <BR> adios, excuses <BR> au revoir, inches <BR> goodbye, weight! <BR> <BR> Today, starts the 2017 Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Hello to new beginnings: <BR> <BR> setting goals for health and wellness <BR> making plans that align with goals <BR> tracking my food <BR> fitting in some daily fitness as an alternative to my walking (healing from foot injury) <BR> kicking temptations to the curb <BR> ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 08:39:57 EST Chapter 26, Day 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414785 Enjoying some sparking this morning; little time to blog. <BR> <BR> My focus this week is on Consistency, inspired by my spark friend, Chal. Wow, she really showed what can be done in 100 days when one applies oneself! GO, Chal! <BR> <BR> I've got a tiny streak going of 2 days. I need to take it to a bigger place over the course of this week. My fridge is full of lots of fruits, veggies, and lean meats. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, we await the birth of our new grandchild; due date is 9/26, my... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:47:36 EST Chapter 26, Day 86 & Sparkversary Reflections.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414305 I realized last night that today would be my 8th Sparkversary, only when a Champions team member sent me a spark goodie. I mulled it over for a quick minute, and then thought, well...nothing to celebrate there. I am at the same place I started at, 8 hrs ago. So much time wasted. In all honesty, could I share in the joy my team mates were bestowing upon me? <BR> <BR> Coincidentally, I had my annual physical this morning. I was waiting for the reprimand from my doc; I had it coming, being... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:58:08 EST Chapter 26, Day 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406935 Had a good meeting with the scale this morning. After chowing down two weeks ago on starchy carbs, this past week, I eliminated them all, and focused on proteins, vegetables and fruits. It wasn't interesting fare, because I was too busy to invest much in my food preparation. The payoff in weight loss was mine to celebrate. <BR> <BR> Thus, I was expecting a day of super motivation. I wanted to kayak but it was too expensive outside of the Senior Paddles, scheduled on Wednesday. Instead, I... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:35:06 EST Chapter 26, Day 63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405992 Back on my game after a few days off track from consecutive family events. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed some kayaking last night on the Erie Canal with the Senior Paddles. Wished I'd had a camera for a photo of a blue heron, a very large snapping turtle resting on a log, and a herd of deer in an open meadow that included 2 small fawns. Loved it. It was a nice way to decompress after a long day at client's. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Streak of 1 day with food plan. <BR> Kayaking for fitness minu... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:48:40 EST Chapter 26, Day 56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403360 Kayaking was fun. We had an over an hour of kayaking time. I learned many new things about it. And I learned I sure need to work on my strength with my core, and especially my arm strength to more easily get out of the boat from the dock. <BR> <BR> While kayaking was a great experience for me, my sis did not fare so well, though she was a very, very good sport about it. She tensed up while on the water; her feet and hands went numb, and she had great difficulty getting out of the boat.... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:07:00 EST Chapter 26, Day 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402999 So far, so good. Yesterday I got sloppy and undisciplined with my food choices, but luckily was still under the top of my range for the day. Barely. If I am serious about making progress, I need to limit days like that. With family in town and DILs baby shower on Saturday, it will be like walking through a minefield. <BR> <BR> Today my sis is taking me out for my birthday, belatedly. I love this day; my sis makes it all about me. We both love the book store and will start out there, d... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:07:22 EST Chapter 26, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401837 If not now, then when? Now. <BR> <BR> Got through a first day again yesterday. Streak, Day 1. <BR> <BR> Self: See, it can be done! A commitment can go a long, long way. <BR> <BR> Today, I will focus on what I can do. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Signed up for a kayak lesson for this Wedneday. Kayaked for the first time last week on Saratoga Lake. It was good exercise, relaxing on the water, and fun. A woman around my age runs the class and is a licensed kayaker, though I don't eve... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:37:58 EST Chapter 26, Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391273 These next few days will be quiet time. By Thursday, the busyness will start when my BIL and wife arrive to town and will be our houseguests through the weekend; they are in town for my niece's wedding. It will be a fun time for MIL, with all her children by her side. <BR> <BR> I had to go out shopping for a dress for the wedding. I found 2 that I liked and will choose one and return the other. What an ordeal so much trying of dresses was. It was very taxiing on my foot to be on it for s... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:36:05 EST Chapter 26, Day 16 .... foot injury & recalculating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387833 Ok, so it is official: doc said my foot injury is a bone contusion, with some tendon damage, in which the injured area is constantly stressed because I walk on the side of my foot. He wanted me in a boot up to my knee (or an ankle boot), a 90 degree night splint, and fitted with orthotic shoes. I said no to the boot to knee, opting for the ankle boot, which can take longer, and can be less effective. I'll try the ankle boot first, and then if that doesn't work, I'll go with the knee boot.... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:17:40 EST Chapter 26, Day 5 ... well go figure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383404 Appetizers at family events have always been one of my toughest challenges. No matter all the self talk, once I start into the bowl of potato chips, I'm done for. Today, prior to son's cookout, I'd decided to bring some low cal appetizers of my own: <BR> <BR> Traders Joe's Chunky Gaucamole made with yogurt, 10 calories per T <BR> Good Thins Corn Chips, 41 serving <BR> carrot and celery sticks <BR> <BR> I limited myself to them, and not only did I enjoy them, to my surprise, everybody else... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 22:20:43 EST Chapter 26, Day 3....taking stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382325 Really? <BR> 2500 days under my belt, and I have not reached goal weight? So then, WHAT IS the timeline, for reaching goal weight? Or normal BMI? Sixty million dollar questions. <BR> <BR> Context. Relativity. The big picture. <BR> <BR> More than 6 years have gone by since I started these chapters. That is a lot of time. Nothing says, mouse on a wheel going no where, with greater precision. <BR> <BR> Will I write the same thing in another 6 years when I am approaching 70 years of age... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:01:00 EST Chapter 25, Day 95 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379155 After a healthy breakfast and all gung ho on healthy, my resolve weakened and I was into the snacks again. Undaunted, I will prevail today and salvage my day by finishing up under total allowable calories. One mishap will NOT determine my day. <BR> <BR> My goals today: <BR> 1. Plan out the rest of my foods and track my day. <BR> 2. Get at least 10 fitness minutes in <BR> 3. Execute food plan, no snacking for the rest of the day unless it is on vegs <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got the ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:03 EST 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