NANHBH   158,316
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
NANHBH's Recent Blog Entries

Rewarding action - The Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston

Monday, October 08, 2012

I like to read "The Daily Motivator" by Ralph Marston. Today's post was just too good not to share, since it so pertains to our Spark journey...

"Rewarding action"

When you don’t feel like making the effort, that’s when making the effort will make the biggest difference for you. Instead of giving in to negative momentum, interrupt it.

The best way to feel like doing it, is to do it. Step beyond your negative feelings and reward yourself with some positive action.

Feeling sorry for yourself will just give you more reasons to feel sorry for yourself. Ignore the temptation for self pity and embrace the opportunities for immediate self improvement.

Read more:

(We're not supposed to reprint entire articles on our blogs, therefore, I posted the link so you can finish reading it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SNOWANGELDIVA 12/11/2012 6:35AM

    Great link!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOSTMOM1 10/29/2012 8:59AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MSANITAL 10/13/2012 4:04PM

    wow this was powerful I Truly liked this
Feeling sorry for yourself will just give you more reasons to feel sorry for yourself. Ignore the temptation for self pity and embrace the opportunities for immediate self improvement

Because I can get into some heavy duty pitty parties,
Thanks for posting this I also put his sight in my favorite places

Report Inappropriate Comment
BTRTHANEVA 10/11/2012 8:01AM

    *If you feel the need to make an excuse, see it as a very clear indication that something is wrong. Instead of offering excuses, take the opportunity to make improvements.*

Amen, Mr. Marston. I'm adding this site to my daily morning email - great way to start the day!

You ROCK, Nancy! TFS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETRIS 10/9/2012 8:05PM

    What a great read! I need to carry that around in my wallet! Thanks! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARINGR8LY 10/8/2012 10:32PM

    Just what I needed after a three hour commute and stressful day at work. I can and will make the effort to exercise for at least 15 minutes. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 10/8/2012 6:37PM

    Thank you for sharing. I LOVE this link! Definitely will bookmark it!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Messages from Heaven

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hello, Spark Friends!

I've gotten away from blogging, due to all the craziness at work with the library that I work at undergoing renovation for the next 18 months. My coworkers and I are "holed up" in a classroom together and we've been crazy-busy with construction "stuff."

A month ago, my dad landed in the hospital for 4 days due to dehydration (stop and drink some water, right now!), followed by a 3-week stint in a subacute care facility/nursing home to try to regain his strength. We pulled Dad out of the nursing home 3 weeks earlier than they wanted us to. He was so sad and despondent in there, I was afraid we were going to lose him. We feel he is getting more attention and better care at home with his personal caregiver and the visiting physical, occupational, and speech therapists. He's back to being a happy camper again!

Needless to say, I've gotten off track with my healthy eating, but I have kept up my exercise schedule -- mostly due to the fact that I enrolled in a strength training class and the teacher takes attendance! Plus, I love the class. I also joined a health club because the Fitness Center at the college that I work at is also undergoing a renovation for the next 18 months.

I read a blog earlier this week by Steve at Nerd Fitness. One of his statements really struck a chord with me --

"Put 90% of your effort towards healthy eating - an unhealthy diet can derail your momentum faster than a banana peel on Rainbow Road."

I've been off my healthy food plan for the past month. In addition to the work and family stress, there's been a lot of birthday and anniversary parties at work, and buffet dinners on weekends. I've been over-indulging, justifying that I will "burn off those extra calories." Well, guess what? My team weigh in's the last few weeks have been going up -- I think up 5 pounds at one point.

I'm so grateful for having read this blog. It has really helped me to check myself before putting food in my mouth. I just can't exercise enough to compensate for poor food choices.

It seems that when I’m supposed to learn a lesson, God, in His Almighty Wisdom, sends the message to me repeatedly so that I “get it.”

Here’s another “message from Heaven” that came to me this morning from SHERYLDS’s blog on Sept 20, “Push That Tush – Move Forward”. Sheryl posted some great photo sayings as well as her own words of wisdom. I’m going to chew on this instead of food today. Enjoy this wisdom from Sheryl...

"Good Nutrition not only feeds our also feeds our minds.
Eat junk and I feel like garbage.
Eat healthy and I think, feel, and look better."

I drew a line in the sand this week. I was down one pound for my weigh-in today. Baby steps. For today, I will honor and respect my body with healthy food choices. Today is all that I have.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHRIS3874 9/28/2012 10:52PM

    I am glad you took care of your Dad- I know mine was in a nursing home here before he passed away 3 years ago and it was a terrible depressing place to be in .

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEENY_BIKINI 9/28/2012 10:48PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETRIS 9/22/2012 7:01PM

    Great blog much to learn here. Life does happen...what's important is to get back into our "lifestyle" quickly before we forget Way to keep pushing forward! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARINGR8LY 9/22/2012 1:15PM

    Great quotes. I am with you let's get back on our game plan! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SNOWANGELDIVA 9/21/2012 8:10PM

    Today is all we have...I love that 90% biggest slide was when I listened to the advice that exercise would be the responsible route to concentrate on. I gained weight thinking that exercise would erase my poor decisions.
When you said, "get some water", I did.
I'm happy to hear your Dad is well on the mend and is feeling good again. That's a lot of work to care for a parent.

Awesome Tri pictures!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 9/21/2012 5:51PM

    Hoping your father recovers quickly. One pound at a time, no matter how long it takes. -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/21/2012 5:20PM

    So glad you're back on track! I agree with everything you've shared! Glad your Dad is doing better. Nursing homes are depressing places; even the good ones. Home care is a much better option; if it is an option. Keep moving and yes, keep making healthy food choices!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Poem from a soldier in Afghanistan (could also apply to our Spark journey)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

While this poem was written by a soldier in Afghanistan, these words could just as well be applied to our Spark journey. Enjoy...


I could have given up a long time ago,
The doors were always closed,
Storms are always on everywhere I go.

But I don't give up cuz I know,
Even if they say you just can't win,
Believe and you can go
Where you've never been.

And you can fly high with the strength of all your friends!!!!
If you dream, then you can do anything,
if you dream, you’re half way to destiny.

If you dream, dream the impossible,
If you dream, then dream the impossible!!!

Dream until it's real,
Don’t let them kill you!
Just keep the faith,
Don’t ever break.

Even if the road to glory seems long,
The fire inside me could win a marathon!!!
Dream the impossible!!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FUTUREHOPE49 1/24/2013 7:09PM

    What wonderful words! Wonderful soldier! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETRIS 9/21/2012 8:09AM

    So beautiful and from the heart....thanks...

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 9/20/2012 4:46PM

    Speechless here. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

You're in Vegas, Baby!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Harry & I are in Vegas for the Shaklee convention. We went to a restaurant in our hotel for dinner tonight. Harry asked the host before we were seated if they served cocktails. The host said, "Do you know where you are? You're in Vegas, Baby! You can walk down the street carrying a cocktail."

And so it goes. Everything you heard about Vegas is pretty much true. This is my first time here. I think they said it was 110* today. But it's a dry heat!
Here's some pictures I've taken so far...

These are the tokens for the airport shuttle. The driver wouldn't let me keep one for a souvenir, so I photographed them. They try to hook you early with this gambling stuff.

The view from our 22nd floor room of the MGM Grandis spectacular!

The lure of the slot machines got to Harry as we walked through the lobby of the hotel.

The Lazy River pool at the MGM. There's about 7 pools here.

Even the desserts have a gambling theme. Here is key lime dice! I did not eat this, in case you were wondering. I had Hagen Das ice cream. We're trying to eat healthy. We decided we're going to split meals, since we don't have a frig. We are walking like crazy. This place is huge. My feet are barking tonight! I'm going to swim laps in the morning.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IUHRYTR 8/23/2012 11:43PM

    It has been years since I was last in Las Vegas. A lot has changed but the city's and its casino's continue to brand themselves well (loved the green dice). -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEENY_BIKINI 8/23/2012 8:38PM

    Hope it was great!! It sounds like it was.


Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETRIS 8/10/2012 3:40PM

    Sounds like such fun the break away to something new! You will also come back all motivated for your business as well! Have you and Harry Checked out the wedding chapels?!?

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEEBEA 8/9/2012 10:20PM

    It's so true that Vegas is just like everyone says it is. I've also heard it referred to as Disney World for grownups, which seemed accurate. I love all the walking but had such a struggle deciding to give in and wear tennis shoes or try to be at least a little dressed up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LILLI56 8/9/2012 10:06PM

    I love the Lazy River Pool. I hear it is super super hot there. Have fun

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticonVegas Baby!!! emoticon

110? *Ouch* We're sitting at 68. I wore a jacket for my evening stroll. LOL...I'm not giving the temps to you. Sorry, Nan. It's not 'dry' it's wet, wet, wet.

I may move to the MGM with the lazy river. That is what drew me. Although if I heard the music and saw all those flashing lights, I'm sure that I'd be lured like Harry to the slots.

Enjoy your swim! (Great job on your dessert maintenance!!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSANITAL 8/9/2012 9:26PM

    Girl she is so right you can walk down the street with a drink in your hand. ...
one thing is if you go for a early morning stroll say 6am vegas time you will still see the late night parties walking around too.. I always get a kick out of that..

Enjoy your trip maybe next year we can have a MIH girls weekend.. LOL

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDDLEBY 8/9/2012 12:31PM

    Looks awesome! Have a great time! Thanks for the blog and great photos.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CROWLEY123 8/9/2012 9:00AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 8/9/2012 8:24AM

    Have a wonderful time! Love the pictures; thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOLFGMA 8/9/2012 7:08AM

    I'm sure it is mind boggling. Never been but have seen pictures from friends who have visited. Have a good and safe time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICKOK-HALEY 8/9/2012 2:14AM

    That's the high desert for you. Lots of heat lol. The Lazy River Pool looks so inviting. Are you going for a swim?

Report Inappropriate Comment

July accountability, August goal & anti-gravity treadmill

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Hello, my dear Spark Friends,

I have been MIA, but you have been on my mind and in my heart. I may not be checking in here daily, but I do think about all of you every day and hope that you are doing well.

So many things going on at work and with school that I just haven't had much computer time. In fact, I didn't have a computer at work for almost a week while my office was being moved. And, I'm training for my triathlon at the end of August, so any spare time is spent on the bike or in the pool. Most days, I come home exhausted and just go to bed without getting on the computer. I've been getting more sleep and usually making my 6-hour or more per night sleep goal!

A quick update on my July goal - I met my goal weight of 148 by the end of July! The fact that the library that I work at is in the process of moving, and I've been packing and lifting boxes for a couple of weeks certainly helped. My ultimate goal weight is 145, so I'm just 3 pounds away. The closer I get, the longer it takes to lose. So, for August, I'm going to aim for half of that weight - or 1.5 pounds. With my tri training, I may make it all the way to 145, but I don't want to be starving myself when I'm in training.

I've been doing well at my biking and swimming practices, but my orthopedic doctor said that training for the run will be bad for my knees. He said running on race day is OK, it's the training that will hurt me. So, I haven't been doing much running. I'm still in physical therapy for my knee. My physical therapist gave me the OK to participate in the triathlon.

A couple of weeks ago, the PT center that I go to got a new machine in - it's an anti-gravity treadmill. Totally cool - you wear these pants that are like a wet suit and then get zipped into a tent-like thing. Then they fill the tent with air and it lifts your body weight up while you run on the treadmill -- as much as 80% of your body weight can be taken off your legs. My therapist let me try the machine a couple of times at 65% of my body weight. My usual pace is about a 10 minute mile. On the anti-gravity machine, I can run an 8 minute mile - because there's very little stress or pressure on my knees.

Here's a photo - it's blury because I'm running so fast! Just kidding. The therapist didn't know how to use my cell camera.

See the "tent" around me. It is filled with air that holds me up. Talk about walking on air - that's what it's like.

I'm starting the cool-down here, so I'm at 75% of my body weight. The screen in front of me is a camera that is recording my run. Isn't technology amazing?

On Wednesday morning, I'm leaving for my Shaklee convention in Las Vegas. I'll be in workshops and meetings all day for the rest of the week, so probably won't be checking in. I may not be here daily, but I'm still thinking of you, my Spark Friends, and holding you in prayer as your journey to better health continues.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LEANNROCKS 9/20/2012 4:40AM

    Nancy, that is just so cool. FINALLY, a way that even I could run! It is like the Gravitron to do pullups!

LOVED your explanation about the blur. I needed the clarification!

Hugs to you my friend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IUHRYTR 8/23/2012 11:47PM

    What an intriguing invention. I know you'll meet your goal and finish your race. Won't that be a wonderful day to remember? -- Lou

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDDLEBY 8/7/2012 2:51PM

    I bet orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists wish they had more patients like you (ones they have to try to slow down a bit rather than get them moving!). That anti-gravity treadmill looks interesting. I am glad to hear you are nixing computer time for sleep time. Good luck with your training. Way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BTWCOACH 8/7/2012 10:33AM

    I'm glad you training and weight loss are going so well!!! Can't wait to read the blog about your tri!
I love the new machine! My running coach told us about that last month. He tried it out and said it felt so good to be running so fast with so little effort! I hope you get to use it often!!!
Have fun in LV!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETRIS 8/7/2012 10:28AM

    Hey Nancy...way to maintain your healthy living in the midst of mayhem!! You are doing fantastic girl!! That treadmill looks so great. I would love to try that one. Pleasant Prairie's bike portion is not too bad. There are a couple rolling hills. I remember riding past the Jelly Belly factory! It's very doable, but not completely flat. You will rock it! Have fun at the Shaklee convention. You will come back all motivated and ready for the school year to start. Enjoy!...Jane emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYINKY 8/7/2012 10:23AM

    You are doing great! Living life and making it work for you too! Computer time is not a high priority; taking care of yourself and enjoying life is! Love this catch up blog! I've lost friends here that I fear have just given up---sometimes because the computer time takes over. Balance in all things. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLWALDRO 8/7/2012 5:39AM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures and information on the anti-gravity treadmill. I had never seen one before. I wish you well as you train for your tri-athalon.
I am glad you are using the move to get more activity.
Be safe and have fun at the convention is Las Vegas emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 Last Page