POPSY190   46,196
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
POPSY190's Recent Blog Entries

BLC - a challenge of "Infinite Variety"- now registering!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Above is the link to registration for BL27. If you have ever been curious about this challenge this is the team to join. There you will find others who are uncertain, those who are returning after a break, and those who can't wait to get started!

BLC teams come in all sorts of themes and types, and with a variety of requirements. So if you are super competitive, there's a team for you; if time is limited, there's a team for you; if support is your greatest need, there's a team for you. For those nearing goal or at goal and wanting a group with similar aims and aspirations, the BLC caters for them as well with the Powerful Prism Panther Team. Each team has its own set of leaders who tailor challenges to their team's requirements - all within the overarching structure of the BLC.

Why not drop in and have a look, You Have Nothing To Lose But The Weight!! emoticon And you will get a great emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GOANNA2 12/21/2014 5:50AM

    Thanks for the link Penny. I feel I need to be answerable
to someone so will register too. I take this opportunity to
wish you and DH a very happy Christmas and hope that
2015 will be full of Health and Joy.
Will post my NZ photos one of these days. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GUBBINAL 12/20/2014 3:02PM

    Hello. I am registered. I had a lot of trouble picking out three teams. They all sounded great for me except for the one where you are near your goal weight. I am too far away for that team. In the end, I picked them really at random. I am very eager to have structure in my health plan.

Report Inappropriate Comment
4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/19/2014 1:08PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MICKEYH 12/19/2014 7:42AM

    Hi penny, I really needed this. Thank you for shring. How are you? emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/19/2014 7:43:02 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 12/19/2014 2:41AM

    emoticon I'm in already Penny hope to see you in the den!

Comment edited on: 12/19/2014 2:41:44 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 12/18/2014 9:43PM

    Thankyou for this.....
How Are you going????

Report Inappropriate Comment

BLC26 Expectations

Friday, September 19, 2014

Expectations for BL26

I expect to get back on track with diet and exercise. Even after a few days I am well on the way here. I expect the fitness streak to help with this.

I expect to meet new friends and continue contact with old ones. Again, this is happening already. We have a great and diverse group in the Panther Den.

I expect to find difficulty at times and am resolved not to be derailed. If it was always easy there'd be no challenge! We have visitors in the house which is a change of routine, but so far I am managing to keep my SP commitment to the fore.

I expect to have fun. No problem with this in the Panther Den!

I expect to enjoy Chatting to others on the Thread and sharing obstacles and how to overcome them.

I expect to be lighter in body and spirit at the end of Round 26!

I expect to learn new habits and to reinstate older, successful ones.

I expect that I will have to work hard to maintain momentum throughout the 12 weeks of the challenge.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BECOMEFEARLESS 9/23/2014 10:55PM

    You've got this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 9/22/2014 7:45AM

    Good for you Penny. You can do this!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYDANCER 9/21/2014 10:43AM

    emoticon So glad you are on the Panthers team!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHEBBA 9/20/2014 7:34PM

    Good Luck for the challenge, Penny!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FT4EVR 9/20/2014 12:23PM

    I expect that you will succeed!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RDEE22 9/20/2014 8:29AM

    emoticon A good plan of expectations emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 9/20/2014 8:23AM

    I also added a none eating Hobie grope for fun things to do

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROSINVN 9/20/2014 7:03AM

    great blog, and a good record to look back on after the twelve weeks

Report Inappropriate Comment
TORTISE110 9/20/2014 7:02AM

    Away you go. All the best for your challenge!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYJM4 9/20/2014 5:39AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 9/20/2014 3:05AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/20/2014 1:29AM

    Great expectations. It sounds like you're in the right den!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGRRL 9/19/2014 11:36PM

    Great expectations, and expectations are halfway to realization! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BREEZE70 9/19/2014 11:30PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 9/19/2014 10:56PM

    Woohoo...go you.....
Haven't seen you for a long time...
Trust all is well in your world

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 9/19/2014 10:54PM

    Good luck w/the challenge!

Report Inappropriate Comment

The Saving Grace : BiggestLoserChallenge 25

Friday, July 18, 2014

My third round of being with the Biggest Loser Challenge is coming to an end. This was round 25 so, very appropriately, had Silver as the theme. This blog is part of the final Weekend Challenge to reflect on my experience of the round. It can be summed up in a few words: Support, Participation and Fun in the face of stress and medical issues!

I started the round in bad shape as far as weight went after a long bout of over-indulgence on holiday!

Things went from bad to worse when my doctor persuaded me, for the third time, to wean myself off anti-anxiety medication!

So here I am, almost at the end of the round without having made my maintenance weight, with major mood fluctuations, not a lot of patience, and an inclination to tears!
Thanks to their support my weight is stabilising and might even be on the way down! Panther Chat is always stimulating, encouraging, sometimes very funny emoticon and above all accepting. It doesn’t matter if I’ve done only 10 minutes of exercise instead of 120 – they praise my participation and encourage more minutes next time! emoticon If I start to lose hope there is always someone to lift my spirits and to empathise with my difficulties.

Twice before I have tried, and failed, to end my dependence on the medications but as I write this I’m on Day 5 of no pill at all – not even a quarter tablet! – DH and I put together a weight bench from scratch, without divorce even being touted as an idea emoticon , and I have every confidence that This Time I Will Make It! Thank you, Panthers – I wish you’d been in my orbit the other two times!

Unfortunately, the boot camp image of the television Biggest Loser put me off joining for a long time. What a mistake! BLC Spark teams are tailored to individuals’ needs , no one shouts at you or humiliates you. Instead it’s support all the way - all that is asked of Panthers in return is PARTICIPATION. As a maintenance or near maintenance group we place less emphasis on inter-team competition but we rejoice in our achievements nevertheless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Our Panther team takes care to challenge members at their own individual level and capability and the challenges are fun!

Before joining I used to worry that I’d find tracking and posting points burdensome. Not so! In fact the posting is less arduous than on some other Challenge teams! Four times a week and on your own fixed template! Some time leeway, no on-line addition, and the ability to be excused if the unforeseen intervenes!

Of course, as with anything new, at first the weekly pattern can seem daunting and hard to grasp emoticon but that is soon overcome with seasoned members all too willing to help emoticon , and our own home web page to consult! In fact, for me that has become something like a favourite magazine – each week I go to it full of anticipation and keen to see the new entries! emoticon emoticon Then I often gallop across to Chat to exchange views on them with the other Panthers. We have become quite adept at picking favourite formats and sharing opinions on what is presented to us! emoticon

And most surprising of all - I’ve even moved from ST-phobe to Almost-but-not-quite-ST-phile! I’ve no doubt that by the end of BL26 I’ll be a ST-Fanatic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon

BLC26 Here I Come!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELGRRL 9/19/2014 3:45PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
FALLNTENN 8/3/2014 8:39AM

    Congratulations on all your achievements during the challenge.


Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYDANCER 7/23/2014 10:08AM

    emoticon As always, thoughtful & insightful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BECOMEFEARLESS 7/21/2014 11:34AM

    So glad you enjoyed the BLC challenge. Do you think you will join the next one?

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEMLADYONE 7/20/2014 10:15AM

    What a great blog Penny! You captured the essence of BLC truly.....it is nothing like the show as you say.

I have also found it to be a fun and supporting group and have enjoyed being a Panther with you!

Looking forward to BLC 26 as well.....

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/18/2014 11:21AM

    WOOHOO! I think you are doing splendidly. I agree that the BLC here isn't what is touted on TV. I am so glad you joined and found the support you need to live your life without unnecessary meds. That is a HUGE accomplishment.

Have fun during the break. Looking forward to round 26 too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TURTLETALK 7/18/2014 11:13AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CHEBBA 7/18/2014 10:49AM

    The thing that shouts at me from this is the 'human angle', because although we all see you as a tower of strength and hugely successful, you clearly still fight your own demons. How you deal with those and how you tell us about it, well, they resonate with everyone who reads your blog. No matter at what stage we are in the 'journey' (that word again! ), there are pitfalls, plateaus, intrusions and challenges which aim to throw us off course. Drifting sideways a little is OK, but it's the determination to come back on course which is the real success….. and, when an honest report like this is written, it resonates with us and encourages us to keep plugging away too.

Well done, Penny! Thank you!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 7/18/2014 10:41AM

    Me a emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUDGE4 7/18/2014 10:29AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYYB 7/18/2014 7:30AM

    Penny, I think you've captured the Panther vibe completely in this awesome blog! emoticon

One might wonder why people who are maintaining at goal weight or only have 5-10 pounds to lose would join a team called "Biggest Loser Challenge" especially if they have seen the television show.

As you've found, the fun and encouraging Challenges, the gentle support of friends from all corners of the earth, the continual sharing of ideas, recipes and fitness solutions, and even the virtual hugs when life goes wrong....well, there's just nothing else like it.

emoticon Great blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MLH148 7/18/2014 7:11AM

    Inspiring. Wishing you better days ahead.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROSINVN 7/18/2014 3:36AM

    Great Blog,

Penny you are such and inspiration to us all and the fact that you are in my corner of the world doesnt hurt either. You have inspired me and now i need to get my thinking cap on about my own blog. Not sure why I have such an aversion to blogging,

Anyway emoticon looking forward to seeing you in BLC26

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 7/18/2014 3:09AM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great weekend hun emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARTJAC 7/18/2014 12:47AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
NITTINNANA 7/18/2014 12:43AM

    Enjoyed hearing from you!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Stress Management for Women!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Stress Management for Women! This is absolutely wonderful!!!!

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully.. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!*

Today someone asked me if I liked you. I laughed, and I said, "Ha! That's funny!! I absolutely LOVE that woman!! She's funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she's reading this email right now & I love her!!"

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ "Oh Crap, She's up!"

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHERIRIDDELL 7/7/2014 11:58PM

    Loved it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLASSART43 6/13/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon emoticon
Just what I needed to read this morning!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MICKEYH 6/10/2014 12:55AM

    Great list. Thanks you for sharing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/9/2014 7:53PM

    What a wonderful blog. And a great reminder. Thanks. I also love the list and especially your last thought. Hope you are having a really fun day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FALLNTENN 6/8/2014 7:34AM

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARTJAC 6/8/2014 1:28AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 6/7/2014 10:32PM

    So true Stress kills

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSANELAINE1956 6/7/2014 1:38PM

    Great story with the glass of water and I enjoyed the list. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2014 1:12PM

    Yeah . . . that last one . . . that's ME all right! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDA7668 6/7/2014 9:03AM

    So true!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLJONES 6/7/2014 8:10AM

    I love #5!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SABLENESS 6/7/2014 7:43AM

    Love the list! Thanks for a Saturday smile. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GHOSTFLAMES 6/7/2014 5:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WDIPIM 6/7/2014 5:29AM

  These were good

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJOANNA 6/7/2014 5:16AM

  The last statement sounds like something from Joyce Meyer,

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISZTA11 6/7/2014 5:01AM

    I loved the story with the glass of water. Very true!
It is wonderful to drop all the nagging thoughts and worries, and leaving them be until the morning.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNMEINDERS 6/7/2014 4:54AM

    Thankyou my friend....
trust all is going well in your world....

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDLEAR 6/7/2014 4:44AM

    Thanks for these! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 6/7/2014 3:32AM

    wise blog emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reading Bingo

Monday, May 05, 2014

Just recently our local library blog carried an account of reading challenges the writer had undertaken. cclblog.wordpress.com/tag/reading-bi

One of them in particular caught my eye: reading bingo. I don’t know how I’ve missed this idea! But I like it and see it as a very good way of expanding my reading horizons. I tend to stick to an author I like, or a subject I need to know about. For instance, one area I feel lacking in my reading experience is travel writing; the blog mentioned a bingo square listing, “a book set on a different continent”, which sparked my interest. So I googled “reading bingo” and was immediately swamped with a myriad of hits (nearly 3 million results in about 0.36 of a second!).I did not peruse the lot! I easily found the 2014 Random House template, printed it off and started crossing out squares: it’s here if you want to look at it: www.retreatbyrandomhouse.ca/2014/01/

But as the library blogger points out in an earlier post, “The trouble with reading a lot is that it just makes you want to read more.” Very true! My “a book with a mystery “ was “The Twelve Clues of Christmas”, a light-hearted read by Rhys Bowen. After dancing my way through it, I looked behind the title page to find that it is about the 6th in the Her Royal Spyness series! What is more, there were 2 of the earlier titles on the library shelves. They are now beside my bed, and the travel book, and its bingo square, will have to wait! And once I've crossed out all the squares perhaps I'll try this one next?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MLDRLD 5/26/2014 8:13PM

    What a great idea! I agree this could be a good Kamp activity!

Report Inappropriate Comment
THREEWHALES 5/25/2014 4:50PM

    Penny this is a good idea for Kamp!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HERMIEME 5/6/2014 10:13PM

    Neato! You always have such informative blogs, Penny!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/6/2014 5:25PM

    Here's another Bingo:

But I love the one you have posted!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2014 5:36PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2ACAT 5/5/2014 4:00PM

    That is a really cool idea! Maybe it's something we could do as a challenge on the World of Books team next year.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MICKEYH 5/5/2014 10:07AM

    What an idea and discovery Penny!! Enjoy reading! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 5/5/2014 8:43AM

    The bingo card is fantastic. I agree that
Reading takes us to worlds unknown
and broadens our mind.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 5/5/2014 8:31AM

    Reading lets you use your imagination and covers so many subjects

Report Inappropriate Comment
NITTINNANA 5/5/2014 7:56AM

    Love the BINGO card! A parent could even design one for a youngster.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 5/5/2014 7:08AM

    What a cool idea - I'll check that out!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARTJAC 5/5/2014 5:07AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
FALLNTENN 5/5/2014 4:28AM

    I love to read. Today I am going to try to find Rhys Bowen at my library. Happy Reading!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 5/5/2014 4:12AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

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 Last Page