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 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 Chapter 17 - Day 19, 20, 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872171 DAY 19 <BR> Client work. 10 Fitness minutes. In the dog house with family.... missed dinner with BIL who is visiting from NC for the weekend, and the rest of the family <BR> <BR> DAY 20 <BR> Client work. Hair appt...."me" time I guess. 10 fitness minutes. Super happy with my weigh in ....loss of 3#.... must be due to all my shoveling. <BR> <BR> DAY 21 <BR> Client work. Breakfast out with DH and BIL....enjoyable. Brought half of my healthy breakfast home (like when has THAT ever happene... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:52:26 EST Chapter 17, Days 18, 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869817 DAY 18 <BR> Got lots of sleep the night before, shoveled snow for fitness minutes, walked in the house while I watched tv for another 73 minutes, kept to my food plan, watched some evening tv with DH, and client work sandwiched inbetween. A busy, but more balanced day. <BR> <BR> DAY 19 <BR> Got some sleep, will shovel again, sit grand daughter who is recovering from illness (from me? or new round from daycare? ) While she naps and after she goes home I will hit the client work. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:10:15 EST Chapter 17, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868874 Cute....day of the 17. LOL, I should have exercised 17 minutes instead of 10. At least it is something. Sleep deprived, down with another cold, probably lack of rest has not helped me. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Kept my fitness streak going....what an effort today. <BR> So glad the day is done. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Catch up with you in the morning, friend. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:55:37 EST Chapter 17, Day 16....Food Event Wipeout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867664 Super Bowl snacking for me was a wipeout, for all my talk about my best defense and water and coffee being my friend. I started out with them, and then progressed to the snack table like a woman whose health and fitness was on some kind of back burner. I am at least relieved that I did not exceed the number of calories it takes to maintain my weight (weight x 15 calories). <BR> <BR> This week, my focus is on damage control. That means a strict food plan, mostly lean proteins and complex ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:25:01 EST Chapter 17, Days 14, 15 (food event mgmt day!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866977 DAY 14 <BR> Worked on client work most of the day. Came down with granddaughter's cold....doesn't see to be too bad of a cold, thank goodness. forced myself to get some fitness minutes in. Enjoyed some tv with DH in the evening. <BR> <BR> DAY 15 <BR> BIG food management day. Recalling my last ineffective food event mgmt day, I must recall that it wasn't the dinner food that did me in, it was the snacks before dinner....and my behavior made me exceed my calorie range for the day....and s... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:11:07 EST Chapter 17, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866119 Pulled another all nighter....got a 3 hour nap and was back at it again, working on client work. Made lots of progress....stack is getting smaller. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Made sure I am on the low end of my calorie range today.. <BR> Walked 10 minute loop in house for fitness minuts today.....one can walk on an empty tank it seem..... <BR> <BR> EVENING PLANS <BR> Signing off; got a date with my bed. <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams, friend! <em>102</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:27:40 EST Chapter 17, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865457 Thank you for visiting my blog.....I will catch up with you tomorrow, when things lighten up for me just a bit. <BR> <BR> Yes, pulled another all nighter this week and I have to work tonight again. Carumba. I took a break in the wee hours to walk a loop in the house, instead of letting my head hit the desk from such tiredness...glad I did now. Caught a 45 minute nap when granddaughter took her afternoon nap. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Got my streak going. I know 10 minutes of fitnes... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:56:59 EST Chapter 17, Days 10, 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864230 DAY 10 <BR> Worked 8 hours before granddaughter arrived. How? Worked through the night. But at least it was after a 3 hour nap....and I was able to get a nap in when granddaughter took her nap. Fell asleep on the couch after she left, woke from a phone call, and realized I needed to get at least 10 minutes of fitness in, so I walked a loop in the house. On the high end of calorie range today, one of the casualties of being awake so many hours. <BR> <BR> DAY 11 <BR> Hello day. Feeling t... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:09:02 EST Chapter 17, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863246 Spotlight today! I went to my sparkpage, saw I was in the Spotlight and all of a sudden my day went for the ordinary to the extraordinary! <BR> <BR> DAYS POSITIVES <BR> "Epic storm" is not coming our way. <em>250</em> <BR> Added another day to my streak. <BR> Made the Champions Spotlight today! <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Well evening's plans.....get a nap, and then keep at the client work. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a terrific evening! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:56:16 EST Chapter 17, Day 8 ... what is your favorite LS dvd? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862295 I'm such a procrastinator. I thought about exercising all morning. I finally got up and got Molly out for a walk and walked a bit more in the freezing cold. Once I got in the house I procrastinated some more but then rallied to do 66 minutes of Leslie Sansone dvd. I don't mind telling you, I am glad my fitness is behind me for today. I don't mind walking out doors, but the winter season, because of the cold is a deterrent -- lol, do I really mean excuse? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:28:11 EST Chapter 17, Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861924 Did well with Winter Challenge, Mini Challenge 3. My competitive and determined nature surfaced, and I got in an extra 45 minutes of fitness minutes across three additional sessions. Sure wish I'd eaten a bit less for lunch, but the day's calories were in my low range, so I guess that is fine. <BR> <BR> Although I procrastinated for half the day with client work, I got down to business and got lots done....just finishing up for the day moments ago. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> I was v... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:53:08 EST Chapter 17, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860828 Four days of productivity ahead of me: fitness, healthy food choices, client work. <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> BIL comes home today from rehab! 2 months later, less 1 leg from a life threatening infection from diabetes, but with a very postive attitude. <BR> <BR> DAY'S PLANS <BR> Stay the course with Plan. <BR> Work productively on client work. <BR> Make my beet chips...a new food experiment. <BR> <BR> Wishing us all a healthy and fit day! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:33:59 EST Chapter 17, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860504 Pulled an all nighter with client work. I know, I know....I said I was done with that routine for awhile. But, at least I am not doing it as much as I used to. I do feel good about getting 3 major client deliverables out the door this week, and on time. <BR> <BR> And, I feel good that I forced myself today to at least get 10 minutes of exercise in. When I do long hours, I tend to eat more....I tried to make smart choices, like eating bowls of vegetable soup through the night as I got h... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:29:38 EST Chapter 17, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859279 Today's the day... <BR> <BR> for 45 minutes of Leslie Sansone dvd <BR> experimenting in the kitchen to make roasted beet chips <BR> whittling down the mountain of client work and emailing a deliverable that is due today <BR> following my Food Plan as I gear up for Saturday's meeting with my scale for the Winter Challenge <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> Up early....I always like that because it makes me feel super organized around the day. <BR> Thankful I have avoided caving in to my food cra... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:09:34 EST Chapter 17, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858616 With client deliverable done, and my fitness minutes in (unless I do more) makes me feel like I can kick back and relax a little for the rest of today. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to some playdoh fun time with granddaughter today. One of the nice things about the grandma stage is we get to play like little kids again. I've always enjoyed coloring and playdoh fun time! <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY'S POSITIVES <BR> 22 fitness minutes done <BR> Client reports delivered on time....nail biter, though..... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:21:54 EST