WALKMYWAYTOFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKMYWAYTOFIT WALKMYWAYTOFIT'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/ Finished my 5K with my best time so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486076 Just a quick blog entry to record that my time for the Oktoberfest 5K was 48:50.9 <BR> that is the fastest yet, -- glad to have participated! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:22:31 EST Lost 2 more lbs with Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483796 I cannot tell enough people about my success and happy motivation with Spark People-- in my effort to be healthier and make lifelong changes in my habits. <BR> <BR> I have had a incredibly busy summer, traveling, and doing things that have made it difficult to get onto the SparkPeople website to log and track my foods since the end of June. However, because of the great things I have learned and the encouragement and inspiration from many many other bloggers here, I am still working towar... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:59:15 EST In the health range for BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437347 I weighed in today and changed my goal to reflect my new lower weight. I was totally jazzed to see I am finally in the healthy range for my BMI. Yay! I am freaked out in a good way that I can see 140 getting closer as I step on the scale.... I haven't seen that in over twenty years. I am continually amazed at the progress and my fitness. I am not trying for a quick loss but I am working every day to make healthy choices and to keep my exercise going and a priority! I am so excited to be... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:22:18 EST Adding a Mule to my Motivational picture board, but not because I'm stubborn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398803 <em>312</em> <BR> When I listened to Spark Guy on the Spark Solution Coaching today he reminded me that successful people in fitness and healthy eating remind themselves on the "why" in regards to their goals. <BR> <BR> I had to stop and think on this more. I know in my heart, I want to be the best I can be, for my family, my grandchildren, and to be capable and unhindered to work well at whatever I choose. But thinking further, I remembered how I wanted to take the Grand Canyon Mule r... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 03:01:50 EST Routine work outs helping to make things easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390157 <em>311</em> <BR> Since I have been making exercise -- and specifically walking a priority, daily getting out the door has not been that difficult... The routine of getting up, getting my walking shoes on and getting out the door prompts me into action. <BR> <BR> I do have days where I have the thought, "I just don't feel like it" but then I counter that thought with, "but you can" "you are able" .... I think of what the result would be of my giving into my lazy side... to succumb to... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:29:19 EST I am a Grandma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361736 Well, this past Tuesday our daughter had her first baby, making me and my husband grandparents! We just can't believe how this makes us feel. <BR> <BR> Going to be with them and helping them has impacted my fitness typical schedule but even with that I was able to get several 10 minute walking spurts in each day. I didn't get to keep up with the recording of my food trackers and walking trackers... but I know I am keeping my Spark People goals in mind as I go about the day. <BR> <BR> So... Mon, 20 May 2013 01:05:10 EST St. Patrick's day 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291020 <em>311</em> <BR> I am happy to say I completed my first 5K of the year. It was new to my husband to also join me in this adventure. He liked it and agreed to do another with me. <BR> <BR> I really like having a goal like a 5K to spur me on in my daily fitness routines. <BR> <BR> I was so excited I could hardly stand it.... it was a small size event, thankfully but tons of fun as people dressed up in outlandish green attire. At the end of the race we got to watch Irish Step dancers ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:49:02 EST Walking more has my energy up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285097 <em>311</em> <BR> Since I started walking every day I have noticed that my energy is up and so is my outlook and mood. Yes, I do feel fatigued at the end of the day and in the morning after a day I pressed onward for a faster walk or to keep it as fast as I did the previous walk but I am experiencing energy that I used to wonder if I'd ever have again. <BR> <BR> This is very exciting to me. I feel my body changing. I have many more lbs to lose but I can detect changes in the way my clo... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:37:44 EST time crunch, memory, learning curve.... Lol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281113 Well, I think I learn how to do things on the computer and then I wonder.... now how did that go again? <BR> <BR> So one of these days I will have time in my busy schedule to figure out how to give away some spark goodies to you folks and add a little more decoration to my page. <BR> <BR> I have to tell you that I love my new decal for my car that reads: " I Love SparkPeople" <BR> and it is really true.... you all inspire me to keep doing the things I need to <BR> do to achieve my fitness... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:09:50 EST finding new ways to eat.... protein... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273060 I am not big on eating meat... I do like chicken and fish, and occasionally I will have ground beef in a meatloaf or taco... <BR> <BR> I am trying to learn to all the options available to me for my protein levels... it seems that is too low and my carbs too high. I appreciate the spark pages and the recipes, I am so glad I can learn as I go to get the most out of what I eat. <BR> <BR> With my efforts to increase my walking time and weight training, I also want to make sure I am supply... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:54:32 EST Happier .... Walking is a Gift.... no Sidetracks for 11 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259082 <em>311</em> <BR> Today was a bit chilly and I could hear the rain lightly falling. So I reminded myself I am prepared and will dress to still do my walk without letting the weather thwart my efforts. Every little victory is a Victory! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am on Day 11 of my walking STREAK and I am so happy that I am getting out the door and not letting the tyranny of the urgent get me sidetracked. Sidetracked... that is when we move out of the path, and watch others do what we... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:58:29 EST walking clears my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256420 It is a beautiful day outside, though still cool, but just so nice to get out and walk in it. <BR> I left later than usual because I was trying to figure out where I left my ipod as I wanted to listen to one of my favorite podcasts while I did my walk. <BR> <BR> Went out the door without it. This is Day 9 of consecutive walking for 30 minutes or more. Today I did a brisk 47 minutes. Each day when I get out there, I am conquering my inclination to stay at home and do other things, so I fee... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:18:08 EST Made it to Level 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230175 I know to many it may not seem like a big deal, but making it to the next level represents that I have committed to reading articles, people's blogs, exercising, tracking and being better at navigating this awesome website. I know I need to increase my exercise time and add points that way too. It is not enough to just read about everyone's progress but be a doer. So I am excited and feel that I am on track, and becoming a better and more fit me. I am happier because I have taken those ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:44:30 EST Onward to a new Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227494 Can't believe I am within 40 sparkpoints of reaching the next Level !!! <BR> Yay! <em>198</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:54:03 EST 11 min Seated Cardio work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227085 This morning I decided to try the Cardio work out with the video... I was so amazed at what I could do from a seated position... Not that I can't move about but I was curious. <BR> Well, it was a great warm up for the rest of my day and I will use it again to keep myself from becoming stiff during the day. <BR> <BR> I am enthused about this and want to share it. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:25:16 EST on the move most of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226196 Today being Sunday, I was on my feet and moving for about 5 hours straight... preparing the congregational dinner and serving and then cleaning up... it is definitely not the same as taking my fast walks or working out in the gym. I am anxious to get back to the work out routine of the week. I was so exhausted after the dinner I came home and crashed. <BR> <BR> And I didn't overeat at the church dinner. Usually I don't get to eat, there is always something happening, so I get a couple... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:13:04 EST encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694035 Hello out there- <BR> I am working at my healthy lifestyle and getting myself back on track. <BR> So two weeks ago I participated in a personal challenge-- to enter a 5K as a walker. <BR> My son entered as a runner of the 5K as a runner and it was his first ever in a running event. <BR> I thought, I should get out there and I was so encouraged by the whole experience. Here I was walking with about 800 other athletes -- of varying degrees of fitness- and it was exhilarating to be part of i... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:14:04 EST ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642797 I have hardly been tracking anything and the summer was busy and active but my efforts to record and track my progress went by the wayside. <BR> <BR> Well, this has to change! <BR> <BR> I have improved my eating habits and shopping - so I am not eating sweets (cookies) . <BR> <BR> I have walked throughout the summer but am anxious to get into my exercise routine with weight training again. <BR> <BR> The positive note is that I did attend dance class nearly every week and that burn... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:37:10 EST