ALMYEARTHLYBEST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALMYEARTHLYBEST ALMYEARTHLYBEST'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/ THE Challenge Begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619001 365 ~ 02/08/14 ~ 112 <BR> <BR> 112 days into this year that I'm chronicling, this year that I'm not giving up, not starting over and over and over again with something. This year I'm working on tracking all of it - the good, the bad, the sad, the joy, the fun, whatever... ALL of it MOVING FORWARD! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813369918.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, earlier I mentioned that my company is sponsoring a Fitness Challenge beginning February 1st and running thr... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:43:03 EST UGH! AACK! OOOOH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591720 365 ~ 01/12/14 ~ 085 <BR> <BR> 85 DAYS!!! Really?!? This year is SO not going the way I'd intended! <BR> <BR> UGH! <BR> I wanted to write/blog/post daily... and I've managed less than 10 days so far (anyone care to look back and count 'em for me? lol) <BR> I want to work on being more consistent in my efforts... yet the only thing I'm consistent about is being inconsistent! <BR> I need to get back to losing weight, gaining strength & mobility, and building my business. All this takes being ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:14:15 EST Dilemma Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538209 365 ~ 11/11/13 ~ 023 <BR> <BR> In my previous blog post I talked about my dilemma in advancing my 10 minutes a day streak in some way: do I simply extend my gazelle time or add on something new for 10 minutes? <BR> <BR> Many suggestions of switching up the two, alternating them was good but that doesn't increase my time - which is MY goal. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I hadn't thought about how the timing of doing the wall slides could affect my time on the gazelle. Great point! So I won't be... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:33:05 EST Dilemma pending... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534356 365 ~ 11/06/13 ~ 018 <BR> So I'm still on track with my gazelle streak, now 18 days of at least 10 mins each time. I've gone as long as 15 lately without realizing it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800857999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've told myself that 3 weeks, or 21 days, of doing this and I will either add more minutes (I'm thinking up it to 20) OR add on a new exercise of some kind. <BR> <BR> One exercise several physical therapists have me do when my knees are being... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:27:56 EST A NEW ADVENTURE FOR ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531194 365 ~ 11/03/13 ~ 015 <BR> The above notation will help me to track my 365 days of my 57th year. It's a project I'm working on, begun prior to the event mentioned below. I was wanting it to be something I wrote about on a daily basis. (yeah, that's not happening) <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883729722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nov 3, 2013 <BR> <BR> Sometimes in life something happens that is totally unexpected and sends you going down a road you never imagi... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:07:19 EST 365 ~ 10/26/13 ~ 007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524236 HAPPY <BR> <BR> One typically thinks that when something happens that you’ve been waiting a very long time for you would be happy – finally! <BR> <BR> Instead I find myself searching out ways to find that happy place. <BR> <BR> Bob Marley says, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in his little song that he wrote: <BR> Here’s a little song I wrote, <BR> You might want to sing it note for note, <BR> Don’t worry, be happy. <BR> <BR> In every life we have some trouble, <BR> When you worry you make it do... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:27:01 EST 365 ~ 10/23-25/13 ~ 004, 005, 006 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524233 I promise to come back in a future post and share what these days were like but I just can't do it at this moment in time. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> These were very challenging days for me and while I did manage to squeeze in my 10 mins of Gazelle time - sorta - it was way out of routine. I was working so hard on building that routine back and I really feel like I failed during these 3 days. But it could not be helped. When I do share the events of these days you will see why. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:21:29 EST 365 ~ 10/22/13 ~ 003 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520884 Well I have managed to stick with this for 3 days in a row now! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594110920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does that count as 3 steps? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088462722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Working hard to keep this mindset! You would not believe all the stuff getting in my way! <BR> So many things! <BR> So many people! <BR> So much stuff! <BR> Trying, trying, trying to keep me from sticking with thi... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:46:14 EST 365 ~ 10/21/13 ~ 002 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519918 I did manage my 10 minutes on my Gazelle! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301787606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A lot of things tried to stop me - to get in my way - to prevent me from getting on that Gazelle but I did it anyway! <BR> <BR> I worked at keeping this in mind... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279125928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:25:57 EST 365 ~ 10/20/13 ~ 001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518976 Short & sweet... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230727594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Working on a plan to do at least 10 minutes every single day on my Gazelle. <BR> <BR> NO EXCUSES! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807168446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's all for now. <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:34:44 EST I WILL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459755 Summer's end is coming soon. In a lot of places across the U.S. kids are already back in school so their summer is over. In some places kids won't return to school until September sometime. For us locally, it's Sept 3rd, TWO MORE WEEKS! While I no longer have kids at home facing "back-to-school" time I have never been happier to see it coming! Can't wait for it to be here! <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> This summer was not what I expected, nor planned for it to be; so it's left me very deflated, ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:27:54 EST 10 years ~ brought to you by Spark Coach! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353642 Moving forward with Spark Coach, today's coaching session asked me to seriously imagine myself 10 years from now.... with details! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm 55 years old now. Imagining myself at 65 right now doesn't look pretty. Following the typical, expected trending of life my first thought was OLD, you know those aged, wrinkled faces with the smiling eyes? or those grandmotherly women rocking away the day in comfy rockers? <BR> <BR> Is that me in 10 years? <BR> <BR> OR.... <BR> <BR> now thi... Sun, 12 May 2013 01:06:03 EST Matters of My Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351406 <em>146</em> There's a Yellow Rose in Texas; Deep in the Heart of Texas! <em>211</em> That's me! <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> Note: I'm not writing any of this to get into any sort of debate on any of these matters. I'm simply stating how they affect my life. :) <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Been doin' a lot o' thinkin' 'bout "back home" and family and all that goes with it! <em>24</em> It's sure a mixed bag for m... Thu, 9 May 2013 21:13:50 EST Time's Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349316 Not enough time in this day.... <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 00:59:16 EST SPARKLING DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346879 It's been another looong day! <BR> <BR> So pics from yesterday will have to wait. :( <BR> <BR> But today was a SPARKLING DAY!!! <BR> <BR> The girls and I used today to catch up on so many little tasks we've let go the last few weeks. It was really great spending the whole day together. We didn't think about work. We didn't think about finances. We didn't think about all the health problems or all the stuff going on with their dad and his family home and so on. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 6 May 2013 00:51:05 EST Quite the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345836 Up at 5am <BR> Left at 6:30am <BR> Arrived at 9am <BR> Chatted with friends I hadn't seen since last fall! <BR> Listened to 7 awesome speakers! <BR> Met speaker from New York! <BR> Had dinner at Red Robin for the first time ever! (They offer gluten-free buns!!!) Burger was good but big so only ate about 3 fries! LOL Fries are big there too!!! Nice & busy atmosphere. Bumped into a few more friends there we hadn't seen in a long time. LOL <BR> Got home at 11pm <BR> Got on SP to log/track food &... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:56:17 EST Simple Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344918 Had an hour of PT today to work with messed up knee and other achy joints. <BR> <BR> Managed to do OK on my nutrition goals - ended the day with everything within limits, nothing over, nothing under! <em>244</em> I don't do that very often. <BR> <BR> Spending last part of the day in a more spiritual mode prior to bedtime. Tomorrow will be a day full of things focusing on spiritual health. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Ending the day on a joyful note. <BR> <BR> May you all have a sparklin... Sat, 4 May 2013 00:19:02 EST Struggles continue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343785 To continue the theme of yesterday's blog... <BR> <BR> One of my other struggles lately: disability related issues - mine, my kids' and friends. <BR> <BR> Regarding mine more specifically, my parking permit - and others! Namely, a neighbor who appears to be fraudulently using his. The story details are in my previous blog entitled, "What To Do?" <BR> One of the recent responses to that blog post suggested I learn the power of video! It's a great idea! She also suggests that I video multip... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:02:04 EST We all struggle sometimes, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342687 So it's been a little over a week since I blogged last. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've been struggling... <BR> <BR> so 1st I'm sorry for not sharing it more with you <BR> and 2nd I'm sorry for letting myself, and others perhaps, down in any way <BR> <BR> Last Friday I finally got myself in to see my primary doctor. It's been awhile. My kids have needed more medical visits lately and I can only manage so many long trips in so many days. <BR> (My "kids" are over 18, but their own disabilit... Thu, 2 May 2013 00:21:29 EST Just a little type-o! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333624 <em>187</em> Yesterday afternoon our family welcomed another new life! <BR> <BR> My 'baby' brother and his wife had their second child! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437921103.jpg"> <BR> Hope this turns out ok, it's the best I've got so far. :) <BR> <BR> This is the brand new, super adorable, very alert, Kelso Griffin Anderson! <BR> Weighing in at 8#7 and just 19.5" long!!! <BR> <BR> When my brother first sent messages out he said it happened on 4/22/12... s... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:57:50 EST Safe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332346 It's not what you think! <BR> <BR> Well, it's not what I think you may think. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> It is actually a safe! <BR> <BR> Without having actual measurements it stands about 2.5 - 3 feet high, looks about 18 - 24 inches square... and it weighs a ton! OK, maybe not a real ton... but it's REALLY HEAVY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878209467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> huh? :) <BR> <BR> One of my many new "research" projects coming out... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:02:50 EST 7th Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330220 <em>507</em> + <em>504</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> 7 years ago today I joined Spark People! I know at that time my weight loss goal was close to 200 pounds away. At that time, it seemed impossible too. But SP was full of interesting stories, articles, health information, and cool tools to help so I stayed with it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l353266131.jpg"> <BR> This was only about a year ago. As you can see I'm still quite heavy, but the good n... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:00:27 EST Unexpected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328251 Quite by surprise tonight we ended up at Olive Garden for dinner. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I can't even remember the last time I ate a meal there! <BR> <BR> To further my surprise, they now offer a gluten free menu! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My selection tonight was a Penne Pasta with a yummy Marinara sauce ~ gluten-free, of course! <BR> <BR> Of course, there's that endless salad which was quite tasty! I let everyone else at the table devour those yummy, fresh, garlic bread sticks!!! <... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 01:16:04 EST STRESS~Stress~stress...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327087 Does stress ever get to you <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Is your life just constant stress, to the point that stress is your normal <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Part of my Spark Coach program today was talking about stress and how it affects our weight loss. Plus, in reviewing the Spark People Blog today I found an article about how we deal with stress and some ideas to destress (now, why does that make me think DESSERT?) ... here's that article: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=1... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:11:37 EST What to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325367 This post will go way outside my usual blogging! <BR> <BR> I don't believe I have EVER felt so frustrated and even betrayed by those sworn to protect the citizens of their community, city, and state! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Is this a "disability" issue? <BR> Is this a "parking" issue? <BR> Is this a "private" issue? <BR> Is this "none of my business" type of issue? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Honestly, I do not feel I am out of line or being too "something" in this matter; yet I have ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:00:36 EST Holding Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324659 Keeping that Rise'n'Shine streak going... but today was a late start! <BR> Got up late and hit the ground running... only got the exercise part in before moving on to other things though. :( Breakfast was really late. <BR> <BR> But the day was good. Did a lot of walking!!! (not all at once) <BR> Got to know a couple of neighbors better. Now that the weather is improving again and most of the snow is gone people are getting out more. :) <BR> <BR> I'm hitting the bed earlier than usual toni... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:42:26 EST ByGoneDays ~ Pic heavy memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323370 An unexpected day... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366714788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is just one of MANY items I've been taking pictures of for the last several days now. It belongs to my kids' dad's parents & maternal grandparents. (The last of the parents & grandparents on his side of the family died over a decade ago...and the property has now been sold) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861825467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their dad is ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:25:15 EST Spark Coach Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322383 Spark Coach Stage 3 Lifestyle Change <BR> <BR> It actually happened several days ago ~ hitting this stage in my SparkCoach Program ~ near the end of March. But I discovered today that I can go back to that day's program and review the training for that day! How cool is that? <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I can go back to any video, article, exercise instruction, recipe, etc. that is somewhere on the SparkPeople site; and I have done so with many things here. There's tons of stuff I've saved over ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:59:01 EST GOAL-SETTING is FUN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321409 Snow! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so ready for Spring to stay! <em>306</em> Come on Spring! <BR> <BR> The forecast isn't great; so need to focus on other things (and hope I don't kill all the seedlings indoors before they can get put outside) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Twelve days running with the Rise'n'Shine challenge! How are you doing with it? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I've really been enjoying SparkCoach! The other day they were talking a lot about goals and breaking them down... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:58:30 EST Snow! Really??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320270 It's no real surprise I guess, but Winter just isn't letting go this year. <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> We've been hovering near the freezing mark since sometime last night; winds picked up this morning (gusting to 30-35 mph); and rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, and whatever other form water can take has been falling off and on all day, most of last night, continuing tonight and all day tomorrow. Temps will drop a ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:03:55 EST Sparking with Chronic Pain ~ 04/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319146 Weather has calmed down but it's still wet and cold! <em>27</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Whatever was flaring has also calmed down. So I hope to build back up with some of my activities. <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>231</em> <em>313</em> <em>335</em> <em>387</em> <BR> This is my life...and may be my biggest challenge to losing weight as well as getting healthier. PAIN ~ Daily ~ Chronic ~ Waves that ebb & flow like the tides of the ocean. Like the water, it's always there. ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:20:34 EST Short'n'Sweet ~ Severe T-Storms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317794 Had a longer blog in mind for today but it's being cut short as severe weather is coming/hitting us now - lightning flashes <em>54</em> and rain pouring down <em>27</em> for now; expected to continue but turning to snow <em>425</em> overnight! It's like April Showers meet Winter Blizzards!!! <BR> So... still going with my Rise'n'Shine streak! <BR> And signing off, shutting down, and unplugging for safety's sake! <BR> Hope y'all are doing well where you are! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 23:26:32 EST Rise'n'Shine ~ Week 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316528 This is just a brief update on the Rise and Shine Challenge... one week done and I'm still sticking with it each day getting a healthy breakfast and at least 10 minutes of exercise in early in the day! <em>244</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:02:25 EST Discovery! Someone like me CAN see success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315272 A full week into April! <em>184</em> <BR> Can you believe it! <em>244</em> <BR> I don't know what it's like in your part of the world, but here in "north central western Wisconsin" (does anyone really know what part of the state we're in? lol) SPRING is finally SPRINGING!!! There's a few scattered mounds of snow remaining; but I'm beginning to see GREEN <em>126</em> outside! <em>30</em> <BR> Hard to believe this was out my window just a few days ago... <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:07:50 EST Flare easing :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314197 The flare is easing up some. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Probably will still go easy on me/myself for another day or two. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Keeping up with "Rise'n'Shine" Challenge, are you? <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Not enough energy to write much tonight, sorry. <BR> <BR> Counting on a wonderful day tomorrow! What about you? <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:26:06 EST Thank You All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313239 I want to give a huge <em>304</em> to all my readers who've commented with various suggestions the last few days during this current "flare" of either my fibromyalgia or EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). It's SO ENCOURAGING!!! <BR> <BR> THAT is not something I expected from this... from blogging so often, and about everything - the good, the bad, etc.!!! Sure, I expected it from those who know me here - I knew a few of them would find something good to say to help me not forget my goals he... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:49:26 EST Where to find balance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312113 <em>125</em> So day 3 of this flare and I'm still managing to stick with the Rise'n'Shine Challenge! My exercise is more just stretching... <em>401</em> not pushing any extra weight or reps, just gently moving everything. Walking is harder - but when necessary I use both canes. My joints seem quite unstable and I'm not sure what to do about that yet. Working with arnica, painatrate, replenex, and hot & cold compresses and such to get some relief. <BR> <BR> Really feel like 'throwing ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 00:43:56 EST Just keep going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310850 The flare continues! :( <BR> <BR> But I did get very gentle exercise & a light breakfast before anything else - once I got up and moving. :) Wed, 3 Apr 2013 23:49:44 EST Rise'n'Shine ~ Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309524 <em>245</em> but I didn't rise and shine so well today. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> While I did awaken more or less on time, my body wasn't so willing to rise, or move... and you can just forget about shining! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Something's flaring! Even as I write this I do not know what to call it. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But I did eventually eat breakfast and get at least my 10 mins on the gazelle in before trying to do much else. <BR> <BR> I had to tend some to my sprouting... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 23:00:31 EST First of April ~ Rise'n'Shine!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308229 April 1st ~ First Day of SP RISE & SHINE Challenge! <em>411</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It's beginning to look a like Spring around here (finally) too! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l633235910.jpg"> <BR> This is a glimpse of the beginnings of my container garden this year :) <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> It's also Day 96 in my 100-Day Personal Self-Improvement Plan. <BR> <BR> It's the first day of the second quarter of 2013! <BR> <BR> Time for another 25-poun... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:09:42 EST WHY -> Motivation -> GOAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305374 Spark Coach (which I'm loving more each day) suggests I spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind my fitness and weight-loss goals. (little does he realize what he's asked of me, a writer at heart, one who's contemplated this very thing many times...) ;-) <BR> <BR> "What is your true motivation?" he asked. <BR> <BR> "What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?" he added to prompt a little deeper digging, no doubt. LOL <BR> <BR> As March comes to a clo... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:05:29 EST How Am I Doing? (10 weeks ~ and 88/100) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298817 Back on Jan 13 2013 I began a 10-week challenge connected to my company's 10% weight loss challenge. Ten weeks is done today. I'm down 14 pounds... or just a tad under 5%... or about 50% of my goal. Disappointed. Sad. Want to give up. But I won't - I do not give up!!! <BR> <BR> I've reached Day 88 of my Personal 100-Day Self-Improvement Plan. There were 7 specific items I was going to be working on. I'm happy to say ALL 7 points have seen some improvement! Still about 2 weeks left and... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:44:18 EST First Day of Spring 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293601 Someone forget to tell "Mother Nature" to bring Spring to my little part of the world! <BR> We woke up to NEGATIVE 14 degrees windchills!!! The air temp was 5 or 6 degrees (depending on source). Our high today is 20! Plus, there is AT LEAST a foot of snow on the ground! Some areas still have mounds 2 or 3 times that where the winds have blown the snow. It's pretty. It's calming and serene at times. But, it's enough already! (This is why seasons should not last longer than 3 months!) lo... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:16:26 EST S.M.A.R.T. Adjustments 4 All My Earthly Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277305 March 7, 2013 <BR> Living up to my name! LOL <BR> All of my life I tend to take on things with the attitude of doing it the best that I possibly can. Lately I've been reassessing my attitudes about a lot of things. I think somewhere I got lost. At least in some areas of my life. <BR> I've been allowing so many other things, other people, other activities, just "other stuff" direct what I'm doing. I've just been pinging off whatever else is going on around me. Not that "that" is a bad thing r... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:15:36 EST 10-Weeks=10%Weight Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205838 OK, so today's my official start day for a company-sponsored 10/10 weight loss plan. As I explained in my last blog it's to promote some of their products. I don't plan on focusing on those right now. I do love the products they are promoting; and I will be using them. I just don't want this SP part of it to be something that seems like a "commercial" or something. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So - to start now - I've reset my weight tracker - so it's back to "0" for pounds lost - since this i... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:40:44 EST Spark Coach ~ 100 Day Plan ~ Keep On Going!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201822 OK - I tried the free week of Spark Coach! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> It does have some great perks: I liked the gentle prodding to stay on task. I also liked the videos which seemed to fit perfectly to whatever I wrote about that was making it hard for me to do all I wanted to do. It's pretty easy to use - which is good. <BR> But is it worth the price? <BR> There's where I got stuck - and ultimately the decision was made for me because right now my budget is super tight (working on c... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:20:37 EST SparkCoach ~ What Do You Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178582 So, I'm curious... :) <BR> <BR> Today I decided to tryout SparkCoach! <BR> I need help with motivation, consistency, and staying on track regardless of what's going on in my life at the time. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how long the tree trial is, but I'm already thinking that the next time I get a check deposited I'm going to spend a little to do this for at least one month. :) <BR> <BR> I'm curious who else has tried it and what your experience was/is with it? <BR> Did you find the extra supp... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:38:27 EST Tomorrow IS Today ~ Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144133 For the last few weeks I've been looking at changes to make in my life. I'm sure you've all heard the saying, "Nothing changes if nothing changes." (Sorry, if you haven't) It really is true! If nothing changes then you won't get anything different, really. Life, seriously, is constantly changing; but people, not so much. Some of us get stuck doing the same things over and over and either find change too hard or just don't want to change. There are tons of reasons why people don't change AND... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:40:37 EST Update on First Blog of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081333 Just an update on my last blog post: <BR> While not everything has fallen into place I have to say that having greater focus concerning my prayers quite a lot of positive changes have been going on! <BR> In a few months I've gone from being "matriarch" of a household of 7 to being an equal member of a household of 4 adults (3 being my daughters) ;-) <BR> Stress has reduced tremendously for me! <BR> We moved into a much nicer place to live! <BR> We've decluttered a lot, but aren't done yet. :... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:39:28 EST First Blog for 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955345 For months I've been telling myself I need to get back on track! <BR> Not just with weight loss. <BR> Not just with regaining health. <BR> Not just with simplifying my life. <BR> Not just with finding the right schedule for me. <BR> Not just with regular study habits. <BR> Not just with daily routines. <BR> Not just with building my business. <BR> WITH EVERYTHING - ALL OF THE ABOVE AND THEN SOME! <BR> <BR> WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? <BR> It's like my brain is all scrambled, my heart is all mush, ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:38:23 EST