WVAWACKADOO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WVAWACKADOO WVAWACKADOO'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/ Here I am...3 weeks later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985969 HELLO SPARK FRIENDS...my last blog on Aug. 5 was the day before I went on a road trip to a wedding & to visit family & friends in West Virginia. I have been "on call" since Aug. 12th to help a dear friend/neighbor through her double mastectomy & reconstruction. She is a single mom & this is her second round with breast cancer. I have been focusing more on her & her twin girls than I have on myself. I finally got to the store this past week & got some decent & healthy food. My friend was in th... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:50:14 EST Busy week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972823 I did not realize that I had fallen behind in my blogs...but here I am...a week later. I had a busy week & unfortunately it involved 4 meals at restaurants...but I did pretty good & made healthy food choices. My husband & I went to Michigan for a short visit to see my daughter, Jan-Marie & she really helped us stay on the straight & narrow. I am going on a road trip tomorrow & probably won't be able to blog, as I don't think that I am able to do it on my phone, but I will be tracking my food ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 21:55:13 EST Down 10... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967977 I know that most programs do not encourage people to weigh themselves daily, but for me, it helps to keep me on the straight & narrow. I am down a total of 10 lbs. as of today. Sorry to say...I had gained almost 12 lbs. more that what I started at 248 in Dec. 2011...I don't want to get all caught up in the numbers, but sometimes doing the math...works for me. I have a meeting today at 1:00 & we are taking our neighbors out for dinner this eve. Both will be a challenge, but I am up for it...I'... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:50:17 EST Monday, Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967409 Missed a few days of blogging but stayed on course...Sat. was a challenge...I drove to Columbus for a quick visit with my sister & my niece at a conference. I did not eat much of a breakfast because I was not sure what the lunch scene would be. I did drink a lot of water all day. We were given a box lunch at the conference, which had a container of fruit, a salad, a turkey wrap, a bag of chips & a fruit bar...I did not eat the chips & only ate the ingredients of the wrap. I drove back home to... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:11:38 EST Getting Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired AGAIN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966100 I just finished reading my last blog...almost 3 months ago...back in April...I have no solid excuses...I am just here to say that I am back...I had FOURTEEN mos. to lose some serious weight before my daughter, Jan-Marie got married. It did not happen. I had nearly 8 months before my dear husband, Henry took me on an Amazing Race to Europe...to lose some serious weight...didn't happen. I DID go to Germany, Switzerland, Paris, England & Ireland. We had a wonderful time, but Henry pretty much ha... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:54:02 EST Back again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918186 My last blog was Dec. 17, 2014, so I guess that you could say...I am OFF the wagon. Fortunately my wonderful daughter, Jan-Marie, helps me keep that wagon in sight, due to her commitment to SP & her steady progress. I now weigh 6 lbs. more than I did, when I joined SP, back in Dec. 2011. I find myself weighing in every day & every day, making promises to myself that I better "get serious." This past week, I visited with my daughter, JM. She & her husband bought & moved into their new house ea... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:01:27 EST It is really Wed. now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834539 Yesterday's blog was after midnight, so I guess that it was posted as today...oh well. I slept well last night & the scale smiled at me...two lbs. lost...every little bit helps to keep me motivated. I am doing OK today, but I have to tell you. It is after 5 P.M. & I am still in my nightgown (I have a bra on...that way I feel like I just have a very long T-shirt on ) ANYway...I weighed in, tracked my food, made healthy food choices, but did not exercise...that always seems to be the last thing... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:13:04 EST Started out strong... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834185 I said started...Yesterday, Monday was not a great day...I DID walk for almost 30 min. & I DID weigh in & I DID drink lots of water, but I didn't do as well tracking... breakfast & lunch was good & dinner was pretty healthy. I get together with two girlfriends every Mon. eve. & it was my night to bring the snacks...I sort of went overboard...took a veggie tray, a fruit tray, chips & dip, cookies & meatballs. I had a little bit of each & felt guilty, because I had already had a chicken wrap at... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:26:45 EST I Got Nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833103 My last blog was Sept. 29th...not proud of that...it's just a fact. It has been almost 3 months since I checked in. My daughter was engaged for almost 14 months & I had PLENTY of time to get my act together & to lose a substantial amt. of weight ...not sure what that number is. The make-up & hair people worked absolute MIRACLES & I received many compliments that I looked wonderful, "stunning" & beautiful. Jan-Marie got married on Nov. 15th...she was an OMG gorgeous bride...the entire day was ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:03:49 EST Darn near 4 weeks later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788987 I am so out of sorts...I have not been binging, etc. I just have not been making my SP check in a serious priority...Hope to do better...weighed in this morning, tracked my food & now here I am. My daughter, Jan-Marie gets married in about 8 weeks. We have two Bridal Showers under our belt & now I just need to tighten my belt & hunker down to get through the wedding (Seriously, how many of us, full size girls/women wear belts???) ANYway, I didn't fall off the wagon...I am running along side i... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:30:38 EST Starting the Countdown... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770052 My daughter, Jan-Marie is getting married in Nov. but starts a new job in Michigan on Sept. 8th & will be moving there this Friday. I haven't checked in much this week. I was out of town Mon. - Wed. last week, helping JM look for a house to rent & did not get any exercise or tracking done...It showed on the scale...had almost a 3 lb. gain. I made many foolish choices this past week, eating junk, but today I managed to track, weigh & blog. I went to the store & bought a load of healthy food & ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:35:36 EST Sunday...my day of rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766174 Did not get my bike ride in this morning but did make it to church. Had a healthy breakfast & lunch...Going to a comedy club this eve. at 7:30 & I need to make it a point to eat healthy before I leave...I posted a quote on Facebook this morning that really spoke to me....WE CANNOT BECOME WHOM WE NEED TO BE, IF WE REMAIN TO BE WHAT WE ARE. That is SO on the money. Well, that is about all for now. Take care & enjoy YOUR day of rest... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:52:01 EST Delayed post... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764894 I forgot to blog yesterday but I did get some exercise in...8.2 miles on my bike. I was bummed by my scale, but literally MOVED on with my day...If it ever stops raining today, I'll head out for a ride. I'll try & ck. in again soon today. Take care <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:29:45 EST Still not back in the Groove on my bike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763686 Had a good day yesterday, tracking & blogging but no exercise. My husband & I are active members of the BFD Auxiliary. We go to fire scenes & support the firefighters with cold water & drinks, snacks & cold towels. We arrived at the scene at 7:30 P.M. & left at 1:30 A.M. It was hot & humid & worse for the firefighters. I drank about six bottles of water during the time that I was on-scene & never went to the bathroom. I lost two lbs since yesterday but I feel that it was mostly sweat. Either ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:16 EST Off my Game a little... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762921 Not sure why, but I slept well, but too late. I did not get a ride in yet but still hope to. The temps are rising & I have to take a neighbor to get some lab work done in the afternoon. My scale is still smiling at me & I tracked my "brunch" food. I just need to get off this darn laptop & get some things done...yuk, that hot weather, full of humidity is calling my name...Gotta go...Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:18:55 EST Survived another picnic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762165 Didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. My husband & I went to a picnic. I made it a point to eat a very large & healthy lunch before going. Once I got there, I bonded with my water bottle, turned into a social butterfly & "spurned" the dessert table. Fortunately there was a decent selection of healthy foods which made my choices easier. I was also happy that I was able to fit in a 5 mile ride before the picnic. I did not sleep well last night, but I did push myself this morning & finished a 1... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:41:50 EST Big Ten... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760865 Happy to have completed 10.2 miles on my bike, tracked my food & got almost 8 hrs. of sleep...I feel focused & excited to be moving in the right direction... a healthy & happy life. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:48:24 EST A busy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760507 Up early & off on my bike...rode 4.71 miles...cut my ride short because I wanted to eat a healthy "brunch" before heading to the Sr. Ctr. to play cards. They had the normal spread of goodies, but I stuck to veggies & fruit. I had some errands to run afterward & then headed to the Kroger to buy a ton of delicious, healthy food. I was exhausted for some reason when I got home. JM & I talked about wedding plans & I then spent some time, catching up on e-mail, etc. Hope that everyone is having a ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:16:59 EST Said Yes to the Dress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759843 Good news...Jan-Marie met me after work & we went shopping for a Mother of the Bride dress for me. We found a beautiful long, royal blue dress with a short jacket. It was my favorite & JM's too...that is one BIG thing off my list. Oh, I have to add...I had some Spanx on, which helped with my shape & body curves & trust me, there are plenty of them. I rode my bike 10 miles this morning, had a healthy "brunch" & tracked my food & exercise & now, here I am blogging... brag, brag, brag...That is ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:17:07 EST Back in Town... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759287 I was out of town Mon. Tues. & most of today...I drove back to Wheeling, W.Va. to be with my son, to celebrate his 36th Birthday. I had a great time with him & visited many friends & family. This was the first time I was on a "road trip" since I got back on the wagon with SP. It has always been difficult to not just party hard with all the wrong foods...no one watching...no one will know attitude. BUT I am happy to announce that I made it through the trip with flying colors... no binge eatin... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:23:53 EST Now that was interesting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756933 Got a late start this morning, riding my bike. As many of you have heard Oprah say..."These are SITTING shoes"...you know...the stiletto heels...the shoes LOOK pretty but you can't STAND in them very long...so she calls them SITTING shoes...I was at a garage sale back in June & I found a pair of yellow denim shorts. I looked at them & said...well, those are some Big A shorts...they will probably fit my Big A butt. I bought them & brought them home. Happy to tell you, they were way too big & I... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:11:19 EST On Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756601 Up early this morning & "piddled" around till almost 10:00. Not a good idea to get on my laptop & "piddle". It makes it too easy to put off any exercise. I've always felt that if I don't exercise first thing in the A.M. it doesn't get done...I always find excuses...I'm too busy, I'm too tired, I just ate...whatever. I just need to "git er done". I rode my bike 7.1 miles w/ my husband...he rides a little faster than me, but I usually do more mi. than him, so it works out. Didn't get a whole lo... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:40:19 EST One Hurdle at a Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755903 Rode my bike 3.78 miles...cut my ride short because I remembered that I needed to water my neighbors' flowers while she's on vacation (that should bring on the rain) I was budgeting my time, because I was going to play euchre at the Sr. Ctr. Once again they had a huge spread of food...many trigger foods for me. I made it a point to eat my lunch before I left...another positive thing that I did, was try & sit at a table when I could have my back...facing the food table, instead of sitting ther... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 17:58:26 EST 7 years ago today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755465 My dear Dad died on Aug. 7th, 2007...it was a very sad day for me & every year on the anniversary date, I try to do something that makes me happy, as I know that my Dad knows that I love & miss him, but he would want me to be happy & make someone else happy if possible. I drove to Indy (from Dayton) to have lunch with my niece & her 2 yr. son. He was a delight & I so enjoyed our visit. I felt a little shaky being out of town & knowing that I could eat anything & know one would know...My niece... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:39:18 EST Missed another day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754448 Yesterday was my daughter's 25th Birthday. I was delighted that she asked me to go with her while she played golf. I introduced her to the sport when she was a kid & I am thrilled that she enjoys it as much as I did at her age. I suffered a pinched nerve back in 2010 & have not played golf since then. I rode along in the golf cart & coached her on. We had a good time...the weather was great...we took some pictures & even made a funny video. It was just good to be together... We met my husband... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:57:27 EST A Day Late... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753019 Missed checking in Sat. & Sun...Up REALLY early on Sat. & off to Columbus, OH for a Ham Radio festival. I made it a point to eat a good breakfast & packed some fruit to snack on...the food at the festival left a lot to be desired in the healthy dept. Met my sister-in-law for lunch & made some great decisions for my meal. Unfortunately, my husband & I were invited to a S'more party that eve. Now there is nothing that I would rather do than sit out side in the eve. in August (mosquitoes galore)... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:22:26 EST Still on Track & Loving it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751266 HEY EVERYONE...Got up late...& was up twice to pee, so interrupted sleep just throws me off a bit. Even though I was running late, I decided to go ahead & ride my bike. I only rode 2.63 miles. I usually play euchre at 12 on Friday & I REALLY enjoy playing so I decided to cut my ride short. Glad that I did...I killed two birds with one stone by budgeting my time. Playing cards at the Sr. Center is actually hazardous to my health, in that they usually have a LARGE spread of unhealthy foods...ca... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:26:02 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750386 Didn't get enough sleep last night but did get up earlier than I wanted to, rode my bike 10.39 miles, had a bowl of fruit for breakfast & now I'm blogging...wow, I'm on a roll...My scale...still smiling. I know that most plans suggest that you only weigh yourself once a week, but daily weigh-ins seem to help keep me motivated. Take care, y'all & have a good week... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:46 EST Here Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749532 I just looked to see when my last entry was...July 6th...I started this journey at 248 lbs. back in Dec. 2011. When I got back from Myrtle Beach this past Sun. I stepped on my "frowny" scale & it blurted out...256 (in the eve.). I had been steadily putting my weight back on & a good ole vacation did additional damage. Not sure why, but I feel like something is kicking in...call it motivation...maybe ... JM's wedding less than 4 mos. away...could be...ANYway...Monday, I began weighing in & tra... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:33:09 EST Don't even know where to start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733421 I'm embarrassed to tell you, but I have been away so long, it took me quite a while to figure out how to enter a blog. My last blog was April 30th. I started out at 248 back in Dec. 2011 & as of July 4th, I weighed in at 252.4...Hellooooo...I am going the WRONG direction... not sure who I think I'm kidding. It seems like it was just yesterday that I said... let's see...my daughter, Jan-Marie is getting married in about a year...NOT the case...she is getting married in about FOUR months...not ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:09:05 EST Almost lost another month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684154 I just checked my last blog & it was on April 1st...what a FOOL I was to not continue blogging. I don't want to bore anyone with all the blessed details as to why I have been missing in action...more like just plain missing...I am running along side the wagon, but I am still hanging on & hanging in there with SP...I DID get up this A.M. showered & got dressed (no nightgown today) & I DID track my breakfast & lunch foods. It is beautiful outside & I wish that I could get out & ride my recumben... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:23:45 EST Breaking My Rules... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662165 Here it is past 10:30 P.M. & I decided to get on my laptop real quick...my rule is to be OFF the laptop by 9:00, to improve my chances of getting to sleep. I weighed in this morning, tracked my food all day & attempted two short walks. My back is a wee bit better. I would love to get on my 3-wheeled bike, but I really want to be more comfortable moving before I try that particular exercise. ANYway, I so appreciate all the love & supportive comments from my many SP friends. Take care... <BR> ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:37:31 EST Let Sunday be a Day of Rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659997 I am getting tired of resting, but I am still having some problems with my back...so I will continue to rest...but I am tracking & weighing. Thank Heavens it stopped snowing yesterday...Maybe Spring is right around the corner <em>41</em> Take care & rest my dear SP friends... <BR> <BR> JANEY Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:55:09 EST Home Alone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659630 HEY EVERYONE...haven't been blogging much, but I have been tracking my food & weighing in. I am still having trouble with my back & don't feel able to exercise. I'm being very careful, just walking around in my house...Husband & daughter are out of town but will be home tomorrow. Time to myself has been good, but I am looking forward to having them back home again....Don't have much else to say...working on my short term goals. Hope that all of you are having a great weekend, filled with love... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:29:41 EST Where Do I Start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656904 I am back AGAIN...Lord, I hate saying that...I started SP way back in Dec. 2011 & I lost 35 lbs. in about an 8 month period...felt better, looked better, was healthier...I have no REAL excuses that I am 2 lbs. short of my starting weight...makes me crazy. My dear daughter, Jan-Marie has been a faithful SP member & has lost very close to 100 lbs. I know that she is frustrated with me & her Dad. We have NOT been doing what we need to do to lose weight & get healthy. She sets a much better examp... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:13:53 EST Quick check-in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587260 Had 8 hrs. of sleep, tracked my food, had 10 glasses of water so far & did some walking (indoors at the Kroger) plus I always park in the very last, furthest away parking spot...it was a bit chilly, but I am always glad that I am ABLE to walk...I see people on walkers, with canes or even in wheelchairs. I have plenty to be thankful for. Had lunch with friends today...it was good to finally get out of the house. The temps were in the 20s so that was an improvement. Hope that all of you are hav... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:11:05 EST Shame on Meeeeeeeee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586284 I had to ck. & see when I last blogged & it will be one month tomorrow...not good, but it's the truth...I was heading for The Couch Potato Award & now I'm trying to regroup...When I'm not blogging, I'm usually not working the SP program...not using the tools available to me. My only plan is to start over...as painful as that sounds...you would think that I've learned how difficult it can be...Falling is easy...it's the getting up that is tough. I joined SparkPeople in Dec. 2011 & at one point... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:01:05 EST Couch Potato Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559901 I think that my rear end has permanently attached itself to the couch. I watched the Bengals-Colts game & some of the Steeler-Miami game & then caught the end of the Browns-Patriots game...I have been ignoring my closet...everything has now relocated to the dining room table, so I must get busy & FINISH my project. I made a decision to have my Hospice gang here on the 18th for a Christmas gathering, so I at least have additional motivation to get my act together. I am on course with my tracki... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:19:44 EST Getting back in the groove... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559398 Slept better, up early...attacked a closet & found all kinds of treasures...haha...I did track my food & my back teeth are floating from all the water I've had, did not get my exercise in...can't really blame it on the weather. My daughter, JM gave me a good CD for walking & of course there's always the great SP videos.. so no excuses. I have been a real couch potato today, watching football games... love it...I should have been a boy. My Dad had three daughters & no sons, but I was his "jock... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 22:20:46 EST Helloooooo, it is NOT still Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558723 Today was one of those days when I "gave myself" to a piece of pumpkin pie...it wasn't that I had ten pieces, but it was just that general "oh whatever" one little piece won't hurt...it could have & it was foolish to make such a poor decision. I did not get any exercise in today, but for the most part, I did pretty well with the rest of my food decisions. I did not sleep well last night & had a difficult time getting to sleep, but I am hoping for a better night. we got about 5 in. of snow tod... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:15:46 EST One Day at a Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557789 Tracking food? Ck, drinking water? Ck. exercising? Ck. & of course blogging? Ck. I went to bed last night about 11:00 but woke up feeling a little "sloshy." I know that that is not a word, but that is the best way to describe it...I "sloshed" my way through today, but so far, so good. When I went to Al-Anon a zillion years ago, we were always told & I told many that...You can do just about ANYthing for 24 hrs. & that is how I have decided to win this battle...one step at a time & one day at a... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:24:53 EST Should Not Quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557119 It makes starting over so much harder...Today is MY 2 yr. Anniversary & I am NOT proud to announce that I am only down THREE lousy lbs. I lost 35 lbs. between Dec. 4, 2011 & August 5, 2012 & was SO proud of myself & I felt so much better. I'm not even going to mention the stuff that I will say "interfered" with my focus, but it was not worth it. Quitting is easy, but starting all over again is down right painful. I fell OFF the wagon, yes...but I never Let Go...I am still here...& today, on m... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:35:17 EST Oh the weather outside is frightful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550168 But it is really cold when you ride your bike...& yes, ladies & gentlemen...I dragged my sorry butt off the couch & rode my recumbent bike 6.1 mi. today ...as soon as I figure out how to post pictures on here. I will let you see how lovely I look in my "gear." Still need to track my dinner meal yet...been drinking my water & made it a point to get some decent amt. of sleep last night. I do appreciate all the supportive comments that I have been reading today. Take care & have a good week... <... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:32:28 EST 5 Weeks, Missing in Action... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549450 My last blog was Oct. 17th...so yes, I have been MIA for too long...My dear daughter, Jan-Marie, has reached one of her many goals...100 lb. weight loss. I joined the Sparkpeople program one day after JM. Unfortunately I lost 35 lbs. in about 2 yrs. but I have gained 30 back...not proud...it is just the facts...I 've been struggling to get back my focus & have made lots of poor decisions to not use the many valuable tools that SP provides. I keep telling myself that every day is a new day & I... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:24:02 EST Home Alone Not Good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516280 My husband has been out of town since Tues. & I am "Home Alone." There is a good side & a bad side to that...It seems like when there is one other person in the house to "watch" me, I behave better...get the proper sleep, have meals at a normal time & exercise regularly. With Henry gone, I don't have as much structure in my schedule which can be dangerous for me. I feel like I am constantly "regrouping" & getting back on the SP Wagon...I haven't really fallen OFF the wagon, but I am running a... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:21:23 EST Excuses, excuses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511860 Here it is Sat. night & I have not ridden my bike or tracked my food...I had a busy schedule yesterday & today & just let things get in the way...I went to a bridal shower & overdosed on desserts. That was just plain foolish...I just had a "whatever" attitude & I need to jump-start a NEW attitude. I have gained a lot of my weight back. Last August I was down almost 35 lbs. Today, I'm only down about 13 lbs. I'm going to try & get back to walking with my neighbor AND riding my bike. Not sure w... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:50:34 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510045 Got some decent sleep last night & rode my bike 8.4 miles (stopped at a few garage sales & found some real treasures...haha) The weather is beautiful. I am really dreading winter & ugly days. I need to check out the exercise room at the Sr. Ctr. now, so that when those nasty days show up, I will just slip away to the center & keep on sparking. I feel bad sometimes, as I don't read enough of the other SP blogs. I'm just amazed by the number of people that read mine & constantly support me...Th... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:16:05 EST Tired but getting OUT there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508090 I got to bed way too late last night (2:30 A.M.) but at least I was able to sleep in till after 10:00. I was tempted to do the "couch potato" thing but instead walked 1.5 mi. with two of my neighbors & then rode my bike 6.45 mi. The weather was beautiful, cool & crisp but no real wind...I've tracked my food & am looking forward to a good day. Hope that all you Spark friends are having a good week. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:45:26 EST Out of the ditch & Back on the road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505270 I just realized that I never finished my blog & only wrote blah...that was a typo for sure...I had a good day yesterday. I had not ridden my bike since Mon. Sept. 23rd. I let "life get in the way." I only rode 3.4 miles...it felt good, but I didn't want to overdo it my first day back. I tracked my food, exercised & increased my water intake...I spent about 5 days in Valpo, IN & Chicago to spend some time with my sister during her surgery. I really got off track with my routine & eating habits... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 14:23:59 EST I'm Not in a Ditch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496310 When I was a teenager & was late making curfew, my Mom always used to say...I was so worried about you...I thought that you might be "in a ditch." That was her ultimate worry...that I was somewhere in a ditch. Well, it has been about 8 days since I last blogged & tracked my food & I feel like I'm IN a ditch...The numbers on the scale are climbing & I am inching my way back to an unhealthy weight. I have not ridden my bike for two days & I need to Climb OUT of this ditch. I keep doing the...I'... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:41:28 EST