YOGATIME's SparkPeople Blog YOGATIME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yep, it's true I'M BACK! Hi everyone! I am BACK! I let life get in the way and forgot to prioritize myself into the picture! I think that is easily done when you are a Mom, Dad,workaholic, free spirit, in other words everyone. I got some good things accomplished: <BR> 1. Job promotion <BR> 2. Children graduated from College and moved <BR> 3. Got my lifelong goal of becoming a Yoga 200RYT Certified teacher <BR> 4. Some really awesome vacations taken where we hiked to the point of loosing my toenails! <BR> Now tha... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 18:48:36 EST A New Year! As I sit before my computer, I am truly struck with the irony of the cliché about time flying! It does......year after year. New years always give me a sense of urgency. Always filled with resolutions, goals and personal demands. Because I am a very analytical person I have always started my new year with lists of things to accomplish. But, they lost meaning because they were just lists. This year I am going to approach it very differently. I am going to make lists of intentions. <BR... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:57:55 EST What's the Use? Ha! It is February already and I am finally looking at 2013! Where does the time fly? <BR> I want to discuss a conversation I had with a friend recently. We were out to eat at a Mexican resturant and catching up with each other's busy life. She has always been single(no kids) and I am finally an empty nester( 2 kids in college). We are both in our mid 50's. Ok that's all the background you need...... <BR> <BR> We started talking about our jobs. We both talked about looking for a chan... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:36:04 EST I Want My Body Back I want my body back, I REALLY do. I have been a Sparkler now for 1 year as a very passive participant. I have made great friends and learned some great ideas, exercises and recipes. But, having competed in sports before, I know that you are not a winner until you Truly feel the desire to win. Last week as I was working out I actually screamed at the top of my lungs: I WANT MY BODY BACK! At least I was alone and no one thought I was crazy. But, I could feel a transition, a challenge, a sp... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:47:09 EST Let's take a look at the past year! Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary. What a year it has been for me. When I stumbled on this website, I was disgusted that I had let myself get 40 pounds overweight and have no will power to do anything about it. I was dedicated for 2 days and worked out until I had to crawl up and down stairs. Then I would do nothing for a week. Then, you guessed it, I would torture myself again to the point of pain..... ahh the cycle. And food? I would eat no carbs and rebound with weight gain. I ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 20:56:49 EST To BE or NOT to BE Choices. Did you ever think about all the choices you make (or choose not to make) in a single day? Most of us rely on past habits to make these choices for us. It would be exhausting to stop and think about every action before you take it. is the poor habits that have gotten us where we are!! <BR> I decided to be more of a participant in my daily choices and was astonished to see some of the autopilot choices I was making throughout the day. It's true, I have changed ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 22:46:29 EST Wahoo-500 miles Today I reached one of my goals! I set the goal to bike 500 miles this summer season. Thankfully here in Iowa we have had some beautiful warm fall weather. I am excited that I could reach this goal for many reasons and I will discuss some of those. I would also like to add that I learned a lot about myself during this goal. <BR> First, when I set this goal it was out of frustration. I was having a heck of a time recovering from a foot injury (Feb) from skiing. The doctor told me not to ... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:40:52 EST Breathe I am reading one of my favorite authors Thich Nhat Hanh's perspective on happiness. In yoga we strive to still our hearts and minds so we can be in the moment. In the book he talks about concentrating (not controlling) on our breath to shut out all the distraction and smiling within acknowledging our true desire to be happy. <BR> Today for some reason I woke up grumpy. This does not happen often to me, but when it does even the cat runs! I took a moment and concentrated on my breath. ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:00:49 EST Age Appropriate Age Appropriate--exactly what does that mean? And who judges what is age appropriate? <BR> Now I know at 50+ there are certain things that are best put on the shelf. And I think that I can judge those pretty well myself. But what is wrong with keeping a youthful zeal for life? If I want to say "cool" and "neat" I still will. They still mean the same thing to me that they always did! If I want to bike in the rain or garden with no gloves who does it harm? I still love the feel of the... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 00:02:03 EST "Just let your mind fall back" This is something my yoga instructor says when she wants us to stop thinking our way through a pose. In other words, go with the flow. Stop over thinking and over analyzing. Just be in the moment appreciating what your body can do. <BR> On a daily basis our minds are out of the gate when we wake up and still racing at night when we try to sleep. What a wonderful habit to develop to just take a mental break periodically throughout the day and be thankful for your quiet breath. <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:01:06 EST Balance Balance. I need balance. I have been feeling out of sorts lately and could not figure out why. Just a little crabby, maybe harder to concentrate, definitely unsettled. My exercise is going well. Plenty of biking, gardening and resistance training. My eating is back on track after a little "vacation" which did a bit of damage. What could it be? I forgot to make sure I was centered. I squeezed yoga out of my daily life and put it on the shelf for when I have extra time! Yipes, I did... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:57:57 EST Back from a "Sparkation" What is a Sparkation? It is a vacation from Spark. Is it wise----definitely NOT! I thought I could stop keeping track of everything I ate and just guess....I thought I could not monitor my exercise and just keep up the habit.....I thought I could stop reading and connecting with others about sparklife.....I thought I could do all this and still lose weight. What was I thinking??? HA! Well, lesson learned. I need these new habits and tools to continue to make wise daily choices. It is ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 01:41:08 EST Let's be real! I just got back from a fabulous vacation in Georgia and Florida. I went to visit my sister who is an unbelievable cook. She inherited my mother's gene. My mother was a Home Economics (that dates me since I don't think that exists anymore) teacher who could make leather taste mouth watering. From the moment you would enter her house until you left she would be offering food and highly insulted if you didn't eat it all! My sister has perfected the art of almost every dish you could think ... Mon, 23 May 2011 23:04:21 EST Beware the hidden traps! I must confess: I haven't been diligent lately about logging my food and counting my calories. Isn't it interesting when that happens how little snacks become more frequent and portion sizes creep higher! At first it was because we were on vacation. But, it continued when we got back home. Lately it has been because my job has increased its stress level. AAHHHH! I know better than this!!! <BR> So, here we go. Starting tomorrow it is back to tracking everything that goes in my mouth a... Mon, 9 May 2011 22:52:05 EST Food For Thought One of my many healthful goals has been to eat more nutritiously and explore more vegetables that I used to ignore. I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by how fun and delicious this goal has been. The recipes from Sparkpeople have been wonderful and all the comments after the recipes by those who have tried them are very helpful. I can't think of a recipe we have tried yet that we would not make again!! We have doubled the amount of vegetables that we eat at each meal and incor... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:08:47 EST The beauty of the Grand Canyon It is with sadness that we packed up yesterday and left the Grand Canyon area. It was quite an adventure since the day we left (Sat.) our destination of Flagstaff got a blizzard and connecting flights out of Phoenix were all cancelled and the interstate was closed. We stayed the night in Phoenix and flew out early the next morning. Now, I am in a panic because we are a day behind and will have to cut down on our plans! <BR> After giving myself a lecture about relaxing and enjoying instead ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:12:37 EST Great Expectations There is something magical about spring. You can feel it coming, smell its new life and get a feeling of great expectation. I find myself looking forward to planning and planting my gardens. Seeing the beauty of the flowers and tasting the nutritious organic vegetables. I become excited about biking on the trails and hearing the birds chatter and my favorite little fox running across the trail. Yes, spring is the reward of the long cold winter months. <BR> I think about the long "winte... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:20:18 EST Pick yourself up and start again I had my first true test last week. My daughter was home from college on spring break. That meant cooking all the foods she loves, eating out, late night ice cream runs, staying up too late and you guessed it weight gain. Now for the good news....before I would have berated myself and thrown in the towel. Thank goodness I have actually learned through Spark that it is bound to happen and you just acknowledge it and keep going. But, being the analytical person I am I had to study the whol... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:51:38 EST The lessons you learn along the way..... It 's official. I am a Sparkler! Yep, it has seeped into every part of my life. I find myself applying the same spark philosophies to the rest of my life. I think something at work will take me days to finish and now instead of feeling panic, I know that if I focus and apply the slow and steady wins the race attitude it gets done without the stress and worry. I have always been a push over at home with the kids and now I can more firmly say NO because I have learned saying NO in my spar... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:29:53 EST Joy One of my goals was to meditate 10 minutes a day. It has been an awakening experience in many ways. <BR> I decided to select a word a week and really meditate on what it means to me and where in my life it is or should be. This week's word was JOY. <BR> I want to share some of the things that I discovered: <BR> Joy is not a project or a vacation thing. JOY is endless everyday. <BR> Joy is all around us as a daily gift. Often I don't pause enough from my constant state of "busy" to even no... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 15:34:44 EST Excuses Excuses Isn't it amazing how when the going gets a bit tough the excuses start to fly? I am noticing whenever I have a tough day (feel a bit under the weather, challenging day at work or with the kids etc) the "I deserve a reward" thoughts start popping into my head. BUT let's examine what is considered a "reward"! I want to turn to chocolate or other sweets. Shouldn't a reward make you feel good??? I am now discovering that my old rewards leave me feeling sluggish and bloated. My challenge thi... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:23:04 EST A month down..... Well it has been a month so it is time to see where I am. I have lost between 8-10 lbs. I say between because one day it is YEAH and the next it is WHAT?? And I would like to ask why the doctor's office scales are always heavy?? Is it a conspiracy to make us feel bad?? I have really been paying attention to the food tracker and have really had some eye opening moments about some foods I considered not so bad....ha! Finding time for exercise is always a challenge. I decided February wil... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 20:35:00 EST