WARMSPRINGDAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WARMSPRINGDAY WARMSPRINGDAY'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/ I Refuse to Give Up on Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766041 Struggling! <BR> <BR> But still on track with at least 10 minutes per day of exercise 6 days per week. The last two days I was feeling so tired and discouraged, that my exercise consisted of 10 minutes of stretching. But my back and my hips needed it and it kept me moving. <BR> <BR> My eating has been slipping. I really need to do a 3 day refined foods fast. Even my focus for that seems lacking. <BR> <BR> My struggle is not just on my healthy living journey - it's just a struggle about lif... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:05:03 EST Checking In With an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1794098064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life has been very busy. <BR> <BR> My Dad had cataract surgery, so making sure all was covered there with caregiving, Doctor appointments, eye drops, etc. was a very busy and stressful time for me. But all seems to have fallen into place and all going well. Caregiving on weekends and planning for caregiving during the week, continue there, occupying a great deal of not only time, but mental energy. <BR> <BR> My... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:55:31 EST July Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751224 I met my fitness goals for July of at least 10 minutes per day exercise 6 days per week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300837334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This garnered me 699 fitness minutes for the month of July. <BR> <BR> Chris Downing, founder of SP, says the exercise magic kicks in at about 3 - 6 months. I can't say the magic has kicked in yet, but I'm still forming habit, still operating out of willpower over what I want to do. I'm waiting for the magic to kick ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:57:50 EST 1600 Miles on My Virtual Walk Across America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748362 > Baby steps > <BR> <BR> > Choices I can live with for a lifetime > <BR> <BR> > I have a choice > <BR> <BR> > I have never regretted a healthy choice > <BR> <BR> **1600 miles since April 1, 2010 ~ in Walnut, KS <BR> <BR> **I am the tortoise, but moving forward is better than not moving at all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109759792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436800079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Photos from <link>exercise... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:03:46 EST Small Incentives as Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745213 Have I said I struggle with rewards? Yeah. That. Still. <BR> <BR> Well, SP offers some rewards, and I do find it a pleasure to find this in my inbox <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1919871114.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That is <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339931860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I'm also happy to be getting back on this streak <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1761159185.jpg"> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:26 EST On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743667 I have not been able to realistically continue to post a blog daily on a long term basis. I needed to do that during my 15 day streaks to keep myself accountable and motivated. But I'm working on some other things, too, and my time is limited. So I am just reporting in to say that I am 100% on track with my exercise plan for July of at minimum 10 minutes per day. It was tough to form the habit, but it's getting there. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280463959.jp... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:56:00 EST Sustainable Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736244 I came across this post this evening by Diane Carbonell who has lost 158 pounds and kept it off for 16 years. It echoes my thoughts, my goals, my philosophy. <BR> <BR> I've said many times at the beginning of this journey: "changes I can live with for a lifetime." It's why I set a 10 fitness minutes per day goal to get back on track - because it's doable. When you have 100+ pounds to lose, doable is good; because, this is a marathon, not a sprint. <BR> <BR> Thanks, self. I needed that remi... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:40:12 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735584 So . . . the scale says I gained 9 pounds since last week's weigh in. Wha-a-a-a? I'm being faced with the temptation of giving up and eating whatever I please or restricting to an incredibly low caloric intake. <BR> <BR> I know, I know! None of these are adult or reasonable, but really!? <BR> <BR> That's my emotional rant. <BR> <em>225</em> <em>39</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Fact: <BR> *There is no way in the world this can be fat gain. That's 31,500 calories. There is NO WAY that... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:23:04 EST Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733147 In balance to my June 1 blog about how I gained 20+ pounds, I'm working on a blog about how I'm working to arrest that downward spiral into the dark abyss to turn it around into an upward spiral. I expected to share it with you today, but I am finding it taking a great deal of concentration to write and much more painful than I expected. Maybe I'm not quite ready - or maybe it will end up being a journal entry instead of a blog. <BR> <BR> So, instead, I'm just here to say how much I'm enjoyi... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:28:35 EST One Healthy Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732425 I argued with myself about my walk this morning - again! But I've set a goal of 10 minutes of exercise per day in July - I have a schedule made out . . . and . . . I was able to tell myself "You can rest tomorrow." <BR> <BR> Here's to goals, commitments and rest days! <BR> <BR> So, I made one healthy choice and took a walk, did some hills, got my heart rate elevated, cooled down and stretched afterwards. Ultimately, that one healthy choice has some pretty far reaching benefits <BR> <BR> * ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:12:02 EST Round 3 - Last Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732041 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:26:55 EST Round 3 Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731230 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:33:57 EST Round 3 Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730832 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 19:51:01 EST Round 3 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730056 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 19:26:36 EST Round 3 Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729260 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:07:15 EST Round 3 Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727738 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:40:53 EST Round 3 Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726653 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:09:14 EST Round 3 Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725871 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:10:54 EST Round 3 Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725200 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - sick <BR> ~ Day 6: 31 mi... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:09:19 EST Round 3 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724422 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> ~ Rest Day <BR> ~ Day 5: Goal not met - unless you count hanging ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:03:28 EST Round 3 Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722620 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> ~ Day 4: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> <BR> The map I showed yesterday was SP's fitness maps. <BR> <B... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:30:09 EST Round 3 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722006 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> ~ Day 3: 28 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching <BR> <BR> I am taking a vacation day today and Monday. So I was able to get my walk in first thing this mor... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:00:35 EST Round 3 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721626 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 2: 25 minutes fitness class <BR> <BR> I overate this evening. No, that's an understatement. I binged this evening. On cookies. This hasn't happened since I did my sugar fast in April. Why ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:52:51 EST Round 3 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720918 ^^ Round 3 of 15 day goal of at least 10 fitness minutes per day ^^ <BR> ^^ 1 rest day per week ^^ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859011469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806791230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1308322214.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:50:09 EST Round 2 Day 15 - Last Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720120 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:42:49 EST Round 2 Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719344 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:55:42 EST Round 2 Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718052 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:35:33 EST Round 2 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717430 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:37:58 EST Round 2 Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716735 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:11:20 EST Round 2 Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716014 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strength... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:07:19 EST Round 2 Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715215 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met <BR> ~ Day 8: 10 minutes strengt... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:34:13 EST Round 2, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714346 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> ~ Day 7: Goal not met - it's a long story and full of ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:22:11 EST Round 2 Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712938 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> ~ Day 6: 24 minute walk <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day at my Dad's - shopping, fo... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:54:12 EST Round 2 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712333 Round 2 = another 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~ Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~ Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~ Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> ~ Day 4: 20 minutes strength training / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes hoeing-mulching <BR> ~ Day 5: 10 minute walk on break at work / 20 minutes hoeing garden <BR> <BR> When I started exercising again 21 days ago after my 5 month hiatus, I was r... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:19:12 EST In Retrospect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711560 So . . . if you read my blog several days ago outlining how it happened that I gained 20 pounds after 3 years of maintaining a 50 pound loss, I promised that I would post some ideas of what I could have done differently to minimize the damage. <BR> <BR> Planning! Planning is key on this journey, and I failed to plan. Here are some things I might have done. <BR> <BR> FOOD <em>341</em> <BR> * Prepare breakfast sandwiches and freeze them for run and go, either on whole wheat English muffins... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:06:48 EST Round 2 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710746 Round 2 - 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> ~Day 3: 33 minutes Zumba <BR> <BR> I was hungry as a bear today - ate the same breakfast, morning snack and lunch as I had yesterday, and was NOT hungry yesterday. I was also very tired physically and emotionally today. All tied together, I presume. But I conquered the beast, relied on an e... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:54:18 EST Round 2 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709982 Round 2 - 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> ~Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> ~Day 2: 30 minutes strength training <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Disappointed the scale has not shown a loss. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Discouraged with the ground I've lost. <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> Trying to forgive myself for allowing myself to get into this situation. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Sparked by the words of a spark ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:53:24 EST Stamina, Strength and Speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709085 Discouraging how much stamina, strength and speed one loses in 5 months of inattentiveness. Feels like I'm starting from square 1. Discouraged but determined. Only one way to go: forward <BR> <BR> Round 2 - 15 days of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 27 minute walk / 5 minutes stretching / 30 minutes spading, planting flowers <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1422432033.jpg"> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:29:27 EST How I Gained 20+ Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708245 Ouch! This is painful! <BR> <BR> I've started this blog several times and it just seemed too painful, too personal. But if I don't face it - own it - I'll not learn from my mistakes. <BR> <BR> I maintained a 50 pound loss for 3 years - through grief, stress, pain and the incorrigible year 2013, the year to remember! <BR> <BR> But when my husband had his second knee replacement 8 months after the first one - on the same knee - with complications that turned our world upside down, coupled w... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:25:41 EST Day 15 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707585 Day 15 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sansone / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes pla... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:02:45 EST Day 14 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707055 Day 14 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sansone / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes planting gard... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:24:33 EST Day 13 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706291 Day 13 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sansone / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes pla... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:17:03 EST Day 12 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705476 Day 12 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sansone / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes pla... Wed, 28 May 2014 19:51:16 EST Day 11 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704701 Day 11 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sansone / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes pla... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:30:10 EST Day 10 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703553 Day 10 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sanson / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 10: 60 minutes plan... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:16:38 EST Day 9 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702866 Day 9 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> Day 9: 15 minutes Walk at Home w/ Leslie Sanson / 5 minutes stretching <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 25 May 2014 14:44:33 EST Day 8 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702207 Day 8 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> Day 8: 120 minutes planting garden <BR> <BR> It took me close to 3 hours, but I figured I had about an hour of little breaks, micro-planning... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:20:18 EST Day 7 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701501 Day 7 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> Day 7: 10 minute walk on my lunch break / 5 minutes stretching <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367962276.jpg"> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:55:57 EST Day 6 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700992 Day 6 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> Day 6: 20 minutes stretching <BR> <BR> My intent for today was a 30 minute strength training session in fitness class at my workplace. But when I got there, I was the only one there. So I asked if we could do some stretching. I have been having... Thu, 22 May 2014 19:36:32 EST Day 5 Mini Goal Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700212 Day 5 of a 15 day streak for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> <BR> Day 1: 15 minute walk <BR> Day 2: 10 minutes elliptical <BR> Day 3: 25 minute walk <BR> Day 4: 35 minute walk in hike-type terrain <BR> Day 5: 30 minutes Zumba <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269329751.jpg"> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:21:24 EST