WENDYDANCER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WENDYDANCER WENDYDANCER'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/ 5% Spring Challenge Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657763 Exercise Goals: <BR> <BR> Workout at least 30 mins 5X per week. <BR> ST on Wed or Thurs. <BR> Stretching every day. <BR> <BR> Food Plan: <BR> Track Daily. <BR> Keep total calories under 1500 with negative CICO daily. <BR> Keep sodium under 2000 mg daily. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:57:18 EST October In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529220 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705966019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beginning of month weight: 125.6 <BR> End of month weight 124.9 <BR> Loss of .7 <BR> <BR> Average calories in: 1510 <BR> Average calories out: 192 <BR> Net: 1318 <BR> <BR> Average exercise minutes: 56 <BR> <BR> Goals for November: <BR> Weight 124.0 <BR> Calories in: 1400 <BR> Calories out: 200 <BR> Exercise ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:55:14 EST 3RD Quarter Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472398 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461385678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Recap of my average calories/exercise weight so far this year: <BR> <BR> Weight is beginning of month. I've lost 2.5 lbs since the 1st of March. What I did: added 30 mins of walking or biking every day. This is in addition to my normal workouts. This burns between 100-200 calories extra. I also lowered my daily calorie goal to 1300-1400 with my ultimate goal to have my net daily calories in/out at or below 1200. <... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:50:28 EST 2nd Quarter in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407132 I've been keeping a spreadsheet since March of my daily weight and my calories & exercise. Here's a recap: <BR> <BR> April- <BR> April average calories per day: 1559 <BR> April avg exercise calories burned: 134 <BR> Net 1425 <BR> <BR> April Starting weight 127.9 <BR> April ending weight 128.5 <BR> Increase/Decrease .6 <BR> <BR> May- <BR> May average calories per day: 1543 <BR> April avg exercise calories burned: 115 ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:54:34 EST Whey Protein Powder Reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396387 My first foray into protein powders I knew absolutely nothing except that whey protein is superior to soy protein. <BR> <BR> I bought 1st Step Pro-Wellness vanilla protein powder at my local Walgreens. It was a 14 oz container & cost was $15.49. The cost & size of the container were both factors that I considered. I didn't want to buy a gigantic tub of stuff that I hated. Another consideration was calories versus protein. It has 110 calories per serving and 15 gm protein. The taste was hard ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:03:22 EST NROLFW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387160 I've been meaning to write this blog for awhile but just don't seem to find the time. This is really written as a record/reminder for me & will be boring to anyone else. So feel free to move on! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> On April 16 I started a new to me strength training program based on the book "New Rules of Lifting For Women". It's set out in 6 or 7 stages. Stage I lasts approx 6 weeks & then you take a week off. <BR> <BR> Each stage has 2 workouts - A&B that you alternate doing 3 days... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:40:57 EST Thai Green Curry Pork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344200 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/recipe_d<BR>etails.asp?nutrition_id=28520164 </link> <BR> <BR> Another recipe review. This was great but once again I made quite a few changes. First, I used pork loin because I have a lot of pork loin & accidentally thawed it out instead of chicken. I substituted soy sauce for the fish sauce because I don't care for fish sauce. I couldn't find light coconut milk so I used less of the full version. I also added a few fresh green beans. <BR> <BR> I saute... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:53:33 EST Spicy Thai Chicken Recipe Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326254 <link>www.3fatchicks.com/diet-recipes/spic<BR>y-thai-chicken/ </link> <BR> <BR> This was very good!! I gave it 4 stars. I did make some substitutions- <BR> <BR> I left out the fish sauce & increased the soy sauce. I don't like fish sauce. <BR> I used Pam instead of the oil. <BR> I added fresh green beans. <BR> I used dried basil instead of fresh because that's what I had. I probably used a Tbl for 2 servings. It was very basily!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:14:24 EST Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246640 One of our challenges for this weekend on BLC21 is to review our plan. <BR> <BR> Review your plan this weekend. Are you reaching high enough? Do need to adjust your goals or set a new goal for yourself for this BLC? Remember to set attainable goals with achievable mini goals. Maybe begin a new ‘mini challenge’ with some teammates? <BR> Whatever you choose, AIM HIGH and SHOOT FOR THE STARS! <BR> <BR> My goal for BLC21 continues to be to lose 4 lbs. That means I need to lose 1 lb every thr... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:02:44 EST To The Panthers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236227 I am so honored to be a co-captain of this awesome team. I was very hesitant when asked last round for several reasons. <BR> <BR> 1-I knew that I would be away from home for a significant portion of this BLC challenge and this would require me to really be focused & schedule my time more than ever. <BR> <BR> 2-I take my commitment very seriously. And I want to do right by this team. I know that you all take your commitments seriously too & deserve nothing less than the best leaders. <BR>... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:04:16 EST To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225512 Hello there 16 year old Beverly! Here is what you should know- <BR> <BR> 1-Those cool kids are not cool. Most of them will die young from drugs and/or alcohol. Stay away from them! Your mother is right! <BR> <BR> 2-Pay more attention to your studies than to boys. The choices you make now will impact your life forever. <BR> <BR> 3-Wear sunscreen instead of slathering yourself with baby oil & iodine. <BR> <BR> 4-Diet coke, fritos & cigarettes is not lunch. <BR> <BR> 5-You are not fat. Quit... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:32:49 EST Holiday Break Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155315 Well, I have not done very well during BLC20. There it is! I have worked hard but not hard enough because I've actually gained weight! I have lots of excuses but I'm not going there. I'm going to lay out my plan to survive until BLC21 begins in mid January. <BR> <BR> 1-Continue to work out every day! No excuses. Minimum 30 mins & preferably 45+. <BR> 2-Continue logging my calorie intake daily. <BR> 3-Keep my calories under 1300 per day. This is where I've been failing. <BR> 4-Enjoy the holid... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:25:44 EST Planning for the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124204 It seems to me that the entire month of October has been "holiday" time. And I haven't done very well handling it. There was hubby's birthday where we went out to eat and then over to Mom's for cake & ice cream-which I ate. Then a couple of weeks later I had a 3 day weekend with my girlfriends & I ate like there was no tomorrow....wine, pizza, brownies, heavy breakfasts...you get the picture. Then my birthday rolled around. Lunch with DD. What did I eat? Cheese enchiladas! Then lunch with gir... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:08:23 EST BLC20 Halfway'ish Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113473 One of our tasks for last weekend challenge was to review our goals that we originally set & assess our progress or lack thereof. I didn't have time last weekend but I've thought about it & decided to write it this weekend. <BR> <BR> Very interesting to re-read my goals: <BR> <BR> So, here are my goals for BLC20: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. ST 2 days per week Monday/Thursday. On Mondays I will do this before I leave in the mornings. <BR> <BR> I totally forgot about the Monday ST committment. Alt... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:56:34 EST BLC20 Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060960 It's really funny that during SAC3 I had the idea to post a before & after picture of myself taken several years ago as my motivation for BLC20. This was my Aug 24 blog. Then a week later we were given the assignment on SAC3 to take a picture & write up goals for BLC20. So, that was my Sept 2 blog. Now, our first weekend challenge for BLC20 is blog our 12 week plan for success. Another assignment is to take a BLC20 "before" picture & post it to your blog or sparkpage. <BR> <BR> So....here I ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:33:26 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041351 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104691833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Goals for BLC20 which ends Dec 2012. <BR> <BR> Strength training 2x per week-Mondays & Thursdays <BR> Get my shoulder well. <BR> Get weight to 122 & maintain. <BR> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:48:01 EST August Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039977 On August 19 I decided that I was going to stop tracking my food & try to eat reasonably & feel hungry at least once a day. I have continued to exercise hard. My weight this morning was 124.8 so I think this strategy is working for me. I've dropped 2 lbs since Aug 19 which is essentially 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Now, I admit that sometimes I would mentally calculate my calories but I have avoided the mentality of having a limit of xxxx number of calories. I'm just not sure what I'll do for BLC20 w... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:19:45 EST BLC 20 Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029315 Here's my picture for my goal for BLC 20 which ends in December 2012. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96652002.jpg"> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:36:55 EST Changing My Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021752 Here we are 3 weeks into August. I haven't lost any weight. I track religiously. I exercise every day. Still no loss. <BR> <BR> BMR per SP 1488 <BR> Aug 1 weight 126.4, Aug 19 weight 126.8 <BR> <BR> Week 7/29-8/4: <BR> avg cals exercise 248 daily, avg cals eaten daily 1441, deficit 295 daily 2065 week <BR> <BR> Week 8/5-8/11: <BR> avg cals exercise 236, avg cals eaten 1388, deficit 336 daily, 2352 week <BR> <BR> Week 8/12-8/18: <BR> avg cals exercise 293, avg cals eaten 1354, deficit 42... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:57:57 EST July Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000608 I just read an article in a magazine. Lose 10 lbs Per Month. Here's the plan in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> Breakfast 300 calories <BR> Lunch 400 calories <BR> Dinner 500 calories <BR> 2 Snacks of 150 calories each <BR> <BR> total 1500 calories per day <BR> <BR> Add 30 mins of aerobic exercise 6 days per week. <BR> <BR> 1 day per week is a cheat day. No exercise & you can have 3 snacks on that one day. A snack can be 6 oz of wine. So, on your cheat day you can have 3 glasses of wine. <BR> <B... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 11:22:23 EST Not Losing Weight? DUH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101382226.jpg">I've been slogging around for months now. Lose 2 lbs, gain 3, lose 3, gain 2....back & forth with the same 2-3 lbs. And I've been whining about it....well it's time for a little truth... <BR> <BR> I'm snacking too much, a few pretzels here, a bite of cake, late night glasses of wine. Time to quit whining & own up to the fact that I'm not trying hard enough. If I really want to lose these last 5lbs I need to own my behavior & ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:13:41 EST My Health/Fitness Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711809 My journey began in 1986 at 31 yrs old. I've always been thin so weight was not a huge issue with me. But, I did not exercise or eat well. <BR> <BR> I went to the dr for my annual check up & the numbers were not so great. I had also gained about 15 lbs during just 2 years. At the time I was insulted by the way my dr. talked to me about my weight-thinking to myself that I am not overweight & who does he think he is! But, that was the impetus for me & my hubby (who was over 200 lbs at the time... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:28:27 EST Healthy Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649036 Some reminders for myself on snacking: <BR> <BR> Throw the Fritos away! <BR> <BR> Drink water first. Maybe you're just thirsty. <BR> <BR> Have apple slices instead of chips. <BR> <BR> Cheese & crackers are good, but limit this to low fat cheese & make a small plate. when the plate is empty the snack is over! <BR> <BR> Carrot sticks with hummus take awhile to eat & are very satisfying. ymmm <BR> <BR> A small handful of nuts. Again, stop after the one handful. <BR> <BR> Pretzel sticks. C... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:18:33 EST Healthy Alternatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646174 Here are some alternatives for party foods from a SP article: <BR> <BR> Reduce the fat in creamy dressings or dips by using low-fat or fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream or mayonnaise. <BR> <BR> Offer hummus as a low-fat spread for crackers and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Use non-stick cookware so you can cook with a minimum amount of oil or use a low-calorie vegetable spray. <BR> <BR> Use flavored vinegars or lemon juice to enhance the flavor of a salad without adding fat. Or fill a spra... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:07:36 EST 5 Things I'm thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600028 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977455560.jpg">1-My new flooring <BR> 2-My hubby of 31 yrs <BR> 3-My freedom <BR> 4-That I'm retired <BR> 5-My LSSK friends <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:48:16 EST Thankful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599058 5 things I am thankful for today: <BR> <BR> 1-my family <BR> 2-my health <BR> 3-BLC 17 <BR> 4-I got a great deal on a leather coat that I've been wanting <BR> 5-my great supportive HOT friends <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:38:13 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581933 I've had tendinitis in my left foot since early September. I went to the dr. & she had me restrict my activity for 6 weeks. I am in a boot & after 6 weeks she has told me to wear it for 3 more weeks. So, I haven't been really working out a lot although I have managed to do ST several days a week & ride my recumbent bike for 30-60 mins most days. I take the boot off to ride. <BR> <BR> But, since the end of October hubby & I have been doing some sprucing up around the house....painting, repla... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:27:42 EST Halloween Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559204 A Halloween Challenge! <BR> <BR> Frankenstein - <BR> One point per strength move (15 reps) this challenge. *Max 5 pts. per day <BR> <BR> Zombies - <BR> One point per night of 7 hours or more sleep...starts at 12:01 am Friday. <BR> <BR> Pumpkin - <BR> One point per day with 5 servings of fruits and veggies. One more point for every serving above 5. <BR> **Unlimited points <BR> <BR> Blood - <BR> Get the blood pumping! One point per 20 minutes of exercise. <BR> *Max. 10 pts. per day (which w... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 22:04:01 EST I'm a Community Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548988 I got "invited" to become a community team member awhile back when I was clicking through some of the Spark Steps. I didn't do it at the time but today I decided to do it. I hope that I can live up to the requirements! <BR> <BR> Here are the requirements: <BR> <BR> Remember, this commitment WILL help you reach your own goals! All we ask is that you make weekly posts to specific areas of the Message Boards. Here are the posts: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Start your own blog on your SparkPage a... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:23:56 EST GEMS Challenge 10/14-10/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535184 Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it's off to work we go! So, get your tools ready and whistle while you work... we will be digging for GEMS this weekend! <BR> <BR> Since it is fairy tale week here at the BLC, it is just fitting that we should go up against the Pixies this weekend! Now, even though they may have a little magic in their forest, I still think we can take 'em! <BR> <BR> Challenge Runs Friday - Monday <BR> <BR> Diamonds - earn 1 gem for each 15 reps Core ST exercise you complete! (no max ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:26:31 EST SLEEP Challenge-10/7-10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524169 SLEEP challenge… Pride vs. Pride! <BR> <BR> S: Sleep 7 hours a night – 5 points per day <BR> L: Lift--Strength training – 2 sets of 12 reps=5 points per day (all or nothing) <BR> E: Exercise – At least 30 minutes of cardio=5 points per day (all or nothing) <BR> E: Eat in range – 5 points per day <BR> P: Put yourself first. Take time for YOU. Schedule some down time to do something YOU want to do – At least 10 minutes of ME time=5 points per day (all or nothing) <BR> <BR> Max Challenge... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 12:35:31 EST BLC Weekend Challenge 9/30-10/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512207 Rock Around the Clock! <BR> <BR> 1 o’ clock – 1 hour of cardio (5 pts. Per day) <BR> This can include any type of intentional exercise that gets your heart pumping! Running, walking, biking, swimming, etc. <BR> <BR> 2 o’ clock – Plan 2 healthy meals in advance (5 pts. Per day) <BR> Break out the cook books and plan, plan, plan! It can be any meal for the upcoming week, or even this weekend. <BR> <BR> 3 o’ clock – 3 sets of 15, any type of strength training (5 pts. Per day) <BR> Mix i... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:55:05 EST BLC17 Weekend Challenge 9/23-9/26/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500092 Starting Friday morning, we are going to get factual about nutrition. Here is how it works: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie range (10 pt) <BR> 2. Eating 5 or more freggies (10 pt) <BR> 3. Getting 25-35 grams of fiber (10 pt) <BR> 4. Less than 2,300mg of sodium (10 pt) <BR> 5. 8+ glasses of water (10 pt) <BR> Get all 50 points in a single day, you automatically earn 10 BONUS POINTS, for a total of points. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Facts Bonus Points: <BR> <BR> Share 1 nutrition fact... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:04:25 EST DISCO FEVER CHALLENGE Sept 16-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488090 DISCO FEVER Challenge runs Friday through Monday, Sept 16-19 <BR> <BR> D Drink Your Water 70 oz - 10 pts F:(10 ) S: (10 ) S:(10 ) M:(10 ) <BR> I Intake Track ALL intake, every bite - 10 pts F:(10 ) S: (10 ) S:(10 ) M:(10 ) <BR> S Strength 70 strength exercise reps, any mix- 10 pts F:(10 ) S: ( ) S:(10 ) M:(0 ) <BR> C Cardio, 30 min - 10 pts F:(10 ) S: (0 ) S:(10 ) M:(10 ) <BR> O Overdrive, do a total of 70 min of fitness: cardio, strength, stretching (including above) 10 pts F:( ) S: ( ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:10:05 EST BLC17 Weekend Challenge 9/9-9/12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4475192 Sweat - 5 pts for each 15 minutes of cardio - 20 pt/per day max <BR> <BR> Munch your Freggies - 5 pts a day for 5 SERVINGS of FREGGIES, all or nothing. <BR> <BR> Organize - set goals, make menus for the week, make a healthy shopping list, organize a cabinet in your kitchen, etc - get ready for the challenge - 5 pts 1 project per day <BR> <BR> Rest - 5 pts for getting in 7 - 8 hours sleep <BR> <BR> Exercise - Strength training - 1 body area per day (upper, lower, abs) alternate. 5 pts ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:36:21 EST BLC17 Weekend Challenge 9/2-9/4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462705 This is the email I got & I'm pasting it here so I can track this weekend. <BR> <BR> B: Bite it, write it...Track every calorie consumed 5 points <BR> L: Lift it: Strength training (10 min/day) 5 points per 10 minutes, max 15 points/day <BR> C: Cardio (20 minutes/day) 5 points per 20 minutes, max 15 points/day <BR> 1: Leave a comment on 1 fellow BLC'ers page 5 points per comment, max 10 points/day <BR> 7: 7 cups of water a day 5 points <BR> <BR> Max points per day: 50 <BR> <BR> Track... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:44:39 EST BLC17 Here I Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456539 I am a member of a team called 10 lbs & under (or something like that). It's not a very active group except for the chat. There was an invite on there the other day from the BLC17 group for us to join the Prism Panthers team which is the team that is within 5 lbs of goal. I decided to do it! <BR> <BR> I am a little nervous about it because it seems to be pretty intense & lots of rules. And there is no way that a team made up of people who only need to lose 5 lbs or less is going to win the c... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:44:32 EST Cut Yourself Some Slack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376759 I've been something less than perfect in the past month or so. Gee what a surprise! But, I berate myself for not exercising every day & for letting my weight slip back up a couple of pounds and for eating that roll at lunch and for having that second glass of wine and and and..... <BR> <BR> Today I read the Healthy Fitness Horoscope on SP. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=886 </link> I think it was a link in one of the emails. Wow! What an eye opener for me. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:40:28 EST Need Some Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782780 We are going on a short camping trip (4 days) with about 10 other couples. There will be lots of dancing, walking, bike riding etc. But also lots of good food & good wine. I've got to figure out a way to be strong & hold down the food/wine intake. Any ideas out there? I have struggled for 5 months & lost about 4 lbs. It has been so hard. I don't want these 4 days to undo all my hard work! And then there's Thanksgiving coming up too. But that's just one day & I have control over the food. <BR>... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:18:51 EST Letting Go of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3627364 The daily challenge for today is to let go of your stress by talking about it, exercising it away, etc. I have chosen to write about it. I am feeling very stressed right now & somewhat guilty about letting things stress me out that others can handle easily. <BR> <BR> What's going on in my life- <BR> <BR> My best friend had major surgery about 4 weeks ago & she is not doing good at all. She isn't eating & still isn't able to get into & out of bed on her own. I have been spending a lot of tim... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 09:37:28 EST Has It Really Been 30 Years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613140 Hubby & I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary yesterday! Neither of us can believe how fast 30 years has gone by. It truly seems like yesterday...We had a wonderful dinner at a new restaurant & now the rest of the month we can focus on exercise & losing those pesky 5 lbs!! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 22:16:52 EST New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3592918 Here are my goals for September 2010- <BR> <BR> Lose 5 lbs by end of Sept. <BR> Have at least one day per week AF. <BR> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:02:42 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3468060 It has been a little over one month that I've been working out hard & tracking my food & eating less. I've only lost about 2 lbs. What gives with that? I'm getting really discouraged. We're going on vacation in a couple of weeks & I sure wanted the be down at least 5 lbs by then! <em>216</em> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:47:57 EST Here I am again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3352229 Oh dear. Two years later almost to the day and I'm trying to lose that 12 lbs again. I did lose it in 2008 but gained it all back. I am counting calories, doing aerobics, dancing & cutting back on alcohol! <em>198</em> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:51:41 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1269962 I am really motivated right now to lose weight. I need to lose 12 lbs. Well, 10 now because I did lose 2 lbs the first week. I am doing my step aerobic video 3x a week and paying myself $1 each day that I exercise for at least 30 mins. And I paid myself $1 for each lb. lost. I know that may sound crazy but it helps me stay motivated. When I have enough money in the jar, I'm going to get a manicure which isn't something I generally do. <em>204</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:18:09 EST