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 28, Day 5, Week 2 of Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484584 New Chapter: 28. On and on and on. <BR> <BR> Week 2 of Challenge was not my best. I lost only a half pound. Too much stress eating. <BR> <BR> I launched Week 3 today with gusto. I ate a healthy breakfast, walked for over an hour out side, stretched, and strength trained. I am already at 9500 steps for today. I have to watch my eating over the course of the day. <BR> <BR> I am talking granddaughter to the zoo this afternoon. Bonus calorie burn with the additional walking. <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:43:25 EST Chapter 27, Day 98.....Week 1, Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482344 Week 1 of Spring Challenge is done. 6 of the 7 days were excellent; no complaints on the 7th even though food wise, it was less than perfect (grand's baptism celebration lunch). <BR> <BR> This week, my goals will be the same: sticking to my food plan and getting some outside walking in. I need to add some stretching in daily....I am feeling stiff these days at my age. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Weigh in was very good! <BR> Except for 1 day, I followed my eating plan exactly. <BR> Pan... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:27:50 EST Chapter 27, Day 91 Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479907 Call to Action: Day 1 of 2018 Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge <BR> <BR> Goal: Get through today On Plan: <BR> Log fitness minutes <BR> Stay the course with food plan <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> New beginning <BR> Renewed hope <BR> <BR> CAN DOs <BR> Achieve today's goal Sat, 7 Apr 2018 08:12:26 EST Chapter 27, Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473020 I haven't blogged in a while. My life is very busy with business because it is tax season. And I've added 3 full days of babysitting my new grand to my already 2 afternoons of after school care for my other grand. I used to grab hours through the night for my client work, but I can't do that any more because it had a negative impact on my health. <BR> <BR> Step by step, I am completing client deliverables. I absolutely enjoy my time with my grands; they bring me great joy. <BR> <BR> Sinc... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:32:33 EST Chapter 27, Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463915 Program: ho hum. My fault. Healthy meals but snacking. Too dumb. Mouse on a wheel, going no where. Too dumb. Too dumb. Too dumb. <BR> <BR> I have to rid myself of my snacking habit. Why I allow it to creep back into my life is so counter productive. Self: is this enough "self-realization" for you? Hope so! <BR> <BR> And yet, this IS "my year." It's the year I reach goal weight. Yes, that IS going to happen. I've been on that quest for much too long, like, nearly 2700 days or ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:01:06 EST Chapter 27, Day 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462920 Happy Valentine's Day! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Continue to grind it out daily with Food Plan. Some days very good, some days not so good. I will push for stellar through to the end of this day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Tulip bouquet and 2 chocolate covered strawberries from 5 month old grand <em>129</em> <BR> Beautiful card from DH <em>129</em> <BR> Time with 6 yr old grand today <em>129</em> <BR> Stayed on track with Food Plan <em>224</em> <BR> Healthy leftovers for ... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:34:29 EST Chapter 27, Day 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461570 This Chapter shows some progress, albeit very slow. My weeks are mixed: some stellar On Plan days, and some days that are within calorie range, but on the high side from making some poor food choices during the evening, and here and there a day Off Plan. <BR> <BR> I've become complacent. Is it winter season doldrums? Likely. But, no matter. <BR> <BR> With the Winter Challenge coming to a close in just 3 short weeks, I feel like I need to ramp up my Plan, with some meaningful actions. ... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:52:03 EST Chapter 27, Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456787 This will be quick, as I have a full plate today with client work. I will make time for a walk for myself out doors though....it will be a very good stress reliever. <BR> <BR> My snacking habit is creeping back in again. Even though I am ending the day up where I want to with my total calories, I need to triumph over these weak moments. On a positive, at least I have built in some calories to spare for my weaker moments. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Youngest son's got an excellent surg... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:53:44 EST Chapter 27, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452497 Time to get more serious with my food choices. Lately, though I've stayed under calorie range, I've had snacks and called it my meal. It's a bad habit I intend to rid myself of. I cut myself some slack because my youngest adult child was having surgery, and I was stressed. Surgery was yesterday, and doc he was successful in removing a fairly large lipoma. <BR> <BR> I came home and fell asleep on the couch for 7 hours. I'm starting today. Breakfast was at 1a. Time to hit the client wor... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:56:14 EST Getting to Know Me / You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451386 Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. (I see these popping up all over on SP friend blogs) <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Next to me. <BR> <BR> Spouse? Yes, strong, steady, my rock <BR> <BR> Your hair? Down to my chin line; color depends on my hairdresser....right now, brown with blond highlights <BR> <BR> Your mother? Deceased since 10/2006. I miss her every single day. My brother passed same year, 1 month later from a massive heart attack <BR>... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:48:57 EST Chapter 27, Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451087 Gosh days and chapters are passing me by! Still, got to keep track of how many hundreds of days I have been at this. So, hello, Chapter 27. This Chapter, I will make a prediction. My weight will be in the 140s again. I haven't stuck my neck out like that in a while, but the timing feels right for this. <BR> <BR> So that's it, that is the main goal. I know the drill to get there, and the mechanism that will make it happen, is a strong focus on limiting daily calories to the low end of my... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:41:43 EST Chapter 26, Day 59 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437855 Time to rally. Yesterday's food choices were both good and bad. It was a hungry day and without explanation. I think it may have something to do with this cold because it's compromised my taste buds and after several days of that, I tend to go on the prowl from not feeling satisfied. I will turn things around in the right direction today by eating right and on plan, and getting in at least 10 minutes of fitness. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I will sit Alexandra today or not yet. She got a... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:04:31 EST Chapter 26, Day 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437031 Inbetween Challenge began yesterday. My goal between yesterday and January 4, is to lose 7#. I have 33 days to meet this goal, and a boatload of holiday food events to challenge me along the way. I hope I have learned some new healthier habits and in particular, how to negotiate food events from my success during the Fall Challenge. Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I won't increase my fitness minutes. My foot is still healing from my zumba injury last year, and although I have tried working it... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 11:54:43 EST Chapter 26, Day 56. Challenge done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436642 As I stepped on the scale this morning, I said: <BR> Goodbye, 14# <BR> Goodbye 2" on my waist <BR> Goodbye 2" on my hips. <BR> Goodbye 2017 Fall 5% Challenge! <BR> <BR> I worked hard for these results. A first for me, I lost weight Thanksgiving week. <BR> <BR> I'm not done yet, though I marked a couple of milestones. My new goal is to make it through the month of December having lost weight, and it will be another first for me. I have 6 food events to manage that are scheduled in the f... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 07:22:32 EST Chapter 27, Day 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434507 It is a first for me, my losing weight over the Thanksgiving holiday. My food sacrifices on that day paid off, and I'm alive and well to tell the story, lol. And what a wonderful Thanksgiving Day it was at DS2s. My son and DIL, had a large crowd of 22 adults and 6 children; they have big hearts to always include so many. I loved that my whole family, that are in town, were there to enjoy the holiday with, and I really love watching all the little ones play together. Course, the toy room lo... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:23:02 EST Chapter 27, Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432485 This morning's weigh in was a disappointment, having gained 1# back. Even though I had 2 food events, the rest of the week's food choices were stellar, and so I am surprised by the number on the scale. Boohoo. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Done. Cry is over. Time to move on and get back to work. With Thanksgiving this week, I'm a little worried about the upcoming weigh in on Saturday. Oh boy. I guess I will find out just how bad I want to maintain my 5% weight loss for this challenge. ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:03:39 EST Chapter 27, Day 35. 5% weight loss achieved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430266 Victory is sweet. I will take a moment to celebrate. <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> And, then, continue my journey toward more weight loss and better health and wellness. <BR> <BR> I never before had several weeks where I could not take the weight off, though I was working my Plan. This takes the patience of a saint. <BR> <BR> Taking my MIL out for lunch to use a gift card she was given (I know, I don't need a food event). My SIL, her daughter will join us. Afterwards, we will visit DS3 a... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 06:25:56 EST Chapter 27, Day 34 ....keep on, keepin' on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429969 "keep on, keepin' on" <BR> <BR> That's what sparkers like to say. It's profound. <BR> <BR> This dang ole scale is stuck. It's been stuck ever since my weigh in on Day 14. It is easy to get discouraged, and I did, and then I had some less than good, but not horrible days. And by that I mean I did eat more than I wanted, but was still within my allowable calorie range. Where's the payoff? It's maddening. I have to remind myself results are coming. I just have to dig deep, and <BR> <... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:08:41 EST Chapter 27, Day 32. Rally is on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429328 Ever since a poor weigh in that I did not deserve, I have let discouragement in, and my resolve has been weak. I am making my job of losing weight all the harder and that is just plain dumb behavior. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was seduced by a beautiful, hard crusted loaf of Italian bread from a bakery that DH brought into the house (oh! how I love a good slice of bread!....and it had been sooooo long since my last). Not just once slice, but 3. With butter. So delicious. A slice of heaven. ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 05:57:15 EST Chapter 27, Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427021 Yesterday was a very Off Plan day. I didn't fight hard enough for myself. It started out early in the morning, I was very hungry. All day long. It was exhausting me mentally. I fought hard through lunch, but at dinner, lost the battle. Dieter's remorse. Goodbye streak of 24 dayls. <BR> <BR> Hello November. <BR> <BR> Hello new streak. <BR> <BR> I can do it. I'd better rally. Can't trash 24 good days for 1 very bad day. Time to kick my discouragement to the curb <em>216</em> <BR>... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 05:01:38 EST Chapter 27, Day 21...math doesn't add up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425772 I've had a good streak going this week. I was On Plan with foods all week, cutting calories for the week by 10,773 alone, without factoring in calories use for my fitness minutes. It should have been good for a weight loss of 2-3#. 3500 less calories equals 1# of weight loss. Nope. I lost a half pound. I've been cheated out of results I earned. <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> This is inexplicable to me. I did not build muscles that weigh more as I did not strength train. <BR> ... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 05:54:18 EST Chapter 27, Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423508 I've been On Plan for a full 2 weeks. I'm getting more used to eating lean proteins and fruits and vegetables, and very limited starches. Every time I start to think, how about a plate of pasta, or a refined sugar something, I think, "you can go ahead, but it will make the journey to goal weight much longer....do you really want to string it out? You can have it, but are you sure you really want to do this? And for that?" And I think, "No, it's really nothing special. I can have it anot... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:57:45 EST 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