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 18 - Day 68 ....Victory over self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955773 Victory over self. Is there nothing sweeter? Well, yes, a good weigh-in on the scale. <BR> <BR> I can't celebrate the latter (gained .5# for Week 1 of Summer Challenge). <BR> <BR> But, I can celebrate and enjoy my victory over me yesterday. It was very hard, watching everyone enjoy all of the fat laden appetizers, scrumptious dinner carb sides, and huge pieces of yummy bakery made cake with a mound of high quality ice cream. And not a drop of alcohol or diet soda passed my lips. <BR> <B... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:16:49 EST Chapter 18, Day 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954279 Yesterday was a wicked day, with medical appointments sandwiched inbetween a full day of client work, and on no sleep (worked through the night before). It was difficult working through the night before because of the fasting for my bloodwork, as coffee helps keep me going. <BR> <BR> The day could not have been more stressful for me, or my body, from no rest. No time for fitness minutes either. I am weighing 20# more than where I should be, so I was expecting the worse when the nurse took... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:39:24 EST Chapter 18 - Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953136 Some quality sleep and an early rise to finish "Project." Stomach malaise gone it seems; I am feeling good. <BR> <BR> I will try and get my fitness minutes in before granddaughter arrives today. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Feeling good. <BR> Don't need to cook; have healthy leftovers for dinner <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with food and fitness. <BR> Client work <BR> <BR> Have a Sparke-ing good day! <BR> Babysit granddaughter. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:02:40 EST Chapter 18, Day 63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953051 Bad night, little sleep. My plan to finish up "project" derailed by some kinda flu bug or "somethin'". Green around the gills, married to my commode. Got a little nap in, and then rallied a bit. After another nap, forced myself up outta bed, leashed Mollie and made her go for a walk with me. She was happy to come at first, but since it was dark, I made her go twice the distance. So her 15 minues turned into near 30, and the humidity had her panting when we returned, poor thing. My inna... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:44:24 EST Chapter 18, Day 62 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952080 2015 Summer Challenge 5% started yesterday. I am off to a solid start. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I am working on client work nearly all of the time, to finish up what was supposed to be a "short term" project. On Monday, i will meet with client and hand it over to their auditors so that their work can begin. <BR> <BR> Saw this quote on CindyKC2000's SparkPage: <BR> "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." (John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach) <BR... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:04:06 EST Chapter 18, Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942707 I'd like to forget yesterday. It was just one of those wretched bad days everybody has every once in awhile. Mine revolved around one of my clients, and the topper was getting caught in a serious downpour while outside at the zoo. I gave my sweatshirt to granddaughter to protect her from as much as I could while we made way to my vehicle a quarter mile away. Oops....left a window cracked....wet seat on the drivers side. Squish, squish. <BR> <BR> About a year ago granddaughter was in a ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:44:31 EST Chapter 18, Day 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942157 I set my alarm for a 3a rise, so I could tackle more client work. No way would my body cooperate and I settled for a 5a rise. The new client deliverables for this week will get done, at the sacrifice of "project." I really wanted "project" done before I left for my Phoenix trip, but the chances are slim to none. Bah. <BR> <BR> I am proud that I completed an hour of walking last night. Believe me, after working all day and half of it out at a client's and then cooking dinner, well, trust... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:35:04 EST Chapter 18 - Day 42. Passed on the Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941521 "Extra. Extra. Read all about it. Sparker passes on ice cream." <BR> <BR> I made history yesterday. <BR> <BR> Whodathunkit? <BR> <BR> I actually sat and watched others enjoy an ice cream cone and decided to pass on one for myself. I considered it several times, had a brain conversation, and each tme I ruled: no. there will be things in Phoenix just like this and that will be the time to say "yes" if "yes" is going to be the choice. <BR> <BR> Imagine. I passed on ice cream. Anything ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:24:47 EST Chapter 18, Day 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940592 Working my plan, albeit slowly, because of my client work demands. I am seeing forward progress, and that is good. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful cool morning, the kind that motivates me to lace up and get a walk in. And so I shall. After 1 more cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> It is a client work day, and I have a couple of errands to run to get ready for my trip: accessorize my sundress, nail polish, makeup, gift bag and card. <BR> <BR> Surprising myself, I am not taking my computer with me. ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 08:15:02 EST Chapter 18, Day 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938873 Up early. Such a peaceful, cool morning. Love it! As soon as I finish my pot of coffee, and post this blog, I am lacing up to enjoy it with a walk. <BR> <BR> Arden and I went for a picnic lunch at the park yesterday and then headed over to the zoo. I love zoos. I could watch the animals for hours and never tire of going there. Each time is such a different experience, depending on what animal is doing something I've never seen before. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a parrot was squawking nonstop... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 06:22:33 EST Chapter 18, Day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936870 I'm starting to think I'm just doing these Chapters so I can quantify how much time I seem to be wasting away at significant strides with health and fitness! Seriously, sparkfriends, it is time to get serious about this. <BR> <BR> I totally wasted the opportunities for health and fitness over the Spring Challenge. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Right toward the end of the Challenge, I committed to going to AZ for my brother's and his wife's 4oth Wedding Anniversary Bash that their son is having... Sat, 30 May 2015 16:23:28 EST Chapter 18, Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936540 Lots of exercise, ate healthy. Good day. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Central AC (so humid and hot today) <BR> Flowers are blooming overnight like crazy....so pretty! <BR> Enjoying my basil in my foods from my garden <BR> Tech support fixed my firewall problem today <BR> <BR> Sleep dreams, fellow sparkers! <em>102</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:55:39 EST Chapter 18, Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935876 Got 3 hours sleep last night, just couldn't do an allnighter. My granddaughter provided plenty of sunshine to brighten my day. Put some time in at the zoo, and then headed off to the art gallery to attend a special school exhibit/awards event that included grandson's artwork. The two grandkids had a splendid time together, and I loved watching their happy faces while they spent time with one another <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> The artwork done by the school children was very impressive, I ... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:30:43 EST Chapter 18, Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935376 It's raining. DH is overjoyed, he doesn't have to water, and the flowers love the rain water. I was so glad I got out and walked early this morning, when it was cooler and dry. <BR> <BR> Went to a dermatologist today to have 2 moles removed; as a bonus I got a "freezing" done on the wart I had been self treating with some acid ointment I had left from my podiatrist visit two years ago. The stress of it all had me in the cupboards when I got home, but I stuck to healthy choices so I did no... Wed, 27 May 2015 21:08:37 EST Chapter 18, Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933982 Hangin' in there on the exercise and eating healthy front. I need to successfully negotiate my food event yet, a cookout at DS2s home. His wife, bless her heart, has lots of healthy sides planned as well as some junk. Her efforts to offer something healthy to DH and me will help me stay stronger, as I won't want her to think she did all for naught, and I didn't mean a word of needing to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> My walk was a tough one for me today. My foot developed an ache, and it took lo... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:59:24 EST Chapter 18, Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933692 No client work again today. I can't seem to motivate myself, even with the audit pressing in on me. I must address this tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Made the time to exercise, stretch, strength train. It is time consuming, and all together I spent nearly 3 hours on these activities. My meals were super healthy. Tomorrow, with a cookout food event at DS2s, sticking to my Plan will be much, much more challenging. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Fitness Plan executed properly today. <BR> Beautiful... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:41:18 EST Chapter 18, Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933216 For a week now, DH's been eating healthy. He has a degenerative knee joint, and the extra weight is aggravating his situation. I am finally on board as of today, and am joining him. It's weird how a person will ignore what needs to be done, and then all of a sudden wake up one morning and declare a moratorium on unhealthy eating habits. I am glad for us both, that day finally arrived. <BR> <BR> It was a lazy day today. I didn't do a bit of client work. Tomorrow, I will probably be sorr... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:59:11 EST Chapter 18, Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929449 Yesterday, it was a beautiful day for my niece's college graduation. I was proud of her that she finished her course of study, as she had multiple stops and starts along her journey. The afternoon was filled with excitement, enthusiasm, the commitment to change the future for better, and the determination to succeed. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm....reminds me of the weight loss journey. So depsite the multiple stops and starts, one must continue the course, succeed. Just for a minute. It will lead ... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:35:17 EST Chapter 18, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928719 Enjoyed a long overdue walk today. Stretched my body. My body feels so much better for this....I guess that means, thanks! <BR> <BR> Seriously, sitting at a computer desk for long days with little break, lack of sleep has been no good for me over the past month. Yesterday, my ankles started to swell. Not sure what all that was about, but you better believe I took note. I don't care how busy I get, I need to take better care of me and get out for a daily walk and do some loathesome str... Fri, 15 May 2015 15:26:56 EST Chapter 18, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925903 Brunch for family was a beautiful event. Everyone was in fine spirits. I was happy with all of the food I made for it. Dog tired. Kids gave me some really thoughtful gifts, including a pair of sneakers which I really needed. <BR> <BR> Gave the blueberry buckle leftovers away. Don't know what to do with the rest. But, I'm safe. If I make something, generally, I'm so done with it, even if it turned out excellent....unless of course, we are talking bird stuffing, which I love, love, love... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:45:08 EST Chapter 18, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925376 I had my moment of truth this morning with the scale. Pure ugliness. No surprise. When I hop on the scale like that, it is usually a step in the right direction, as it means I am ready engage in health and fitness again. <BR> <BR> It was a gorgeous morning this morning. As soon as daylight hit, I laced up and got out for an hour long walk, followed by 2 hours of gardening, turning over soil and planting. Exercise, woot! <BR> <BR> Famished after all of my exercise, dug into the animal c... Sat, 9 May 2015 15:09:51 EST Chapter 18, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923924 What happened to Chapter 17, Day 100? <BR> Chapter 18, Day 8? Really, what happened to Days 1-7? <BR> <BR> Client work has overtaken my life. I gotta get past May. Got to. Then health and fitness can begin again. NO! <BR> <BR> Self: You know darn well this is just an excuse. <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Self: Where's your former self, the one who made time for health and fitness? <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, I miss her too. She's masquerading as some <em>15</em> ... Wed, 6 May 2015 21:38:39 EST Chapter 17 - Day 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918671 Forgot to put on my tracker. Walked 60 minutes. Ate healthy all day. Holding my own. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a healthy and fit day! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:28:41 EST Chapter 17 - Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917931 DAYS 86-92 <BR> Forget them. What is done is done. They are your yesterday. They do not define you, unless you let them shape your today. <BR> <BR> DAY 93 <BR> TODAY is what counts. This moment, this hour, this day. I want to reclaim my healthier lifestyle habits, and lose weight. I know it won't be easy. I will need to take each hour step by step. Because I am super busy right now and want to plunge into food to self comfort, I know I will have to have my best defense in hand. <BR> ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:57:25 EST Chapter 17 - Day 85....how much does climate matter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910305 I awake excited about today. Why? Temperatures will be in the 70s, a day more beautiful than yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sunday was a BEAUTIFUL day in every way. It is amazing how warmer temperatures, sunshine, and blue skies brighten my whole outlook on life. I wonder if I would feel this way almost every day of my life if I lived in a climate that usually has that type of weather. Or, instead, would the days become ordinary, and I complacent about them and their beauty? <BR> <BR> Then, I ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:11:05 EST Chapter 17 - Day 84....a blank canvas....created a lovely, on track day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909791 It was a gorgeous Spring day in WNY...a knock your socks off stellar Spring day that begs to be enjoyed. After a super healthy breakfast with DH, I laced up, got Molly out for her walk, and then continued my walk. With a single step in the sunshine, with brilliant blue clear skies, my mood went from great to grand. I'm talking sweathshirt, no coat kinda wonderful day, my friends! <BR> <BR> I hiked up to the university for a walk I haven't done since I had a backpack of textbooks on, rus... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:31:11 EST Chapter 17 - Day 83....so done with self-sabatoge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909297 DAYS 79-82 <BR> Ate junk. Didn't exercise. Well forget about that. That is then, and this is now. <BR> <BR> DAY 83 <BR> THIS is the day to do something with. The NOW. The PRESENT. Motivated? Doesn't matter. "JUST DO IT." <BR> <BR> Course of Action: <BR> <BR> Stay plugged into Spark and Champions team. Really, this should be a daily requirement of any "12 step program." (If the shoe fits....just saying....yes, shoe fits, so "deal") <BR> <BR> Spark while I drink my morning coffee, ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:03:17 EST Chapter 17 - Days 77 & 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906392 Day 77 <BR> Wonderful Easter and family time. Ate too much. I did make myself get out for a walk. <BR> <BR> DAY 78 <BR> A beautiful morning full of sunshine and blue skies. Yes, laced up and walked, enjoying the signs of Spring. I did not see a single mound of melting snow anywhere. WooHoo! Several of my crocus are ready to open. Joy! The grass is getting showing signs of turning green. Yay! Hard to believe that rain is forecast for this afternoon and then for the next 4 days. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:49:53 EST Chapter 17 - Day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905216 Sun is shining; skies are blue. Temperatures are above freezing. It is hard to believe that snow is on the way again for tomorrow. Regular, warmer temperatures will be most welcomed! <BR> <BR> I've decided to get my cooking done today for tomorrow for what I am bringing to DS2s Easter dinner. That way, I won't need to worry about rise time with my yeast dough for the placek. I will be thinking of my mother; she always made it for Easter for the family. Although I have her recipe, I have... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:04:18 EST Chapter 17 - Day 75 .... join in on the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge! It is AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904592 After today, I will be 75% done with this Chapter. I am breathing new life into the last 25% with tomorrow' s start for the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> The Challenges are a good fit for me, with the team approach. I tend to be the type of person who will do for others when I won't do for myself. The format is very well organized by a group of super committed leaders who put a lot of hours in to make the Challenges awesome, fun, and interesting, interactive, goal and action oriente... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:56:02 EST Chapter 17 - Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904414 It was really beautiful out today up until 2p. I missed most of it, preferring to wait to walk until 5p, in the rain and wind. Rain/wind gear kept me very comfortable. <BR> <BR> Noticted the rabbits have been enjoying my delicious little crocus and tulip foilage. This is the first time, I have seen them go after the tulip plants so early. I'm guessing there won't be too man blooms to enjoy in my garden this Spring. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Cold is much better today....glad I got ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:42:44 EST Chapter 17 - Day 73 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903333 Temperatures finally reached the 40s yesterday with a couple of hours of blue skies and sunshine. We have lots of cloudy days in WNY, so blue skies are always welcomed and enjoyed by me. Granddaughter and I had our first outing of the year at the local park. It was cold, but we both enjoyed our 2 hours there. This is the first summer we'll have where she won't be napping and we will have the whole day to enjoy outside. I am planning many outdoor activities for us: picnics at state parks... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:49:10 EST Chapter 17 - Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902711 2015 Spring 5% Challenge starts this Saturday. In preparation for that, I updated my goal board: <BR> <BR> 145#.....just do it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733234242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Imagine! Bold! Challenge! <BR> <BR> I am motivated to get into better shape. I need to increase the level of physical endurance on my heart, build up my stamina to walk up steep hills without getting winded in preparation for the hike I'll be taking in Berea. It's flat h... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:08:13 EST Chapter 17 - Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902116 Super windy, cold, have a cold. Guess I'm popping in my LS dvd today. "just do it." <BR> <BR> Client work all day. Food plan entered for day.....time to execute. <BR> <BR> Made plans during the summer to attend a watercolor painting learnshop in Berea, KY. My mother, now deceased, was an artist......she said anyone could learn to draw and paint. Hope she was right. I saved her brushes and will take them with me so that I can learn if they are still good and what each is used for (my ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:20:37 EST Chapter 17 - Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901506 Forget about Days 67-69: too much eating, no exercise aside from playing chase for 13 minutes with granddaughter. <BR> <BR> DAY 70 <BR> When I signed onto spark today, my goal board was right in my face. Hmmm, I've strayed. Badly. Giving myself a talkin' to: must re-focus, get some fitness minutes in, eat healthy. Will try today, despite the cold and a cold. <BR> <BR> My healthy meals are planned out. This is always a very useful Step 1 when I am trying to create a healthy day. (Since... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:50:26 EST Chapter 17 - Day 66 @#%!!@@!!!! (true story) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899573 The morning's solitude and a cup of coffee. Ah, yes, life is good. I start attending to some business paperwork. I rouse from my peaceful state to "@#%!!@@!!!!" <BR> <BR> What the heck is happening? What has DH in an uproar? <BR> <BR> He was taken by surprise, frightened by a bird in the basement! <BR> <BR> I go back to my paperwork, thinking....ok, he's got to handle this....this is a man's job....surely this city boy can handle this. He calls the police, and they tell him to call ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:59:23 EST Chapter 17, Day 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898576 Another cold day. I am still planning for a walk outdoors before granddaughter arrives. Today, I am taking her to see Cinderella. She knows the Disney story well and it is one of her favorite fairy tales so I think she will be engaged for the whole movie. This will be her first movie theater experience and I'm excited to share it with her. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Early morning rise.....always a great start to my day <BR> Quiet peaceful morning <BR> Two days of being On Plan behind... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:20:32 EST Chapter 17 - Day 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898389 Back in the teens for temperatures....a very cold walk. Spark friend Linda thought she'd make a difference today. She did. If she hadn't sent me a post, I don't know that I would have batted away all of my excuses. <em>304</em> Linda....appreciate your writing me today. <BR> <BR> Stayed the course with food choices, glad for that. <BR> <BR> Client work the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Made Molly happy by getting her out for a short walk <em>338</em> <BR> One more... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:09:53 EST Chapter 17 - Day 63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897397 What happened to Days 56-61? <BR> Worked too much, ate too much, exercised one day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l949861815.jpg"> <BR> Am I surprised I re-gained a pound? Nope, I'm surprised I didn't gain more. <BR> <BR> DAY 62 <BR> By 2p, my day's calories were exceeded. Deciding something must be done, especially since it is the first day of Spring, I laced up and got out for a 4 mile walk. While out walking, I cancelled my plans with DH to go out to dinner a... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:44:33 EST Chapter 17 - Days 53, 54, 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892702 DAYS 53, 54 <BR> So excited that warmer temperatures in the 30s-50s have arrived! My thing is walking out doors, and I am loving that I am doing that again. So goodbye Leslie Sansone til next winter.....and hello, Outdoors! Oh happy days! <BR> <BR> DAY 55 <BR> Almost every sidewalk now is free of snow and ice! Yay! <BR> <BR> The grass is peeking out from under the foot of melting snow....so happy to see you! <BR> <BR> Oh, the Spring rains will soon be here, but I don't care, I've got t... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:28:13 EST Chapter 17, Day 52 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890877 Have a cool mini challenge I joined on the Inbetween Challenge -- ending on the first day of Spring. We start with 100 points, and for every day we are not on track with food or fitness, off comes 1 point each. The goal is to see how many points we can end up with as the new season starts. With warmer temperatures in the air for some outdoor walking, I'm ready to combat my busiest season ever from client work. Every excuse with that is ready and waiting. <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> Yep, k... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:00:10 EST Chapter 17 - 49, 50, 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890715 DAYS 49, 50 <BR> Off track. No exercise. Wrong type of eating. Chained to client work. <BR> <BR> DAY 51 <BR> Enjoyable day with granddaughter. After she left, and after my evening meeting at client's accountant, I couldn't resist a walk in the balmy 43 degree temperature. First walk outside for 2015.....loved it! Molly loved her walk, too! <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Granddaughter time. <BR> Got back on track with food choices. <BR> Got back on track with some fitness minutes <BR> ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:49:37 EST Chapter 17 - Days 47, 48. 4.5% weight loss during Winter 5% Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888502 Winter Challenge ends today. My meeting with the scale left me a half pound short of losing 5%. Still, I could not be disappointed, for 7.5# of weight loss and a loss of 4.5" on my body is worth celebration. And, I broke with my past pattern of always gaining weight during the Winter. <BR> <BR> What's next? The Inbetween 2.5% Challenge. I can't do this alone. I don't want to do this alone. I am already looking forward to traveling to new places with my fellow teammates on the Champio... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:40:08 EST Chapter 17, Days 41-46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887285 DAY 41 <BR> Food event: DS2's BD celebration. Behaved myself and ate on high end of calorie range (usually exceed range at home food events). Left all the outside frosting on my small slice of cake (should have skipped the ice cream). Really nice family time. <BR> <BR> Added strength training 30 minutes; 120 total fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY 42 <BR> More snow to shovel; 75 backbreaking fitness minutes hoisting the snow above my shoulders. On Plan with food choices for day. DH... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:20:44 EST Chapter 17 - Days 39, 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883529 DAY 40 <BR> <BR> Made a few bad food choices, though I didn't trash the whole day. Didn't get any fitness minutes in. <BR> <BR> Just a fab day spent with granddaughter. She is 3 and loves imaginary play so I have lots of fun when she is here. We have birthday parties for her dolly, we make play castles and play out the cinderella story (sometimes I am Prince Charming, and sometimes either one of us will be the wicked stepmother). I like to play games, but she likes to take the pieces fr... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:17:58 EST Chapter 17, Day 38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882314 Starting a busy Wednesday out on a good night's rest. Smart move on my part, as already the day is filled with client work challenges. Armor on, clink, chank, bring it on day, I'm ready for you. <BR> <BR> DH booked a 2 month rental in FL for next winter season. I'd had something short term in mind, surely no more than a 1 month rental. Sigh. I feel like he's living in the Dark Ages, though I'll not expand on this point. One of the things I know, if you have a complaint, got to go to the... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:19:16 EST Chapter 17, Days 36, 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881563 DAY 36 <BR> Spent the morning making a meal for my friends to welcome them back into town. I tried a new sauce--apricot bourbon thyme-- for the roasted pork tenderloin I made them. I was very disappointed with it the sauce, two thumbs down. Worked on client work minimally, needed to work maximally. Frigid temperatures. Had a horrible day missing DH, who is in FL. <BR> <BR> DAY 37 <BR> "Everything seems better in the morning. (Colin Powell). Well, it seems to ring true for me, most of ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:52:12 EST Chapter 17 - Day 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880492 Peaceful day. More snow, ice, and zero temperatures on the way. Plow came by again so I got in another 30 minutes of snow shoveling to keep the end of the driveway passable. The snow was very heavy....a very intense workout indeed. <BR> <BR> Finished making my homemade chicken soup. I'll freeze some and work on the rest oif it over the upcoming week. Healthy soup is one of my weapons to fight off cravings when they hit. For some reason, soup is more satisfying to me than munching on ra... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:01:45 EST Chapter 17 - Days 22-34 ....a long blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880149 Goodness, it has been a while since I blogged. <BR> <BR> DAY 22-23 <BR> A whirlwind with client work, meeting an impossible goal to get it all done before I left town. On track with food choices; little time for exercise, but kept my streak of at least 1o minutes a day going. <BR> <BR> DAY24 <BR> Began our drive to Florida to stay with friends just north of Miami Beach. Stayed on track with food choices, eating from a cooler and making a good choice at the restaurant near where we took ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:02:38 EST Chapter 17, Days 22, 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872933 Missed another blogging day; sign of my busyness I guess. <BR> <BR> DAY 22 <BR> Fitness minutes were stellar: 67 minutes of intense snow shoveling. We have well over 2 feet of snow and there is just no place to put it anymore when shoveling. Food choices according to Plan. Not too productive on client work....too many interruptions. <BR> <BR> DAY23 <BR> Took a 4 hour nap for my night's sleep so I could get up and get things done around the house. Now 4a, with wash done, bathroom cleaned... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:50:06 EST