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cabin fever without the snow

Friday, January 20, 2012

WEEKEND CHALLENGE:
FRIDAY (JAN. 20) THROUGH MONDAY (JAN 23)

The BLC is in the midst of a WINTER WONDERLAND! When you get CABIN FEVER, do you find that all you want to do is EAT? Well, when we're suffering from the fever this weekend (Friday Jan. 20 through Monday Jan. 23) we will choose to EAT our way to a healthier habits!!

E - Exercise. Any and all intentional exercise counts. 10 pts for every 20 minutes. 30 pts max.
A - Add a new move. Use any resource, complete a set of a NEW to you strength exercise. 10 pts/10 pts max.
T - Track your nutrition. 10 pts for tracking ALL food. Additional 10 pts for being IN range.

BONUS: Who doesn't want to have a little FUN while snowed in to a Winter Wonderland? For every 30 points you score you can earn a bonus of 5 pts by hurling a snowball at one of the opposing teams!! (You can be as creative as you like when throwing the snowballs! A simple "SPLAT" will suffice, but some of you, i KNOW, will fancy it up...)

Fri: E( /30) A( /10) T( /20) Bonus ( /10) =
Sat: E( /30) A( /10) T( /20) Bonus ( /10) =
Sun: E( /30) A( /10) T( /20) Bonus ( /10) =
Mon: E( /30) A( /10) T( /20) Bonus ( /10) =
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KRZYKAT3 1/20/2012 11:21PM

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rawk the challenge Donna, I KNOW you wilL! I BELIEVE!

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SHANTODD420 1/20/2012 6:51PM

    Good luck and have a great weekend. I see why now you hit me with a snowball lol.

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I think I just ate my willpower

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Milling about yesterday thinking about the cheetos and cherry cream cake... I gave in. My excuse for buying them was the coupon price and how Henry deserved them. Knowing there was no way I wouldn't eat some. Yesterday I had read a great post about self image, visualization and using positive thinking for motivation. Lost 5 pounds last week and exercised everyday. Now I find myself trying to justify why I deserved this treat? Thinking portion control I grabbed one handful of cheetos, the love for food was rearing it's ugly head. I kept going back for a handful at a time till they were gone. Henry had some the night before and I gave some to the birds. Looking at the calories figuring I ate 2/3's of the bag its a whooping 1200 calories. Of course after dinner just one little sliver of the cake. WHAT? I knew I had already doubled my daily calories. About 8:00 I had pains in my stomach. Going to spare the details but in a nut shell I was in the restroom at 2:00 AM sicker then a dog. I thought I had the flu. When I got up this morning I feel 98% better. Could it be my body was rejecting all the fat, sugar, processed junk? Was it related to high blood sugar?

At times I really feel like I eat my willpower. I need to understand why I'd do something like that on a day I should be celebrating my weight loss instead of sabotaging my life. Getting a pedicure, buying a new shirt, planting some new flowers so many things I could have done instead of eating junk. This is a repeated behavior for me. During the BLC breaks for two weeks or a month I eat and gain weight. I hope having the Wii team I can stay focused. I do want to lose this weight and live a long healthy life. Funny how that sounds but when I look back it's a no brainer. Holding that thought and reaching for the tools to keep me moving in a positive way.

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 7/20/2010 11:12PM

    Hey, you had an "Ah Ha!" moment -- too bad it came after hours of "UGH!" But the exercise of writing out what you care about was good for you -- probably something all of us should do more often! You have been doing so well - I like that you post your monthly losses on your Spark page, 'cause sometimes when I look at someone's page, I wonder how recent their losses are (is he/she continuing to move toward health, or is that something that happened months ago & now they've hit a plateau or rut?)

Thought of you recently when I took a pretty cool sunset photo -- see my blog about Benefits of Outdoor Fitness! emoticon

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PRINCESSAMOURA 7/18/2010 8:42AM

    I totally get this. It's like you try to reward yourself with food, but in the end you totally ar3e sabotaging all the good you just did :\ i do it all the time. Portion control is HARD sometimes, especially with super yummy things. But I find i do better if I actually just measure it out and allow myself the indulgence than just trying to fight it. When i fight it, i always end up eating more of it.

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MOMJEN 7/16/2010 12:22PM

    This struggle is a funny thing. You can seem so clear about it but do exactly the opposite. Even after lots of success and months of being perfectly happy without all that! I'm convinced it's the high fructose corn syrup, couldn't possibly be me, LOL!! emoticon

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MADIGRAM1215 7/15/2010 7:15PM

    I sound like you. No, you sound like me. Not very positive confessions/thoughts, huh. I believe some of it has to do with food addictions (why we crave like we do..its compulsive, crazy sometimes) and some is conditioning that we have hid behind (things we have told ourselves so long in our mind, like...I dont care, I will just eat this whole thing blah blah). I get it. Im sure your list really helped too because I know when we start to write what our frailities are, we expose them and there is somehow a spiritual freeing in that...and when we expose them...we can change them! Afterall, we are wonderfully and fearfully made (and I know we believe it, we sometimes just gotta receive it)...You will make it, you are more than a conqueror ... and timing, well...it will be perfect (you know what I mean!) btw, I keep thinking about getting just a small delites pizza from papa murphy...but I think I better just eat a salad instead...if I had that pizza, I would eat more than a slice!

Here are some positive "self talks" that Ive come up with...

I will throw stones at myself, NO MORE! I will make the better choice and LIVE!

I will READ the WORD, SAY the WORD, BELIEVE the WORD, and hide it in my HEART, so I can call on it at any time.

I will CARE about how I take CARE of my body, eating right and exercising. I know GOD CARES and that's all that matters.

I want to please GOD with the choices I make.

I can overcome by running to GOD and standing firm whenever temptation tries to overcome me.

I want my life to be Christ-centered so that I make choices pleasing to Him. He fills me up, recenters my priorities, and gives me strength for the challenges in my life.

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KRZYKAT3 7/15/2010 7:07PM

    Eating your will power, love the image and will make it one of my own. How wonderful to have that image for when you think you really want the WHOLE milky way bar instead of a mini one! lol

To avoid eating bad things most of the time, I try to incorporate foods I like all week long. Or making myself perform certain acts to get it, like 20 toe touches for one mini miky way. Or eating quaker cinnamn delights instead of a cinnamon roll. Donuts are my for sure down fall. Last time we ate them we took pictures to remember how good they were!!

I have given up french fried and most deep fried foods. Now when I eat them I get terrible heart burn which helps keep them off my list of not to eat foods. Besides oreida oven baked fries are just as good!!

As you continue your journey you will find foods to celebrate with. I think it is a necessity as so many of life's celebrations center around food. We take "our" favorites with us to parties and if no one else eats them - we take it home!

you have added another notch of things to do on your journey list and will make better choices for it!

GOOD JOB!
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WALKERSSS 7/15/2010 5:49PM

    Thank you for all the support and suggestions. Love you gals.

All day I've been thinking about one thing...I don't care. For some reason when it comes to me and my health I just don't care. Eating and having a treat now and again is a healthy idea. Eating the whole thing with a disregard for me screams, I don't care. I sat down and listed some of the things I care about. Making sure the pool is blue. Keeping the horses cool, with fresh water. Making sure hubby looks good with ironed cloths for work. Keeping my house clean. I came up with 20 different things that I care about.

Then I listed things that fit under the "I don't care". It was a hard list to write out. They mostly related to me. I truly had a moment today. The cake in the frig doesn't look good anymore. You gotta know the next time I'm at the cross roads of good health (after all I am a diabetic) I'll be asking myself that question. Do I care about me?


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TENNIS4EVER 7/15/2010 3:20PM

    Donna - don't beat yourself up about your over-indulgence yesterday. You don't need to be "perfect" with your eating to achieve weight loss. But you do need moderation (that was your body trying to remind you of that last night!!!). So, pick yourself up. Today is a new day. You're being honest with yourself and your spark friends and that is a good thing. You need some room in your diet for treats - just make sure they're worth it to you!

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KARRYB1 7/15/2010 2:38PM

    It's over and done with. You got the splurge out of your system and can continue on to lose.
I find now when I don't watch my portion controls my body rebels. I can't overeat any more, it's just not worth being so uncomfortable and sick. emoticon It's sad that it's taken most of my life to realize this.

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SHARBABY123 7/15/2010 2:13PM

    Hey sweetie you are only human! We all do the same thing at one time or another. Just pat yourself on the back for recognizing what happened and move on. I think a little indulgence every once in a while is not going to hurt you unless you start doing it too often. A cheat day sometimes bumps up the weight loss.

As far as not passing up a good coupon deal thinking the family will enjoy it I've been there. You need to look at those opportunities and think to yourself "if this is not good for me then it's also not good for Henry" and just not buy it. I really do try to use this motto but it's not as simple as it may seem but it does get easier.

You've also been eating such a better diet that the junk food must have shocked your system. That kind of happened to me the other night when I indulged in a big piece of birthday cake. I should have stuck with a taste and I would have been happy and felt a lot better.

You can do this Donna! I know you are one determined person!

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SHANTODD420 7/15/2010 2:04PM

    Hugs Donna I can totally relate I was real bad yesterday and felt the effects as well. We can do this we know we are going to have good and bad days. Hugs just move on.

Shannon

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RARAAVIS 7/15/2010 1:44PM

    one moment of weakness is not enough to punish yourself. you realize what you did, and you can move forward. i have been mindlessly eating lately, and i am totally blaming it on stress. yeah, i was hungry every time i ate, but i chose bad foods. you know, studies show that will power takes a lot of energy. if you are using that energy on other things (like stressing out), you will not have enough left for will power. i tend to be a stress eater, but not as most people think about it. i don't eat because i am stressed; i just make bad decisions about what i am eating because i am stressed. you're doing really well with weight loss. we all make mistakes; you will continue doing well.
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MASTERCARE 7/15/2010 1:02PM

    OK my Hippie Friend....since you see it me posting ..you know I am going to give it to you straight.

I cannot speak for you....but for me....and maybe you can apply it to yourself.

You wanted it and you got it. A part of you felt you deserved it and didn't care. It tasted good and you wanted more. You thought that you had lost and you knew you would get back at it and would lose some more.

You didn't think ahead..you thought of the moment. Now you have regret.

Some foods you can do in moderation. Some you cannot. For those you cannot....try to think.....

I don't want these cheetos..they are stale .....and dry. UGH! I will get them another time..but not today.

I love chocolate. I get the Whitmans for weight watchers. They are so super expensive.....I can limit myself to one. If I were to buy m&m's or something else...I would eat the whole bag. It is a mind set.

Soooooooo try subbing for something else you can have control over.

Now..the other thing.....don't punish yourself because of yesterday. You can go forward. I am not saying...forget it.....just....don't stress over it and learn from it.

I hope this helps!

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NBJAGGAL 7/15/2010 12:38PM

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PLYNNWEEKS 7/15/2010 12:36PM

    Take it one day at a time and don't beat yourself up over slips. I have more slips than positive moves forward. Good luck!

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KRYSTAL234 7/15/2010 12:31PM

    Don't beat yourself up...forgive yourself and try again. Never give up! You CAN do it!

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Biggest Loser Challenge Go USA

Tuesday, June 29, 2010



GO USA CHALLENGE



GO is for cardio, get moving for every 10 min = 1 point max out at 20 points per day

U upper body exercises for every 10 rep = 1 point max out at 10 points per day

S stretching is so over looked. for every 10 min of stretching =5 points max out at 15 points per day

A aqua, drink your water for every 8oz. = 1 point max out at 10 points per day.

Challenge starts Friday July 2nd and goes through Tuesday July 5th.


Friday - GO = 12 U = 3 S = 2 A=10 Total 17 points

Sat. -GO - 6 U =3 S=5 A=10 Total 24 Points

Sun. Go = 6 U=3 S=4 A=8 Total 21 points

Mon. Go - 6 U=2 S=5 A=10 Total 23 Points

Tues. Go = 12 U=5 S=3 A = 10 Total 30 points


Challenge total 115

  
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SHANTODD420 6/29/2010 2:28PM

    I need to work on the water and getting more. The moving more is getting better but need to work on the strength training.

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LYNNANN43 6/29/2010 2:28PM

    My team's not so thrilled with the "Letter" challenges, so I went with a "Shake It Up" challenge. You're to do some activity that's new or you haven't done in quite a while. Anything counts. My teammates are coming up with some great old activities!!!!

Have fun with your challenge!
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ECHAVEZ2 6/29/2010 1:50PM

    I've been doing this daily for the past 3 weeks. Thanks for the post. THis makes me realize that I'm doing the right things for my body at the right time. This blog hit the spot, on the dot! emoticon

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The ABC's

Thursday, June 17, 2010

ABC NEWS BANS FLAG LAPEL PINS!

YESTERDAY THE BRASS AT ABC NEWS ISSUED ORDERS FORBIDDING REPORTERS TO WEAR LAPEL PIN AMERICAN FLAGS OR OTHER PATRIOTIC INSIGNIA. THEIR REASONING WAS THAT ABC SHOULD REMAIN NEUTRAL ABOUT 'CAUSES'.

SINCE WHEN IS SUPPORT FOR PREVENTING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION SOME SORT OF A 'CAUSE'? SINCE WHEN IS PATRIOTISM TO BE DISCOURAGED?



U.S.Government to Release New Dollar Coins
You guessed it 'IN GOD WE T R UST' IS GONE!!! Changes we need to watch.

I'll be refusing these coins.

  
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WALKERSSS 6/18/2010 12:03PM

    Written by: Rayne Britt.

(Personally I wouldn't use the word ignorance. I didn't want to butcher the article so I left it in. I think everyone has an opinion and is entitled to express it. We agree to disagree.)

To say that the Christian influence was not present in the founding of our nation is a statement of ignorance. Patrick Henry, the great statesman best known for his speech proclaiming "give me liberty or give me death" also stated, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."

The Mayflower Compact, one of America's first legal documents, states, "In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, etc., having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia;"

Until 1876, when many southern states were forced to rewrite their constitutions during the reconstruction period, North Carolina's State Constitution made it clear it was a Christian state with the following words: "That no person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State." The constitutions of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts all had similar statements in their original drafts proclaiming a belief in God in general and the Christian religion specifically.

The members of the Supreme Court of 1892 are rolling in their graves right now. When they made their ruling in Church of the Holy Trinity vs. U.S., they sited 87 precedents and came to the following conclusion: "Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." The 1962 members when ruling to outlaw prayer in school cited no precedents whatsoever. They made an illegal ruling based on their own opinions that should not have been given any merit.

Andrew Johnson said the following, "Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it an inscribed for our motto: "Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever," and exclaim, Christ first, our country next!" The list of leaders, statesmen, and people who were there when our country was founded who made such statements proclaiming Christ in their lives, in the founders lives and as a central part of the American government continues with the likes of John Jay (signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Justice of the Supreme Court), George Washington, Noah Webster, Daniel Webster, Chief Justice John Marshall and many others.

When presented with these facts, these statements from the men who were there, it is all too common for people to turn a blind eye. And why shouldn't they? If they have to face the fact there is a God, one true and living God, then they also have to face the fact that they must stand before Him. If you choose not to believe in God, you are free to do so in this great nation, but you cannot deny the evidence that America's founders believed in God and founded a nation based "not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ".



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RARAAVIS 6/18/2010 12:20AM

    shar, i'm pretty sure the forefather's wanted separation of church and state. they left england because they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs true, but they came here and wanted to make sure the same thing didn't happen here, which is why they called for separation of church and state. religion does not belong anywhere in the government. if it did, someone somewhere in america will be oppressed. how could we choose one religion for the whole country to represent? we can't, so the government should have no religious ties.

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SHANTODD420 6/17/2010 5:24PM

    Well that is nmot good that they are getting rid of that on the coin. What is next take the pledge of allegiance out of the schools and singing to it at games.

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WALKERSSS 6/17/2010 4:27PM

    I think Shar said it well. Lets take the "A" America out of ABC.

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WALKERSSS 6/17/2010 4:25PM

    Jess I'll send you email since this may get a little long. The threat of taking God out of America would be the start of things to come. Mankind on a whole will be judged and given the chance to make a choice during the millennium. If the choice to love God was not made here on earth. It's not a second "chance", some people were never given a first chance. To follow God and have eternal life or into the lake of fire with the devil.

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JANEYTEE 6/17/2010 4:12PM

    Our country was founded on religous beliefs. It is actually at the core of our foundation. You have the right to believe or not to believe but the history of our nation shows that this country was founded and was built on belief in God. We should keep our coins as they always have been. It keeps with the beliefs that our country was built on.

I just don't get the ban on the american flag thing. That just doens't make sense.

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SHARBABY123 6/17/2010 3:21PM

    It is ridiculous that the "American Broadcasting Company" cannot wear things that are patriotic to our country. So should they take the A out of ABC? What next?

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RARAAVIS 6/17/2010 2:29PM

    i believe in a god as well (i'm agnostic), but i just don't approve of religion mingling with government. do you see it as a warning for our country or mankind as a whole?

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WALKERSSS 6/17/2010 2:27PM

    I believe in God. The things that are happening to us today were written long ago. I've always respected ones right to not believe. For me God is a core in my life and I take these changes as a warning. Our country was founded on the belief of God. In God we trust.

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RARAAVIS 6/17/2010 1:48PM

    well, i don't understand the removal of the pins. i think there is nothing wrong with being patriotic. we should be showing our support of our own country. however, i do have to agree with the coins, just as i am against the pledge of allegiance since it mentions god. i am a firm believer in separation of church and state. so were america's forefathers.

i'm not by any means belittling your beliefs. that's one thing i love about our country: everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

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Susie is 4 tons of fun

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


While driving down the two lane hwy I had to look twice. There was a full grown elephant! We had to go back. She was here to take pictures with anyone who dared. The line was long she was "The" attraction for the weekend. There was a round perimeter about 200'. I was walking around to to get a better look at her and as it seemed she wanted a look at me.
We had just came back from riding and perhaps she smelled the horses on me. She followed me three different times. Her owner would tell her, "Back Susie". Henry said he was getting nervous. I just figured he was jealous emoticon
I wish I could share my picture with Susie but Henry didn't like the way his hair looked. lol When I find the picture I'll post it.

  
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KRZYKAT3 6/9/2010 2:14PM

    Cool - can you go visit Susie at the sanctuary? I bet Susie was really a boy!

Glad there is somewhere animals can go instead of just being left to fend for themselves in a climate not made for them.

Awesome oportunity!

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JANNYPANTS 6/2/2010 2:05AM

    What a beautiful animal - ps. great profile pic!

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SKHENDRIX 6/1/2010 5:48PM

    That is so neat! I love the pictures

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ANEPANALIPTI 6/1/2010 5:29PM

    ADORABLE!

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WALKERSSS 6/1/2010 5:16PM

    Hi Jess - She lives in a 165 acre wild animal sanctuary. They have had her since she was a baby. I don't know the circumstances of getting her. They had her on the side of the hwy to raise money by taking pictures for the new African elephant they had just acquired. They have rhinos, monkeys, birds and more then likely tigers and bears. lol 165 acres is plenty of room and she had a great personality. They must be taking good care of her.

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RARAAVIS 6/1/2010 5:11PM

    i'm a little confused. does someone own an elephant? i would think that's illegal. but i love the pictures!

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