ANYVAR54's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ANYVAR54 ANYVAR54'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/ Motivating article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543841 I just ran across an article that really motivated me. I want to put the link here so that I can find it again. <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/moti<BR>vation_articles.asp?id=1242 <BR> I Never thought that I would inspire someone. that's the title. It might encourage you too. <BR> Have a good week. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:28:47 EST Two day progress in tracking food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518842 I have been successful in tracking my food now for two days. I am doing it on an app(free) on my phone that my doctor recommended to me "myfitnesspal". <BR> <BR> Today it was interesting when we took our grandson to McDonald's and knowing that I would have to track, and knowing that I want to loose weight, I was tempted, but did not eat any of his french fries, or take a bite of his cheeseburger. I also didn't ask that we get ice cream after. My husband and I each had a grilled chicken-bac... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:25:34 EST What a week of overeating will do to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517668 I admit it I overate this past week. I ate lots of nuts, got candy twice, had salty food, overate on the cheese, etc. Net result a gain of 4.5 lbs. I will not let that deter me, but urge me on to make the changes I need for this week. This week we have to track our food, and I intend to use that as a means to keep me on track, and know what I am eating. And keep me from buying junk to satisfying a craving just because I want to , and making wiser choices. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:02:04 EST End of Week One Fall 5% challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517359 I didn't do well this week as far as eating is concerned. Nor in drinking my water. But I did get in some good workouts. I do plan to work harder next week, and the plan is to track all of our food. I plan to do that with a fitness app that I have on my cell phone that was recommended to me by my doctor. I will be having a easier week schedule wise, and less stress. <BR> <BR> I Plan to plan my meals ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Want to make progress on this challenge. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:15:10 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 6 ~ 8/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449302 I have not been a good girl today. stress again. <BR> <BR> in the night 12 pecans <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> Okio Greek yogurt honey flavor <BR> 2 orange cuties <BR> SNACK <BR> 1/2 gala apple <BR> 2 ghirardelli peppermint bark squares <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> 1/2 serving eggplant Parmesan w/ spaghetti <BR> <BR> Afternoon <BR> Rest of the peppermint bark squares I think 6 or 7 <BR> <BR> DINNER <BR> Romain lettuce - 1 center <BR> 7or 8 cherry tomatoes <BR> 1 TBLS feta cheese <BR> 3 oz rotisserie ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:51:35 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 6 ~ 8/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449301 I have not been a good girl today. stress again. <BR> <BR> in the night 12 pecans <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> Okio Greek yogurt honey flavor <BR> 2 orange cuties <BR> SNACK <BR> 1/2 gala apple <BR> 2 ghirardelli peppermint bark squares <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> 1/2 serving eggplant Parmesan w/ spaghetti <BR> <BR> Afternoon <BR> Rest of the peppermint bark squares I think 6 or 7 <BR> <BR> DINNER <BR> Romain lettuce - 1 center <BR> 7or 8 cherry tomatoes <BR> 1 TBLS feta cheese <BR> 3 oz rotisserie ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:51:34 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 5 ~ 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448146 OK it has not been too bad of a day. Some stress because I decided to travel to see my sister again and there have been lots of issues in making flight arrangements, hotel, car. I drove to my daughters and she helped me with price line to pick a hotel. But it has been a nail biter day. (When will I ever be able to quit?????) <BR> <BR> Total water 76 ounces <BR> total diet coke 20 ounces <BR> <BR> overnight 2 thin slices of provolone cheese <BR> <BR> Breakfast - Curves peanut butter meal... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:57:24 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 4 ~ 8/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446868 SOMETIME TODAY I WENT INTO LEVEL 18. WOW. <BR> I have done pretty well in my eating today. Knowing that I had to write it out here helped me to eat better. <BR> Diet coke <BR> Water 9 1/2 8 oz glasses <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> Mac Donalds egg mc muffin <BR> 2 cups of coffee each with 1 TBLS nestle french vanilla creamer and 1 Truvia <BR> <BR> SNACK <BR> 15 raw almonds <BR> 2 cuties oranges <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> Healthy Choice Roasted Chicken Marsala W/ Mushrooms <BR> additional 2 oz of roasted ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:30:45 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 3 ~ 8/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445774 Well I tracked most of my food today, but I have over eaten, I have been stressed, and I am tired. <BR> <BR> I brought my granddaughter back to her Mom's home, the alarm went off and I didn't know the code. It drove me so batty that I yelled at her when she called to give it to me. She was stressed and tired also. <BR> <BR> I ended up leaving my cell phone there, and I am going to have to pick it up at my SIL's place of work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a better day. I watched ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:06:15 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 2 ~ 8/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444581 BREAKFAST <BR> 8 oz coffee w/ 2 TBLS fat free vanilla coffee creamer 60 cal <BR> 2 Truvia packets <BR> 1 cup fiber one nutty clusters & almonds cereal 180 cal <BR> w/ 1/2 cup 2% milk 65 cal <BR> w 1/2 cup mixed berries 40 cal <BR> morning pills w/ 8 oz water <BR> <BR> 1 bottle of water - 20 oz <BR> SNACK <BR> 1 Curves oats & chocolate snack bar 100 calorie <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> 1 Healthy Choice Baked fettucini alfredo 270 cal <BR> 16 almonds <BR> 1 Roma tomato <BR> <BR> SNACK <BR> 5 Ritz w... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 21:44:20 EST Tracking my food Week 2 day 1 ~ 8/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443581 The challenge for this week is to track our food. I haven't been writing blogs for quite some time, been lacking motivation, busy with grandchildren, hating the heat, eating emotionally. <BR> <BR> Today I set 5 goals for August. <BR> 1 drink 80 + ounces of water. <BR> 2 exercise at least 10 minutes per day ~~~~~ I already go to Curves 3-4 times a week, but have not been consistently exercising on the other days. <BR> 3 Eat 5 vegetable or fruit servings a day <BR> 4 track my food b... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 20:44:15 EST Have you looked at your drivers license picture lately?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386288 My husband and I were at an appointment today where we were asked for our drivers licenses so that they could be copied to be put on file. When mine was returned to me, I took a good look at my picture. <BR> <BR> The picture was taken two years and two months ago. I have lost almost 50 pounds since then. <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> My husband has been telling me over the past few months how he can see my weight loss in my face. And looking at my license I saw it. MY FACE REALLY DOES L... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:32:46 EST Struggling, but not defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371922 I have been having a lot of pain with my joints. It could be that there are just a lot of storms in the air, <em>27</em> <em>54</em> or just my arthritis popping up. <BR> <BR> Also been getting a lot of articles about pain from Spark People about how to deal with pain. <BR> <BR> One way is to continue to MOVE. I have been trying to do that. It will just be what I have to do. <BR> <BR> Tired, that too. <BR> <BR> But I got up and went to Curves early this morning. Got weighed ... Wed, 29 May 2013 21:33:51 EST Organization of my closet - with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367702 I took out my summer clothes and put away my winter clothes. In the process I realized that with my weight loss some of my clothes were just too big now. I came up with three small bags to donate to charity. <BR> <BR> Here are pics of my new closet. (the box on the shelf are my wedding shoes, married 33 yrs in Nov, which my daughter told me to keep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81633632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband installed theses hooks that I got so I c... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:54:11 EST Week 2 of Spring into Summer 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360216 This has been a challenging week. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My computer has been giving me problems. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> My granddaughter (10 mths) has learned to crawl <em>183</em> <BR> <BR> So it has become more physical to watch her. Lots of getting up and down. Lots of lifting her to move her to another place. Lots of physical activity. <em>358</em> for her as well as for me. <BR> <BR> I also decided to clean out my closet. My husband stayed home yesterd... Sat, 18 May 2013 12:58:11 EST What motivates me to Work at living a healthy life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346723 My Grandchildren are my main motivation: <BR> Stryker - age 3, and Madelyn age 9 months <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976827527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Children Andrew W/Stryker, Carol W/Madelyn, Daniel <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550216010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Husband Paul <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411621154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Last but not Least and most important is myself <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:13:54 EST Results of my last 8 week program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334160 In the last 8 weeks I have <BR> Lost 13.25 lbs <BR> Lost a total of 14.75 inches off my body <BR> Lost a total of 1.5 % body fat <BR> Lost 9.020 lbs of body fat <BR> <BR> With a total of 34 work outs at Curves and other exercises at home and walking. <BR> <BR> I am so very encouraged by my progress. I have also been on the 2012 Winter into Spring 5% challenge which just finished. I am so very pumped. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all the leaders of the 5% challenge team, the leaders of the... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:57:23 EST Reflection on my time in 5% Winter into Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329791 Here are my results for this challenge: <BR> 02/23/13 217.5 <BR> 03/02/13 216.5 down 1 lb <BR> 03/09/13 215 down 1.5 total 2.5 <BR> 03/16/13 213 down 2 total 4.5 <BR> 03/23/13 210.5 down 2.5 total 7 lbs <BR> 03/30/13 211 UP .5 TOTAL 6.5 <BR> 04/06/13 208.5 down 2.5 total down 9 lbs (fit into my size 18 jeans!!!!!!) <BR> 04/13/13 208 down .5 total down 9.5 1.5 to loose this week to meet my goal!! <BR> 04/20/13 206 ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:28:55 EST Who do you trust? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329187 I let myself wallow in self pity yesterday. It depressed me, the bombings in Boston, and the blast and fire in West, TX. These events were not immediately touching my life. But I let them effect me. <BR> <BR> Today I meditated on Psalm 34 from the Old Testament of the Bible, and the good LORD reminded me where my trust needs to be. <BR> PSALM 34 <BR> 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; <BR> he delivered me from all my fears. <BR> 5 Those who look to him are radiant; <BR> ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:09:30 EST Please pray for people in West, Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327943 When I moved to TX I didn't understand that West, TX was an actual town. I thought that West TX meant West TX. <BR> <BR> But it is a real town, of 2800 people. Right off of US 35 going between DFW and further south. North of Waco. I heard the boom last night when the fertilizer tanks blew up. I wondered what it was. A few weeks ago there was a similar boom when they blew up a bridge in Ft Worth where they are doing construction. . We were too tired last night to turn on the news,... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:35:55 EST Pacific War Museum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317602 If you live in TX you may know where the Pacific War Museum is located. It is also called The George W Bush Pacific War Museum. When my husband and I first visited this small Hill Country town a couple years ago we asked <em>38</em> What is the Pacific War Museum doing in the middle of Texas? It turns out that this small town is the birthplace of Admiral Chester Nimitz, one of the key players in the War, and the one responsible for helping the Japanese rebuild after the USA dropped th... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:44:51 EST New Vision of my thinner self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314928 My husband and I are on vacation. We brought a couple of DVD's with us to watch in the cottage we are renting. It may be from a scene in the movie, or the towel I had to use this morning which sparked this new vision for my future thinner self. <BR> <BR> Let me go back, for years I have used a beach towel when I shower. Regular Bath towels stopped fitting around my body years ago. It's just something I gravitated to. <BR> <BR> In one scene in the movie Enchanted, Giselle, the fair... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:14:04 EST Progress in Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307651 At the beginning of my Winter into Spring 5% challenge I blogged about my goal of increasing my steps to 10,000 / day. This has been a real challenge for me. Before I even started, there were days that I barely got in 500 steps. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <BR> I don't run, because I had my knees replaced, but I can walk, and I can step in place. <BR> I started by doing 5000 steps a day. <BR> I am n... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:06:49 EST Progress in weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302644 I want to update you all in how I have been doing. Today it was 4 weeks since I started the Curves Complete program, and I had my measurements done. <BR> MEASUREMENTS 2/22/2013 3/27/2013 RESULT <BR> Bust~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 43.00~~~~~~~~~ 42.75~~~~~~ -0.25 <BR> Waist~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 36.50~~~~~~~~~ 34.00 ~~~~~~~ -2.50 <BR> Abdomen~~~~~~~~~~~~48.50~~~~~~~~~~45.75~<BR>~~~~~ -2.75 <BR> Hip~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 50.25~~~~~~~~~ 48.75~~~~~~~--1.50 <BR> Arm~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~13.50~~~~~... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:29:13 EST Progress in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288264 First, I feel like I am making progress in my every day life. Today I watched my granddaughter at home again. Between feeding, entertaining, changing diapers, I was able to move a book shelf, sort through some books, and clean some more in my pantry. <BR> Our local Half Price Books store is having a collection of books for kids, and I found some that I want to donate to that. And then I have other books that I want to keep, and some that need to be prepared to donate (Names have to be scr... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:56:32 EST Lunch with my Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285590 Okay, my son and I were supposed to meet at a local deli for lunch at 12:30. I got there first, the place was packed, which it usually is at lunch time. I ordered my lunch (a cajun shrimp caesar salad) (I didn't eat much of the dressing) and got in line to wait for a table for my son and I and texted him that I was in line. It took a while. I think I got a table about 12::45. He arrived. and he was taking care of something on his cell phone. (He is moving soon, and had to send a new... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:06:25 EST W2 D7 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279286 I am not sure what question I am supposed to answer. I have had a good week, but today I have lost my energy. <BR> I brought my GD home to my house so that I could get some work done here. <BR> I started to clean out my pantry. I found a lot of food that was way past expiration. <BR> I put together 3 bags of food to take to the food collection for the local food pantry. <BR> But I am still not done. <BR> <BR> Going through this process has taught me something. When I had a family wi... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:02:33 EST W2 D6 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277683 I really am pumped. I have increased energy, am learning to enjoy my exercise. This morning I took my GD on another walk down to the park, and back to her house. I have to admit that I was loosing energy, but I missed her house and went a bit further than I was supposed to. Walked 40 minutes and have since done a 5 minute walking in place, and I get in lots of steps at this house walking from the LR to her BR and into the kitchen, out to the garage, anyway, <BR> <BR> My goal to increase ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:29:19 EST w2 d5 5%winter to spring challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275911 Well today was my weigh in day at Curves. I has been since Feb 23 that I started this program. I lost 6.5 lbs in the time frame. Last week was a metabolism charge. I am pumped. Also with my positive affirmation that every lb lost takes away 4 lbs of pressure on my knees, I have decreased the pressure on my knees by 26.5 lbs over the past two weeks. Now I consider that to be a lot of pressure, and I can already feel better in my legs. this is going to work. <BR> <BR> <BR> I also wo... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:37:45 EST W2 D4 5% Winter into Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274926 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> Today I will cover Q4. I have been doing quite well. I am extremely encouraged. My metabolism seems to have increased, and I seem to have more energy. ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:57:05 EST Wk 2 D 3 5%Win to Spr challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272719 Questions to answer this week: <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> Today I will start with # 3 <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? here is a picture I took o... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:54:37 EST Week 2 Day 2 5% Winter into Spring challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271470 I was supposed to blog about a habit that I want to develop. This week I am supposed to answer the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> So today I will answer ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:45:46 EST End of Week 1 Winter into Spring 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269874 I did well this past week. The diet I started on Monday. I went to Curves 4 times this week. I walked, and walked in place on the other days, and made it to over 5000 steps in all but one day. I only cheated on the diet a little bit. And it has been hard because I have been hungry. <BR> <BR> `I LOST 1 ONE POUND!!!!! <BR> <BR> I want to add that the greatest help has been my husband. He has been supportive all the way. Encouraging me to exercise, to eat right, asking if it would both... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:30:58 EST WOW WOW WOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261319 The only word I can use is WOW. Curves has come up with the most wonderful way for me to track my food, make a menu and go shopping. <BR> It isn't a competition to SP because it is just going to be my way of tracking. I am still staying on Spark. <BR> and I joined Curves from an advertisement for a free week on SP. <BR> <BR> I joined Curves Complete. and I start my program on Monday morning. To prepare, I had to set my menu with the Curves Complete website, which I did last night, and I... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:07:40 EST Early Morning Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260239 I don't EVER get up early to exercise. But I had to get my weigh in today at Curves, and my daughter is having company tonight, so it was easier for her if I didn't bring my granddaughter to my house, so early I rose. <BR> The alarm was set for 6:35, but I hit the snooze a couple of times. I dressed, ate my oatmeal quickly, and left the house to 34 degrees outside. I got to Curves, had my measurements, haven't had time to look at them yet, and worked out. <BR> <BR> But I just did not ha... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:11:15 EST About to Reach 50,000 Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259342 Including this blog I will have gotten 113 points today. <BR> I have 97 points left to reach the next level with 50,000 points. <BR> I used to have days when I worked at getting as many points as possible, but now I just let it happen. <BR> On Saturday the 5% Winter challenge begins, and I am looking forward to it. <BR> I am looking forward to loosing the weight, and being more active, and being challenged by my fellow team mates on the Beautiful Butterflies. <BR> Let's go. and Let's do... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:19:48 EST 5% Winter into Spring challenge eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255098 Ok, I exercise at Curves, and have been since last April. This past week I received my 100 Workout Tee shirt. Every one clapped for me, and it was very encouraging. <BR> <BR> But for the next six months I am going to be doing Curves Complete, which includes a diet plan, a menu, a shopping list, a weekly weigh in and meeting with a coach, a new pedometer with encouragement to weekly increase your steps. Starting with 5000 steps a day, (which on most days I have managed) adding 500 steps ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:19:20 EST Unconditional Love - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250937 A group of women in the Christian Women With Depression team is studying the book "Unglued - Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions" by Lysa Terkeurst. I worked on our thread for chapter 3 today. It is titled "The Prisoners" and is basically about the labels that we have believed about ourselves either from others or from ourselves in the past, and how we can break free from those labels. <BR> This is how I answered part of the question today: <BR> <BR> The label that I had the... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:27:23 EST Response to ~INDYGIRL blog of 2-13-2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250466 I just read ~INDYGIRL's blog and this is how I answered her, I felt I needed to copy it here for myself. <BR> Thank you Beth. Well written. thought provoking. I didn't read your last, but I do like myself. <BR> I am loyal to others, so I need to be loyal to myself. <BR> I have energy to have fun with my grandchildren, so I need to take time to have energy for myself. <BR> I am artistic, find ways to use that artistic side for myself. <BR> I have already succeeded in loosing 35 lbs, so I ca... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:47:21 EST pictures of quilts I made for my husband's nieces, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244503 It was in Nov, at Thanksgiving time that I finished the quilts that I had promised my husbands nieces. It took longer than I had expected, and I am slow at downloading pictures. I haven't felt much like doing blogs, until now. So here are the pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359099044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738004801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still have a quilt that I started for my younger son that I need to finish... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:20:02 EST Winter 5% challenge assignment 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244381 I am joining the Winter 5% challenge which is starting soon. I have gained 7 lbs since the start of the Fall 5% challenge. Not good results. And I have struggled to come up with why. But in just the past two days, I have come to have a recommitment to these challenges. I need to loose weight, and I am planning to do so in this commitment. <BR> My assignment 1 is to on my Spark Page write up my Winter 5% Challenge Commitment. So here goes, and I will add this to my front page as well. How... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:25:49 EST Winter 5% challenge assignment 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244296 Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> I want to be able to play with my grandchildren as they grow <BR> to be able to attend their events when they are older and participate if it requires it <BR> to have more energy <BR> to lower my choles... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:37:32 EST 3 day success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220923 I have been to Curves three days in a row now. Last week I made all kinds of excuses why I didn't need to, or couldn't but this week my attitude just seems to be different, and I have been successful. <BR> It feels good and I am happy to have been able to do it. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:23:07 EST Blessings from 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184899 Taking this idea from a friend on SP: <BR> 2 beautiful grandchildren - GS 2 yrs 9 mths and GD 5 mths <BR> 3 grown, mature children <BR> 1 mature, handsome, loving SIL <BR> 1 beautiful, talented, loving DIL <BR> 1 handsome loving DH who supports me <BR> A house more than adequate for my DH & my needs, all paid for <BR> A Wonderful MIL, who I adore, and I know adores me, although she lives 600 miles away <BR> A loving church family, a great Pastor & wife <BR> God & His Word to me - the Bible ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:43:24 EST What to do when I am tempted to BUY unhealthy foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130590 1. RUN <BR> 2. Call a friend <BR> 3. Carry a bottle of water with me into the store so that I can drink it and not be hungry. <BR> 4. Eat before I go shopping. <BR> 5. Carry my raw almonds in my purse, and eat a few right there as I stare at the cheetos, and bags of M & M's, or reese's peanut butter cups. <BR> 6. Remember that I want to Loose weight, not gain it. <BR> 7. Go to the produce section and pick out a healthy apple, go pay for it, leave the store, eat it and then return to ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:39:00 EST It Has been awhile. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126722 I have not posted since mid October. I just haven't had anything worthwhile to say. Not that I wouldn't want to. <BR> I have so enjoyed my wonderful grandchildren. My grandson is speaking so much better, loves to color, loves to play with his grandfather, is settling into the room I fixed up for him and other grandchildren to sleep in when they are here. There is a loft in there, and right now he takes his naps (or memes as his partial Spanish Mom calls them) on a futon mattress that is ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 22:51:50 EST End of Week 1 Fall 5% challeng http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098133 It has been hard for me to keep up with things this week. <BR> I had multiple family members over this week. My MIL and BIL were in town to visit and see the grand kids. It was a fun time. Three days together. Three dinners, which my oldest son prepared main dishes for the first two, and my daughter had us over for the third. It was busy. <BR> On Thursday night after everyone was gone, my husband and I said, "Now we know what your mother feels like when all the family goes home". Busy,... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 23:18:09 EST Setting realistic goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089481 I just read a daily digest on setting realistic goals. I wanted to post the picture that came along with it, and check myself out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125785617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I had already forgotten the title. It was SMART goals: <BR> S - Specific <BR> M - Measurable <BR> A - Achievable <BR> R - Realistic <BR> T - Timely <BR> <BR> Will check this out tomorrow and update with my current goals. <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:53:21 EST New grandchildren pictures 9/27/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077774 I watched my new granddaughter three times this week. Tues Carol had a DR appointment, Wed morning she had to go to work for a health assessment, and to see her boss, and Wed night she & hubby went out to dinner. Madelyn took a bottle on Wed morning. (Of breast milk) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733176914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603013556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205790540.jpg... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:03:37 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073617 List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> 1. lack of planning. Hectic life style. too much time on SP. Too many emails to respond to. <BR> ~~~~ I have weaned my friends list, and my teams that I am a part of. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:43:59 EST