AHAVAH123's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AHAVAH123 AHAVAH123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732027 Happy 4th of July to you! <BR> <em>232</em> <em>408</em> <em>195</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:57:24 EST Day 17 Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731439 Today is day 17. <BR> I am dealing with the very hot, <BR> very humid weather and have been <BR> looking into purchasing a portable <BR> AC unit. I have now purchased a Honeywell <BR> unit! I am very excited to be using this <BR> very soon! <BR> I'm sure it will help me to focus on more of <BR> my projects instead of being very distracted <BR> about melting all over the place in my own home! <BR> (Too bad the weight doesn't melt this easily). <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:24:54 EST Day 16 Observations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730536 You can't control people or situations, <BR> you can only control how you respond to them. <BR> In this journey, I am becoming more comfortable <BR> with just watching things unfold. <BR> Often times when I am in a situation it is like <BR> I am watching a movie. The various people are, <BR> what I call, 'manifesting their own issues'. <BR> It is as if they are stuck in this pattern of 'manifesting' <BR> and I am there to watch and I observe. <BR> Sometimes they are twisting what other peopl... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:36:50 EST Day 15 Living in the Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729711 Today is day 15 of my blogging journey. <BR> It has been difficult dealing with some of the <BR> challenges that I am faced with. At times I <BR> have eaten the food that has not helped me <BR> lose the weight. Such is the challenge of <BR> dealing with very stressful situations. <BR> Food can be seen as a comfort as I'm sure <BR> everybody knows at this point. All in all I <BR> do feel like I have dealt with some of these <BR> life long challenges with unusual clarity and <BR> good disce... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:23:54 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728971 Monday day 14 is another start to a new week. <BR> I already have set some of my goals and <BR> looking forward to achieving them. Slow and steady, <BR> so the phrase goes. <BR> Wishing everyone a fabulous Monday! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:13:41 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728629 Today is day 13. I was so busy with <BR> a birthday party for my mother, <BR> that I totally forgot about blogging <BR> yesterday. Today went very well. <BR> I tended to some things that I thought <BR> I should be taking care of, so that is a success. <BR> Trying not to let other circumstances get me <BR> down and keep plugging along with some of the <BR> projects that I am doing. <BR> So all in all it was a fairly good day. <BR> Hopefully our tomorrow will be a better today! <BR> <em>345</... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:52:56 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727152 Day 11 is reminding me of all the goals that <BR> I am trying to achieve. It is not just about losing <BR> weight. Although that is a real goal, but achieving <BR> the balance and order that I need in my life. <BR> I have been spending much of my days in catching <BR> up to the order that I used to have before I was dealing <BR> with so many challenges. I have felt that for so long that <BR> I have been running from one emergency to another. <BR> Things can tend to stack up when this occurs... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:30:19 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726422 Thank you all my encouraging Spark friends. <BR> You really are quite helpful and it means a lot!! <BR> <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 10. I have begun the day in a <BR> positive way and am progressing with some of the <BR> projects that I am working on. Eating right and getting <BR> more activity in has helped me be encouraged and stay <BR> on the path of success. I hope my success will continue <BR> to motivate you also. <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <em>375</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:30:53 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725535 Day 9 has begun. I have lost 2 of the 4 lbs of <BR> Mystery weight. So today I will be very careful so <BR> Hopefully I can lose the other 2. Ugh! <BR> But to keep positive... And answer the good <BR> question that my Sparkfriend has put out there <BR> that the extra weight may be strength training weight. <BR> Great thought, but in my case I would say not. It is something <BR> to keep in mind though. <BR> <BR> I hope you day has gotten off to a great start as mine has. <BR> The best to y... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:32:33 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725076 Ok this is day 8 and normally I would feel a <BR> bit discouraged because for some unbelievable <BR> reason I just happen to put on 4 lbs. I really did <BR> not go off track yesterday, yes I did eat a little <BR> bit more calories, but go figure, 4 lbs??? <BR> This is very puzzling for me, but I will not give up. <BR> Hence, I am posting this blog to keep going and maybe <BR> tomorrow, I would have lost some of this mystery weight. <BR> Anyway, I hope all off you are enjoying this fine Tuesda... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:02:12 EST Day7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723945 Thank you Spark friends for all your encouragement <BR> on my Blog entries. It is much appreciated and <BR> really helps a lot! <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 and a nice sunny Monday at that. <BR> I am thrilled that I maintained the bit of weight <BR> that I have lost already. The scale seems to be going <BR> in the right direction and not gaining is fantastic! <BR> Looks like it is going to be a very productive day <BR> with all the projects I am progressing on. <BR> All i... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:03:19 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723548 Happy Day 6 to everyone. I know it may not <BR> be your day 6 as a restart as mine is, <BR> nevertheless, happy day to you. <BR> I woke up feeling much better with a renewed <BR> encouragement, feeling a bit lighter and hopeful. <BR> I did however eat a little more than usual today, <BR> Yet, I did not go over calories, which is huge for me, <BR> (while I attempt to make myself smaller in weight) ;) <BR> <BR> Overall it is a terrific day. <BR> Hope your is the same!! <BR> <em>223</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:19:57 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722736 Wow, I can't believe it is already day 5. <BR> Seems strange, it went so fast. <BR> I will report that I have been staying on track <BR> with eating low fat and much more healthy. <BR> Although I did have the opportunity of eating <BR> a chocolate doughnut today, I only hade one bite! <BR> Funny thing, it really didn't taste very good at all, <BR> so the choice wasn't really that hard! But I am happy <BR> to have made progress with a better diet, cleaning and <BR> organizing more in my home, ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:31:51 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722041 First I wish to thank all my Spark friends for <BR> all the wonderful encouragement you have <BR> shared with me on my blogs. It is very helpful <BR> indeed! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 4 and I am still going strong. <BR> Seeing the scale going down is a great encouragement <BR> as you all know. I am feeling better not eating such rich <BR> foods and making lighter food choices. <BR> Soon I will incorporate more exercise into the mix. <BR> I hope your day is a successful one... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:45:04 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721375 Today is a rainy, quiet day. <BR> You can hear the rain softly <BR> pelting the window pane. <BR> It brings peace. <BR> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:56:39 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720338 Well it is day 2. I am happy to say that I <BR> really did well with my eating yesterday. <BR> So for 2 days now my diet has changed for lower <BR> fat and other healthier choices. <BR> It is amazing that just after 2 days that I am <BR> feeling more confident. It is said that <BR> 'Success breeds more success.' <BR> I can understand this. <BR> So I hope all of you have a great successful <BR> day in big and small ways! <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:01:16 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719826 A wise friend once said to me that if your day is not <BR> going as planned then you can simply start your day over <BR> at any time. Well, that is what I am doing today. Due to many <BR> challenges, I have been dealing with, I did not track with <BR> Spark for a while. With revived hope, I am not giving up, <BR> but rather "starting my day over" on Spark. <BR> <BR> So I hope all of you are having a great day and starting your <BR> day over if need be, till you reach your goals. <BR> A good... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:27:32 EST Day 47 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628750 Day 47 was a good day. <BR> I did a lot of exercise, at least 50 min of walking <BR> which was a great start to starting my walking <BR> program. So I am very happy with that. <BR> I also watched my calorie intake much better <BR> than I have been the past several days. <BR> So all in all it was a good day. <BR> Thanks for all the encouragement, it really helps!! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>381</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:19:06 EST Day 46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627798 So much has been going on in so many areas, <BR> it has been difficult to blog. But I tried to make <BR> sure I did it tonight. Still trying to watch what <BR> I eat and get more exercise. <BR> It seems that the most popular exercise <BR> recently in he North East is to : <BR> Shovel snow!! I've been getting my share <BR> of this extravagant exercise lately!! <BR> All in all it has been a good couple of days. <BR> Hoping everyone is on target and getting <BR> their goals accomplished! <BR> H... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:35:11 EST Days 40-42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623938 Been a rough several days. Had to take my step dad for gamma radiation on a tumor, which took up the whole day starting at 4 am in the morning. Of course I was not able to sleep the night prior, so I am now trying to catch up. Seems stress has been keeping me from not being able to sleep. You know, too much on your mind. The procedure went well, but difficult situations can be taxing. <BR> Thanks for everyone's positive support! <BR> I hope your Valentine's day is filled with love, <BR> ha... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:57:20 EST Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Day 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621119 What am I 'yeah-ing' about? <BR> I finally lost 2 more pounds, <BR> that is what I am 'yeah-ing' about!! <BR> <BR> I have to say it really has not been easy <BR> at all. But I am trying to persevere with eating better, <BR> getting more activity in each day and <BR> making sure that I say connected with my Spark team <BR> of friends. I was a very happy camper when I got <BR> on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to also visualize myself thinner <BR> and wearing differen... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:06:19 EST Days 37-38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619490 Yesterday I really got a lot accomplished. <BR> For this I am very grateful. <BR> I did go over calories, however, and will <BR> be much more careful of what I eat today. <BR> Trying to make progress on all my goals seems <BR> to be a balancing act. I do very well on some of them <BR> one day and miss on the other ones. <BR> If I could do well on all my goals each and every day, <BR> well then, that would be great! <BR> But I guess, the goal is also not to give up. <BR> So today, I am not giv... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:52:42 EST Day 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617428 I've been reading all the responses from yesterday's blog and I must say that they have been cracking me up!! Some of the great advice that I have been getting is: to adjust and adapt, eat and eat and eat just prior to winter, and then to hibernate, and of course there's the mention of Murphy's Law somehow getting in there!! <BR> <BR> Well, you all have really cheered me on today and have given me great tips and humor. I'm sure we'll all make it through this winter with resounding success!! ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:27:00 EST Ok, Day # 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616379 Ok, it is now day # 35. <BR> It has been very interesting lately. <BR> The pipe is still frozen. <BR> Although I am extremely thankful that it is <BR> only frozen. <BR> My ice maker has stopped working. <BR> And the plow truck has cascaded off the neighbor's <BR> driveway, with only one tire on the driveway and <BR> the rest of it in the ravine!! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> What's that saying? <BR> 'No good deed goes unpunished.' <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Soooooo, ask me if I've been a... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:16:35 EST Processes and Paradigms: Day 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615431 Changing of the mind, <BR> processes and paradigms, <BR> can take time. <BR> <BR> There must be a 'great determination,' <BR> before one celebrates a 'thought pattern graduation.' <BR> <BR> It's not necessarily an 'over night sensation,' <BR> but a 'dedicated infiltration.' <BR> It's not a 'fly by night creation,' <BR> but a 'daily determination.' <BR> It's not a 'temporary cessation,' <BR> but a 'mind changing manifestation.' <BR> <BR> And that will finally bring <BR> the much antici... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:24:08 EST Days 31-33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614100 Looks like a winter wonderland out there today. <BR> Very pretty. And I am enjoying the silence of snow. <BR> You know, when it gets all snowy and there is this <BR> inexplicable silence in the air. <BR> It just hangs there in its majestic snowy white. <BR> <BR> Just catching up on my whirl wind of a weekend. <BR> It's pretty much a 'recovery' day. <BR> You know what I mean. A day when you just don't <BR> exert yourself too much, simply because you can't! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I am hap... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:05:40 EST Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610742 Hi folks, still fighting this thing. <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> But I did really well with eating today. <BR> Also was more active even with fighting <BR> this a cold. So I was happy with that. <BR> But trying not to push it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your well wishes. <BR> Trying to get a handle on with dealing with stress. <BR> Washer was not working right, now it is at least workable. <BR> Of course, now the wash is ridiculously built up <BR> because of this. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> AND... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:56:38 EST Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610151 I got a lot more exercise in on day 29! <BR> For this I am very happy. <BR> However, I woke up today with a mild soar throat. <BR> Not very happy about. <BR> <BR> But I am doing well with my food intake. <BR> Of course a bowl of chicken noodle soup was in order. <BR> And recording what I am eating. <BR> Hoping everyone's day is going well. <BR> Thanks for all the well wishes and support. <BR> It really helps me and is catapulting me on to success. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:32:24 EST Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609442 Day 28 was a recovery day from Days 26 & 27!! <BR> Feeling like a wet noodle, I was able to get some <BR> activity in, but not as much as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> I guess you really need those days of rest. <BR> Plus now I'm feeling like I'm fighting yet <BR> another cold. Hopefully it will not arrive!! <BR> Have a great day!! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:24:13 EST 23rd Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607663 Today was a run around day. <BR> Many appointments. <BR> A few disappointments. <BR> But it was also nice to see many old <BR> friends today as well. <BR> All in all my activity level was high <BR> and I sustained eating well <BR> with a good attitude. <BR> So for day 23 it was a good day <BR> staying on the path of good health. <BR> I know I have many more improvements, <BR> but I'm just trying to take it one step at a time. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping the start to a new week was a <BR> great one... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:25:58 EST Days 21-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606962 These two days are Saturday and Sunday of <BR> this past week end. I was not able to log on <BR> these two days, due to data concerns, so I <BR> was forced to wait till this morning. <BR> I will post about today, Day 23, tonight. <BR> <BR> This week end was a challenge, and although <BR> I was successful in many ways, there were some <BR> I could have definitely done better at. I am very <BR> happy with myself for doing 'the hard things'. <BR> It seems I have consistently found myself i... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:23:45 EST Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604860 Wow, the 20th day. <BR> Today I did get a lot more exercise than <BR> many of the other previous Spark days <BR> so far this year. So I feel very good about that. <BR> I also kept on some of my other goals, <BR> like blogging (doing it right now) :) <BR> and I am continuing to organize and clean. <BR> I just love when every thing is in order. <BR> But when there are many projects going on, <BR> it seems that the simplest things get out <BR> of hand that you normally do. <BR> What a jugglin... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:36:06 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604378 Day 19 was a difficult day for me. <BR> Yes, I confess to giving in to emotional eating (sigh). <BR> Yet I know that all was not lost, and not to focus <BR> on the things that I have to continue on working on, <BR> but to celebrate the forward movement of my goals <BR> and to continue on this journey, not to give up. <BR> I actually am very happy with just the fact that <BR> I keep trying to blog my way through. This is one <BR> of my goals and have done pretty good at it so far. <BR> So th... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:16:34 EST Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602870 Hi Spark friends! <BR> What a day!! It was very cold and windy <BR> most of the day. And I really felt it when I was <BR> out side! Was glad to be back in the house <BR> by the wood stove to warm back up. I was also <BR> glad to get some calories burned with all the <BR> clean up that I did today. Days are going fast!! <BR> Are you finding that too?? <BR> All in all, it was a very good day with also <BR> getting some of my other goals chipped away at. <BR> Hoping every one is experiencing a ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:31:19 EST 17th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601813 Today was a quiet day with the snow softly <BR> falling most of the day and into the night. <BR> Was a bit windy at times, but a gentle snow. <BR> Stayed in and organized more. <BR> Did well with eating and am looking <BR> forward to adding more exercise to each week. <BR> Now I have to dig out of the snow tomorrow! <BR> Enjoy your day. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:28:50 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600694 It was an interesting day to say the least. <BR> It started out as many days do, but ended <BR> with a lot of revelation about where I am <BR> right now and what to do about a more <BR> positive change. This new revelation is really <BR> a deeper level than past experience. <BR> A new layer if you will. I, like many of you, <BR> have found that it's not just eating habits <BR> that have to be addressed in our lives. <BR> It's our over all health, body, soul, mind, <BR> spirit, emotions, etc... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:06:36 EST Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599987 Day 15 went fine with eating, yet the challenges were <BR> many, so this is good news. On the road eating can <BR> very often be a challenge as well as a party atmosphere. <BR> Then there is the eating late at night challenge. <BR> I had all three challenges yesterday, <BR> and yet I see that I maintained my weight!! <BR> <BR> So I'll just mark day 15 as a success! <BR> Hope your day goes well today. <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:21:08 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598502 Today was another busy day. <BR> Cooked for a Pot Luck. <BR> This was very time consuming, yet, I think the <BR> dish came out delicious. Yum!! <BR> All in all, I did very well with watching what <BR> I have eaten. <BR> Still up and have yet so much to do tonight. <BR> Just wanted to make sure I Sparked today and <BR> recorded yet another day of my Spark story. <BR> Enjoy your Sunday!! <BR> Hugs!! <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:36:17 EST The 13th Day of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597480 This is the 13th day of my Spark Journey thus far <BR> for 2014. Many people feel that the number 13 <BR> may have negative significance, and I guess in some <BR> instances it may, but for me, the number 13 has <BR> eternal significance and is positive when viewed as follows. <BR> <BR> There are different Hebrew words for love. <BR> So I will ask you: <BR> 'what is one of the Hebrew words for love'? <BR> And the answer is: ......... Ahavah! <BR> Recognize the word? <BR> Yes, I chose my... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:08:59 EST the 12th Day of Sparksmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596400 On the 12th day of Sparksmas, <BR> my true love came to me... :) <BR> <BR> Today was another busy day. Seems as this new year <BR> progresses, it is getting busier and busier. <BR> I am positive about eating more healthy and progressing <BR> with some of my other goals. So I am very happy <BR> thus far for all this. I know that next week, I will probably <BR> start back at the gym. I have put it off because of the <BR> cold I was getting over, which took unusually long <BR> this time. But... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:02:16 EST Sobered Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595338 Hello all my super Spark friends, <BR> Busy day today! <BR> But what I really want to do is let all of you know <BR> just how sobered I was to see all the response and <BR> great support that I received from yesterday's blog. <BR> <BR> When I woke up this morning and saw all my Spark friends, <BR> and so many of them, leave such encouraging and <BR> thoughtful messages on my blog, well it was sobering, <BR> and it really touched me. <BR> <BR> So I really wanted to dedicated this blog to al... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:31:17 EST Wow, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594023 Now we're into the double digits, day 10! <BR> Today was ok. It has been amazingly slow with weight loss. <BR> I have been recording my meals, and been even under calories. <BR> But, alas, not much progress on the scale. <BR> <BR> But this is what it is to remain steadfast. <BR> So I blog another day. <BR> Hopefully the scale will help me smile tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Hey, Lets smile anyway!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:07:42 EST Day Nine, Right on Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593062 Only have 3 minutes to blog!! <BR> Today went really well with healthy eating and not <BR> over eating. <BR> Hopefully I will lose some weight tomorrow!! <BR> Hope springs eternal!! <BR> Best to all of you. <BR> Hope your efforts are getting positive results! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:59:31 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591804 Was a really busy day today. <BR> But one thing for sure, <BR> I ate healthy and did not over eat. <BR> This was really good, especially since I <BR> have stayed the same, and even gained a lb this <BR> am, but that could have been water weight. <BR> <BR> This time I am really trying not to get discouraged as <BR> I had last time. The weight, so far, seems to be <BR> slower in coming off. But now is not the time <BR> to give up. After all, I believe it will eventually <BR> come off, if I d... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:39:46 EST 7th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590796 Today was a great day. <BR> It was a day of peace. <BR> I had some quiet time with the Lord. <BR> And so peaceful was the rain pelting <BR> on the windowpane. <BR> <BR> Then I spent some time cooking, cleaning, and <BR> laundry. It was a very peaceful and productive <BR> day. Although my scale has stayed the same, <BR> for 5 days now, I am not discouraged. <BR> Nor did I over eat today. <BR> I realize that I just have to keep being patient <BR> with the weight loss. <BR> So this was day ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:59:23 EST Voilà! The 6th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589381 <BR> Being that I felt a little discouraged today, <BR> I decided to send myself a Spark mail. <BR> It reads as follows: <BR> <BR> Dear Ahavah, <BR> Keep trying, don't give up. <BR> Keep trying to move towards the goals you have set for yourself. <BR> Don't let anything get in your way, ANYTHING. <BR> The goals set before you have a clear and gentle path. <BR> Gentle, does not mean absence of effort, but it is gentle with making <BR> baby steps each day. <BR> Then you will accumulat... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:44:07 EST 5th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588091 Today is the 5th day of my journey. <BR> Feeling better from the cold, <BR> but I know I can't over do it. <BR> <BR> Ate more protein last night. <BR> I made the low fat choice and <BR> am happier about that choice today. <BR> <BR> Still Spark'n with my Sparkle friends <BR> and keeping focus on my goals. <BR> Each day, every step of the way, <BR> till we meet our goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:46:41 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586945 Ok, Usually I do not like counting days. <BR> But in these blog entries, I thought it may <BR> be motivational to see as I progress. It kind of <BR> forces me to post every day, so that I don't miss <BR> a day, which in turn helps to keep me focused <BR> on the goal of a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Plus, wouldn't be cool when I finally post day <BR> 56 or 132 and so on? Seeing the numbers grow, <BR> is encouraging. Success breeds success. <BR> <BR> So today is a little difficult as this... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:21:58 EST The Journey of Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586070 Being that it is soooo freezing outside <BR> and that I am still getting over a cold, <BR> my journey consisted of traversing <BR> throughout my home, at various times of the day! <BR> Limited as to what kind of exercising one can do <BR> with a cold, I opted to spend some time cleaning! <BR> <BR> Eating successfully, and under calories, I might add, <BR> along with the gentle exercising that I did, <BR> made this day a huge success. <BR> Success, being relative, seemed huge to me because... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:59:21 EST Still on Track (2nd Day) :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584817 I have been MIA since approximately April of 2013. <BR> And to save you the gory details of this experience, <BR> I will just fill in briefly, very briefly. <BR> <BR> I was enjoying the success last year of all the hard work in <BR> eating healthy and losing weight. That's when I allowed <BR> myself to derail and become discouraged. This has happened <BR> before, but so what! It doesn't have to happen again. <BR> <BR> As 2014 starts, I am remembering the paradigm shift that I <BR> had in ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:08:28 EST