WIZKEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIZKEY WIZKEY'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/ Do You Know Your Bra Size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747586 Wednesday was hubby's birthday. For his present, he decided to take me to Victoria's Secret to buy a new bra <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Once we got there, I tried on a bra in the size I THOUGHT I wore (the size on the tag of the bra I was currently wearing). It didn't fit right and I started getting very frustrated. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby reminded me that VS does free bra fittings. So I asked, and even though it was a little embarrasing, the salesgirl was very sweet and after ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:33 EST "Have You Lost Weight?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733126 We are visiting the in-laws in Oregon this week. Last night my mother-in-law asked "Have you lost weight? Because your booty looks smaller than it did the last time you <BR> were here." Thanks - I think. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Then last night, on Facebook, one of my "friends" saw a recent photo of me and asked, "Have you lost weight? You look good?" Seriously - what did I look like before? <BR> <BR> The truth is I've only lost a couple of pounds since January. I really think the l... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:41:47 EST The DASH Diet Health Plan Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719525 As you may know, I was recently diagnosed with venous insufficiency and put on a low-sodium diet. For some reason, at my doctor’s visit I wasn’t offered any resources and I didn’t think to ask for them. When I got home I was a little lost on how to implement low sodium or what it even meant, so I did an internet search. <BR> <BR> I found out that low-sodium refers to a daily diet of less than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. I also discovered that the National Institutes of Health help... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:22:30 EST Finishing the Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707211 So I won't have my final weigh in until tomorrow, but it looks like i will be finishing the Spring 5% Challenge 2 1/2% down. Mostly I am happy that the low sodium diet is working. Sat, 31 May 2014 01:49:01 EST Eating Out on a Low Sodium Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706458 I am not super low sodium. My doctor just wants me to stay under the 1500 mg maximum per day set by the American Heart Association. So I can have a little salt. But I am finding there are very few ready made things that I can eat. <BR> <BR> Of course, I've only been doing this a little over a week, so I'm still learning. Tonight, hubby wanted Chinese. I knew his favorite take out didn't have anything I could eat, so I made steamed brown rice with scallops and sauteed mushrooms and spina... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:41:17 EST Figuring Out Pain Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705608 I have had a really rough time sleeping the past couple nights, partially due to breathing problems and partially due to pain issues. <BR> <BR> The breathing issues are dependent on a lot of factors - today is much better!! But, I think I have figured out part of the pain issues. <BR> <BR> First, my hip has been hurting me. I figured out then when I prop my feet up at night (to relieve fluid build up in my ankles and feet), I have not been supporting my knees, which is in turn putting a l... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:03:52 EST Loving the 5% Challenge and My Casual Travellers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704603 I am a huge fan of the 5% Challenge. We are wrapping up the spring challenge and sign ups have begun for the summer challenge. If you would like to sign up, you can go here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63123 </link> <BR> <BR> I started the challenges 4 or 5 years ago. I spent a couple of seasons with the Teddy Bears (still good Sparkfriends). Then I heard a new team was starting and volunteered to help out any way I could. Imagine my surprise whe... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:05:38 EST Hubby in Denial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703584 Today I am a little frustrated with my hubby. Some history - both hubby and my mom are diet sabotagers. They encourage my healthy lifestyle as long as it doesn't interfere with what they want to do. But if we're out at the mall - we NEED to buy an ice cream. And if hubby wants a "cheat" night - he is mad if I don't want to do it with him. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought we were past that as he has been very encouraging with my exercise and took me to get compression stockings immediately aft... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:50:43 EST Low Sodium Diet at a Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702882 Last night hubby and I went to our monthly wine party. The food choices are never good. Usually I end up eating nothing and then hubby stops at Jack in the Box on the way home. I always stay in my calorie limits, but not really a healthy choice either. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I anticipated the same problem, especially since I am now low sodium. I scoped out the fast food menus in advance. Found out Wendy's had a few "not bad" choices. There were lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the part... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:23:22 EST Changing My Salt Intake Broke My Plateau!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702210 For the past 4 or 5 years I have had problems with swelling in my hands and feet - especially on hot days. Going back on my blood pressure meds last year brought the problem back under control - for awhile. <BR> <BR> Then, two weeks ago we had some unseasonably hot weather. My feet swelled so badly at work that I had to take off my shoes, then couldn't get them back on. Oops!! <BR> <BR> Went to see the doctor and she said I have venous insufficiency with peripheral edema. This means th... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:25:41 EST Some Cuteness for a Wednesday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684148 I know some of my Sparkfriends have been feeling stressed or down lately. Hoping these photos of our new grandbunny will cheer you up: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402001745.jpg"> <BR> Willow and bunny (no name yet) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305008470.jpg"> <BR> Kiff and bunny - can't tell if he's being loving or just hungry <em>211</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866520891.jpg"> <BR> Bunny sleeping ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:13:32 EST Our Mini Vacay - Some Gorgeous Views http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677518 Hubby and I just got back from an awesome and relaxing mini vacay at Lake Tahoe. While we were there we got in a lot of walking and stair climbing. I thought I would share some pictures of our gorgeous views!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830807950.jpg"> <BR> This was the view from our balcony!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2031076356.jpg"> <BR> View of the lake <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133252190.jpg"> ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:58 EST My Motivation for Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659389 Spring 5% Challenge is just around the corner. I did NOT do well in the Winter Challenge. To be honest, I probably gained at least 3 pounds during the challenge. I have learned that Utz Pub Mix is not my friend. I have also learned that standing with just my tiptoes on the edge of the scale is just lying to myself. <BR> <BR> My motivation for the Spring 5% Challenge is: <BR> <BR> I want to be healthier - need to keep my weight down because of health problems <BR> I want to look good in ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:58:23 EST It's my Birthday and I'll Cry if I Want To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643700 Warning: Pity party blog post ahead - read at your own risk!! <BR> <BR> So today's my birthday. My mom and dad remembered, bless their hearts. My mother-in-law remembered and of course, my friends on Facebook remembered. One friend even texted me and we chatted for awhile. All in all, you'd think I'd be in a good mood. <BR> But, hubby is sick and whiny and doesn't want to go anywhere or do anything (to be fair, he didn't want to make plans BEFORE he got sick). My son is away today, but... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:29:23 EST Analyzing Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628468 This week is Happiness Week in the 5% Challenge. We have been tasked with doing something (anything) that makes us happy - for 10 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> I know that some have struggled with finding their "happiness". A few have even told me they have nothing to be happy about. <BR> <BR> In a quick poll of those who know me in real life, it was determined that I am a very happy person. This is not to say I don't have my moments of fear, sadness, even the occasional sleepless night, b... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:28:20 EST My One Word for 2014: Self-Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590447 Last year my one word was "courage". I feel like I've come a long way in not being so fearful of everything. My word for this year is self-confidence because I need to learn to trust and respect myself more. <BR> Today I feel like I made a huge step. Over a year ago, a dear friend said something incredibly rude to me. I didn't know how to respond so basically just stopped talking to her all this time. Last week she reached out to me and we met today for coffee. I was confident enough in... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:41:23 EST Thankful for My Sparkfriends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552268 I posted this the last three years on Facebook and it resonated so well then I thought I would share it this year with my Sparkfriends as well!! - if you share, please give credit - Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! <BR> "We are all broken. None of us get through this life without some damage. But when we come together, we broken pieces make a beautiful mosaic. I thank God for you - my friends and family - for being part of my mosaic. Without you, I would not be whole." -Teressa Morris, Nov... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:41:04 EST She Don't Know She's Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544492 This blog post is dedicated to all my Sparkfriends who put too much focus on their physical imperfections. <BR> <BR> I posted a photo of myself on Sparkpeople the other day. <BR> <BR> And I got this comment: <BR> <BR> "You are a very pretty lady." <BR> <BR> Who? Me? Seriously? Maybe the photo was too small and she was looking at it without her glasses. Me pretty? <BR> <BR> Then I stopped myself. I am horrible about accepting compliments, especially in regards to my looks. I know I'... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:13:26 EST Tasty Kale Chips Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540178 I've been fooling around with making kale more appetizing and came up with this easy recipe: <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2013/11/tasty-kale<BR>-chips-recipe/ </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:34:12 EST ANew Job Brings New Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516299 Yesterday I found out that I am getting the salary I requested for the job I have been negotiating for. I have worked for this company for 4 + years as an independent contractor and the manager has finally figured out a way to hire me as accounting manager (30 hours a week with benefits). <BR> I love this company and this is a great job, so I am very happy. Also glad that I stood up for myself for the higher pay and it paid off. <BR> The problem is that the new job is 30 hours a week and I ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:53:12 EST Why My Weight Loss Stalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510043 Stuffing my Feelings- Especially when I have a bad day I just really want some comfort food and to veg out on the couch. <BR> - Solution: Don't keep comfort food in the house and take a walk before I let myself sit down and relax. <BR> Eating Too Much Salty Food: Not only is this bad for my blood pressure, but it also causes swelling and water retention. I don't add salt, but I do go for the pre-salted food, LOL <BR> - Solution: Don't keep salty food in the house (i.e. tortilla chips) a... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:12:53 EST Why I Want to Continue Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504544 I am within 5 pounds of a healthy BMI and my non-Spark friends and family have started commenting - "you're so skinny". "You'd better stop losing weight or you're going to waste away." Seriously? Not likely, LOL. <BR> Anyway, I want to continue to lose weight because I want to have a healthy BMI and a healthy heart. I want to have more stamina and go on hikes with my son. I want to look good in a swimsuit (one piece) and maybe even do some swimming!! <BR> Most of all I want to live a l... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 15:27:50 EST Summer 5% Challenge Recap - Never Give Up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493923 This was by far my worst challenge to date. I started the challenge down almost 2 pounds from the end of the spring challenge. I ended the summer challenge up .8 pound from the start. Still net down, but PLEASE!!! I survived a suicide attempt (not mine) on my front lawn, an extra day a week of work and increased symptoms of perimenopause (ugh). <BR> So, I did not do very well, did not exercise as much, did not track my food very well. But I did get up every day and get on Sparkpeople and... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:19:04 EST Being Brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490746 Wednesday was rough for me. My boss has been working on getting me hired on with benefits (I'm an independent contractor right now). On Wednesday he told me he got approval and told me the salary. It was $3000 a year less than what I make now for 10 hours more per week of work. I told him I needed a day to think about it, then after work I went home and fell apart. <BR> My husband helped me write a respectful letter explaining why I was worth more, but I knew I couldn't just hand my bos... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 01:27:57 EST Humbled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468247 This has been a rollercoaster week. On the one hand, my paycheck Friday will be the largest I have ever received, and I should have a permanent job with benefits by the end of September. On the other hand, the car my husband's parents are letting us drive needed a lot of maintenance work which we could not afford. So they gave us the money to pay for it. I ran the numbers yesterday and we were good to scrape by until the end of the week. <BR> This morning the mechanic called and said it ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:56:37 EST Nice NSV from Hubby Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464519 So I was getting dressed for work today and the top I usually wear with my hot pink pants was nowhere to be found. I pulled out a sleeveless turtleneck that is a little tight and put it on. Went out to the kitchen and asked hubby - does this look ok? <BR> He said, "you'd better change the top." <BR> So I changed to a different shirt and went back out to the kitchen. "That's better," he said. <BR> "Just to clarify," I said, "Why did you tell me to change my shirt?" <BR> "That look was way ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:51:33 EST A Little Off Topic, But Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455559 So, this is a little off-topic, but my friend, MRSBETH99 makes some absolutely yummy soaps, with all natural ingredients from the Appalachian Mountains, and she is giving some away on my blog: <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2013/08/appalachia<BR>n-heritage-soaps-and-sundries-review-a<BR>nd-giveaway-ends-830/ </link> <BR> Stop by and say hi and you will make both of our days!! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:02:32 EST More Son Drama - But He is a Trooper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451966 So this last week has been super stressful for my son. On Monday night his girlfriend went a little nuts and ran away. He found her and while he was trying to calm her down she punched him in the eye and nose. He has quite a shiner. He finally got her home and her mom gave her a sedative and took her to the ER. They had to wait in the ER overnight and once the dr finally saw her he just said she was overstressed and released her. <BR> My son did not see her for more than 24 hours, which ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:38:50 EST Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448256 So on my "other" blog today I posted a recipe I concocted for peanut butter protein pancakes with berry topping. <BR> Check it out: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940491832.jpg"> <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2013/08/peanut-but<BR>ter-protein-pancakes-with-berry-toppin<BR>g-recipe/ </link> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:29:50 EST A Review of My New Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446675 So now that I've had my new scale for a few weeks - I am absolutely in love with it!! If you'd like to see my full review, you can read it here: <link>teressamorris.com/2013/08/ozeri-weig<BR>htmaster-digital-bathroom-scale-review/ </link> <BR> If you don't want to read the full review, it's the Weightmaster Digital Scale by Ozeri and it is AWESOME!!! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:16:52 EST My New Scale - Always Read the Instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423275 So my new digital scale arrived yesterday. I was so excited!! My old scale would only read to the nearest half pound. This one reads to the nearest tenth plus it has an antibacterial deck so I don't have to worry about getting athlete's foot from the other members of my family (ewww!!) <BR> I took the scale out of the box, put in the batteries, threw the instructions to the side (I mean it's a scale, who needs instructions, right?), set it on a flat surface, and turned it on. I had just we... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:10:45 EST Summer 5% Challenge Countdown Assignment #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422546 What do you want to change? <BR> <BR> I want to add more strength training back into my routine. <BR> I want to add more fruits and vegetables to my daily meals. <BR> I want to try more recipes. <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? <BR> <BR> I want to be look good in a swimsuit (not a bikini, just a regular swimsuit). <BR> <BR> How do you want to feel? <BR> <BR> I want to feel proud of myself for what I have accomplished. <BR> <BR> What things will you be able to do in the future with a s... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:19:03 EST Spring into Summer 5% Challenge Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415760 This was the most successful challenge I've had so far. I didn't lose my 5%, but I did lose 6 pounds - 1.5 pounds shy of 5%. Here's some other things I accomplished: <BR> Cardio at least two days a week - every week (usually more). <BR> Yoga every Sunday <BR> Tracking nutrition almost every day <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to the next 5% Challenge to work on getting better at some of these habits and starting some new ones!! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:23:52 EST Things Are Looking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380402 So for those who have been asking (and thank you :-) <BR> My son made a doctor's appointment and kept it (this last Tuesday). He got a couple of new prescriptions to help him with his sleep and anxiety. Just walking out of the doctor's office you could tell that a giant weight had lifted off his shoulders. <BR> Yesterday he said he slept a little better but the great news was that he got up on his own two hours before we normally have to wake him up. <BR> Today it looks like he slept even b... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:44:14 EST Difficult Couple of Days But I'm Hanging In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371039 So Sunday afternoon, while my husband and I were at a friend's house, son (age 18) posted on Facebook that he was killing himself, then turned off his phone. We raced home and he was fine, not attempting anything, but super angry and cursing up a storm. Girlfriend came over and calmed him down, and we were able to talk to him and convince him to get to the doctor this week (or else.) <BR> Hubby is leaving for a month for school very shortly and I cannot go through the emotional drama alone.... Wed, 29 May 2013 02:06:41 EST Strange Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367684 I've been tracking my food every day for the past week and it felt really good!! I went slightly over a couple of days, but it really made me think about what I was eating and I lost a pound and a half!! <BR> Anyway, last night I dreamed about food, which I usually never do. It was all sweets - chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches and Krispy Kreme donuts. Then I opened my refrigerator and it was stocked full of food - mostly healthy and I wasn't eating in my dream, but still. I didn't go to... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:20:49 EST The Spark Solution Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361337 I decided to buy the Spark Solution book because I saw a post on Sparkpeople that offered a few incentives for buying early. I also received two Coach Nicole DVDs and 3 months free membership in Spark Coach. <BR> The other reason I bought the book was because I had been stuck at roughly the same weight for over a year. I'd go 2 or 3 pounds up, then back down, a half a pound at a time, but really nothing was budging. I knew I was not making enough of a commitment. <BR> At the end of my fir... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:44:04 EST Salad Bar At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358034 As part of our quest for a healthier lifestyle, Art and I have been trying to eat more salads. When he got back from his trip to Oregon, Art complained that grocery store salad bars are way more expensive in California. We have very different tastes in veggies (Art is way more picky) so making a big tossed salad is out of the question. <BR> <BR> After trying the salad "kits", we realized we could put our own salads together for less money and that way we would both get exactly what we want... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:36:10 EST My Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338396 Lately I have had plenty of motivation to maintain the weight I've lost so far, but not a lot of motivation to keep going in the process. I guess I've gotten a little too comfortable at this weight; been at this destination a little too long. It's starting to feel like home. I need to remind myself that my ultimate destination is so much prettier and healthier than where I am now. <BR> So here are some motivational quotes I found to keep me going. <BR> When I get up in the morning: <BR> ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:47:28 EST Ripples and Aftershocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322873 So after my Very Bad Night, I was a little fragile yesterday. Hubby talked me into taking an anti-anxiety pill in the afternoon, which helped. Then I took a two hour nap, followed by a walk with hubby. Had a good night's sleep last night and feeling more myself today. <BR> Throughout yesterday, though, I found myself reacting more strongly than usual to every little problem. Youngest wants to move back home. I told him we could discuss later today, but all day yesterday hubby and I were... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:19:41 EST Very Bad Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321900 This is very personal, but I am lucky that none of my relatives are on Spark, so I know they won't see this. <BR> Last night started out okay. I was very tired after a full work week (10 hours more than normal) and the stress of hubby not being able to make up his mind about life decisions. I crashed out pretty fast once I went to bed. <BR> Hubby woke me up at 1 am asking for the bank login. I asked him why and he said our youngest (who moved out in a huff 6 weeks ago) had called from Hawa... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:39:38 EST Pink Pants and Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296771 Had two major NSVs (Non Scale Victories) today: <BR> First, I wore a pair of pink skinny jeans to work in a size 8 and people said I looked cute and nobody looked at me like "why did you stuff your middle aged body into those?" Even my family said I looked good!! <BR> Second, I made it all the way through a yoga DVD that I had given up on last year because I could never make it through more than 7 minutes of it. 40 minutes of yoga with only one modified pose!! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:44:53 EST Pink Pants and Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296770 Had two major NSVs (Non Scale Victories) today: <BR> First, I wore a pair of pink skinny jeans to work in a size 8 and people said I looked cute and nobody looked at me like "why did you stuff your middle aged body into those?" Even my family said I looked good!! <BR> Second, I made it all the way through a yoga DVD that I had given up on last year because I could never make it through more than 7 minutes of it. 40 minutes of yoga with only one modified pose!! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:44:53 EST Comfortable in My Own Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165916636.jpg"> <BR> This is me, circa 1975. This is the picture of me I probably hate the most in this world. Love the outfit, mind you. Handmade by a friend of the family. But everything else from my hair to my teeth to my glasses is just ugh!!! I don't think I was even very happy with my look back then because that's not my normal happy smile. <BR> Read more... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2013/03/comfortabl<BR>e-in-my-... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:50:22 EST What I Learned From Being Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285487 Thank God for last week's blogging challenge!! I set my new habit as exercising every morning, so I was already well under way with that. Then, when I got sick, the new challenge was intentional stretching. So I switched to all yoga and stretching for my morning exercise and I was able to do it all the way through my illness. It was awesome!! I can't get my heart rate up when I'm sick, but the stretching felt so good and it was nice to feel like I could still contribute to my future good... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:09:39 EST Anything Else About This Week's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279489 Well, I got off to a really good start, but then yesterday I got laid out with a cold. I was able to do the 10 minute video 6 out of the 7 days and I could have walked 5 of the 7 if not for this cold. Will be starting over from scratch, stamina-wise, thanks to my asthma, but I am planning on sticking with this new habit because it works very well for me!! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:27:15 EST What Motivation or Advice Do I Need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277569 Need some great 10 minute exercise ideas. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:45:36 EST What Can I Improve on For My New Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276412 I can choose videos that are challenging, not just ones I am familiar with. I can also go a little bit farther on each walk. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:35:21 EST How Am I Doing Day to Day with My New Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274474 I am very happy with the change in my morning schedule. I did a pilates video right after my devotions and now I am stretched out, feeling good and not stressing that I might not get any exercise today. I already have some walking planned for this afternoon, but if it falls through I can still feel good that I did my pilates this morning. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:21:37 EST What Am I Doing to Encourage Myself and Stay on Track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273616 Got in the walk with hubby (I actually had to encourage him today!!) but did not get in the video. I think I need to start doing the videos as soon as I get up (after my devotions). That way, I don't have the excuse of being too tired, too busy or whatever. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:36:50 EST