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"Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer."

A poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

"I choose...to live by choice, not by change. To make changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated. To be useful, not used. To excel, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others."~unknown

Below is a quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon -

"Fits of depression come over most of us.
Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down.
the strong are not always vigorous,
the wise not always ready,
the brave not always courageous,
and the joyous not always happy.
There may be here and there men of iron...
but surely the rust frets even these."


Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you,
Through every day, o'er all the way,
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you. -Civilla D. Martin

ALL THINGS ARE NEW!!! New Goals 2016

What do I want to accomplish? I want to lose 25 pounds.

When do I want to accomplish it? I want to accomplish this in 6 months so I want to reach my goal by June 2016.

How will I know I've accomplished it? I will wear two sizes smaller in jeans and dresses. BP will be much lower. Better muscles.

Is it realistic and challenging? It is realistic as it means losing 7# per month.
I will accomplish it with a healthy eating program and 30-60 minutes exercise each day, drinking 8 glasses water daily, sleeping 7-8 hours nightly.
One day off per 2 weeks for praise service..


Goals for 2013 ~ How tos


FROM I'm Choosing My Habits Before They Choose Me:

If you could just pick one or two (or seven) habits to create in the next few months � habits that will have the most impact on your life � what would they be? Think about that for a second. Here are a few that worked for me. Maybe they'll work for you.

1) Develop positive thinking.
I put this first because I think it�s the keystone habit that will help you form the other important habits. Sure, positive thinking by itself won�t lead to success, but it certainly goes a long way to motivate you to do the other things required. When I learned how to squash negative thoughts and think positive ones instead, I succeeded.

Focus on this habit first, and you�ll have a much easier time with any of the others. Start by becoming more aware of your negative self-talk � do a little tally sheet throughout the day, marking a tally each time you notice a negative thought. Soon you�ll recognize them, and you can squash them.

2) Exercise.
It makes you feel better about yourself, and more confident. That leads to better success with other positive changes. It reinforces the positive thinking habit � you need to think positive in order to sustain exercise. It relieves stress and gives you time to think � this leads to better mental well-being in your life overall. It helps with creativity. Don�t ask me to prove it, except to say that my best ideas and brainstorming sessions come from when I exercise.

3) Single-tasking.
A couple of powerful reasons:
You�ll be more effective with your tasks and get more done. It�s hard to achieve important things if you�re constantly switching tasks and distracted by other �urgent� things. Plus, you�ll be less stressed overall and (in my experience) happier throughout your day.

4) Focus on one goal.
Just as focusing on one task at a time is more effective, and focusing on one habit at a time is more effect, so is focusing on one goal at a time. While it might seem very difficult, focusing on one goal at a time is the most powerful way of achieving your goals. When you try to take on many goals at once, you�re spreading thin your focus and energy � the two critical components for achieving a goal.

What if you have 5 goals you want to achieve? Pick one to focus on first. Break it into a mini-goal you can accomplish this month, if it�s a longer-term goal. Pick an action you can do today. Keep doing this until the goal is accomplished � do an action every day, finish the mini-goal, pick the next mini-goal to work on. Then, when your One Goal is completed, focus on the next goal.
Some goals are ongoing ones � like blogging every day, or exercising every day. In those cases, turn them into habits � focus exclusively on turning the goal into a habit, until the habit is ingrained. Then focus on the next goal.

5) Eliminate the non-essential.
First, identify the essential � the things in your life that are most important to you, that you love the most. Then eliminate everything else. This simplifies things and leaves you with the space to focus on the essential. This process works with anything � with your life in general, with work projects and tasks, with emails and other communication. This will change your life because it will help you to simplify, to focus on what�s important, and to build the life you want.

6) Kindness.
Yes, kindness is a habit. And it can be cultivated. Focus on it every day for a month and you�ll see profound changes in your life. You�ll feel better about yourself as a person. You�ll see people react to you differently and treat you better, over the long run. It�s karma. How do you develop the kindness habit? First, make it a goal to do something kind for someone each day. At the beginning of the day, figure out what that kind act will be and then do it during the day. Second, each time you interact with someone, try to be kind, be friendly, be compassionate. Third, try to go beyond small kindnesses to larger acts of compassion, volunteering to help those in need and taking the initiative to relieve suffering.

7) Daily routine.
It�s so simple, but creating a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference in your life. The best routines, I�ve found, come at the start and end of the day � both your workday and your day in general. That means, develop a routine for when you awake, for when you first start working, for when you finish your workday, and for the end of your evening.
How will that change your life? It will help you get a great start to your day, and finish your day by preparing for the next day. It�ll help you firmly root the productive habits you want to firm in your everyday life. It�ll help you focus on what�s important, not just what comes up. It�ll help you make sure you get done all the things you really want to make sure gets done everyday. And that can mean a lot.

So, let's get busy!

�We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.� ~ John Dryden

Listen to Your Body

If you have arthritis or bursitis, you�ve probably noticed that exercise can actually help relieve your pain. But when is hip pain a sign that you should stop exercising or doing a certain activity? If your hip starts to hurt during a particular exercise and lingers for hours or days afterward, that�s a sign that your joint needs to rest, notes Humphrey. It�s normal to feel some soreness the day after exercising, but the pain shouldn�t persist or become worse. Also, if you experience a sharp or shooting pain, stop the activity immediately and talk to your doctor or physical therapist.

STATS 1-4-2009 STATS 1-26-2009 Stats 3/21/2013

Weight - 184.4# Weight - 181# W - 176.8#
Neck - 14.5" Neck - 14.5" Neck - 14.5
Bust - 40.5" Bust - 39" Bust - 39.5
Waist - 34" Waist - 33" Waist- 34
Hips - 43" Hips - 43" Hips - 43
Thigh - 24" Thigh - 24" Thigh-24
Calf - 14.5" Calf - 14.5 Calf - 13.5

ISAIAH 43:16A,18-19

"This is what the LORD says_
Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.

See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up,
Do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the desert
And streams in the wasteland."


Starting Weight - 5/8/2008 188.4#
Current Weight - 1/8/2010 178.8#

JAN ~ 176.6
FEB ~ 178.2
MAR ~ 179.8
APR ~ 179.2

Goal Weight - With God's help 150#
BMI 131 goal is to lower it.

Measurements 7/19/2008:
Sept 1, 2008 Total Body Loss 13.5 inches

Neck: 15" (loss 14.5) Measured Sept 1,2008
Chest: 37" (loss 35.5)
Bust:40 1/2"(loss 40)
Below Bust: 35.5" (loss 34,5)
Upper Arm: 13 1/2" (loss 13)
Waist: 35" (loss 33.5) "
Upper Stomach: 43" (loss 39.5)
Hips:45" (loss 42.5)
Thighs: 24 1/2" (loss 23.5)
Calf: 16 1/2" (loss 15.25)
Ankle: 9" (loss 8.25)

Drs. Record:

Cholesterol 4/07 (214)
12/07 (186)
4/21 (172)
6/25/10 (172)
1/17/11 (185)

Triglycerides-Goal (under 150) 4/07 (53)
12/07 (49)
4/21 (80)
6/25/10 (57)
1/17/11 (65)

HDL Goal-(over 40) 4/07 (60)
12/07 (53)
4/21 (48)
6/25/10 (57)

LDL Goal-(under 130)4/07 (144) 1
2/07 (124)
4/21 (108)
6/25/10 (104)

Chol/HDL ratio 4/07 (3.59)
12/07 (3.54)
4/21 (3.61)
6/25/10 (3.02)

Potassium Goal-3.6 -5.2
12/07 (4.0)
4/21 (4.0)

BP should be 140/90
bp 4/21 (128/70 GOOD!)
bp 6/10 (148/74 ~ Start(losinipril(no) fosinipril(no), losartin 50mg daily.
bp 1/17/11 (some counts higher -goal under 140/90
UP ON LOSARTIN TO 100mg daily
bp 2/2013 (129/70)

GOAL: Reduce meds...the Lord willing. Clean Garage. Bible Study Exercise Plan.

(1)Multi Vitamin,(4) Lipotropic Adjunct(B6,Folic Acid, B12, Calcium, D

Member Since: 11/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 49,667

My Goals:

S= specific
M= measurable
A= attainable
R= realistic
T= timely

2007 ~ November 30
Start Weight 188.4

A goal to lose 35 pounds. Health goals include lower my bp and firm up losing my tummy, tighten my thighs. I plan to consistently stick to this plan:


DEC 29 ~ 181

DEC ~ 176.8

JAN ~176.6
FEB ~178.2
MAY~ 178.4
JUL~ 181.8
SEP~ 183.2
OCT~ 181.0
NOV~ 180.6
DEC~ 184.2

JAN~ 186
FEB~ 185.4

My Program:
5-8 Veggies & Fruits
FOCUS: 8-10 Waters
FOCUS: Walks & Stretching
FOCUS:7-8 Hrs Sleep
FOCUS: Journal & Read Bible
FOCUS: Time for me...hobby, music, read, visit a friend.

Personal Information:
I am a born again Christian! Focusing on a life lived for Jesus.

I live in the NW and am quite comfortable with the rain!!

Grandmother of 8 wonderful grandchildren of which are 23 through 11.

I am retired and keep busier than I need to be. Keeping my goals under control is a goal.

I love music of almost all kinds and especially Christian worship music.

Other Information:
The very acts of living are the things that transform a house into a true home. As we go through the course of our days - waking, working, eating, doing homework, creating, praying,seeking God's will - we are decorating our surroundings with memories - gradually, inescapably, creating our home. -Thomas Kinkade.

"Lord Jesus, I trust you to transform me into a beautiful butterfly" ...transformation is what life is about.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" .

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  • v SWEDE_SU
    thank you for stopping by my blog - we are on the island of molokai, these were taken on the west end of the island. i see you have a photo from sweden - where was it taken?
    23 days ago
    Thank you for your very sweet comments on my blog ......."Be Unstoppable!" ... . I appreciate you taking the time to read .... Nice to see you are resuming activities in the pool! .... emoticon
    78 days ago
    Thank you for the pedometer to encourage me in my exercise, Elaine! (((hugs)))
    96 days ago
  • v LINDA!

    “If you keep on eating unhealthy food than no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.”

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    97 days ago
    Elaine, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! REfuse is one word I hadn't thought of, but it fits. One of my "mantras" is "don't even start" that comes in handy when there's food and treats in the teacher's break room. How are you doing? I've kinda been MIA on Spark but am back on the Firecracker team for the Winter challenge. The accountability helps!

    103 days ago
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