ASOBFALLS's SparkPeople Blog ASOBFALLS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community October 15...Progress on the Appalachian Trail I have added a few friends so here we are October 15th <BR> MKBWNSUGAR is .....................K <BR> KSNANA and MOWINELADY ......J <BR> CAROLINA GIRL....................H <BR> Asobfalls and Losingforme16.......F <BR> MOGAL.................................C <BR> Sunflowergal40................B <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:16:48 EST October 1...progress on Appalachian Trail It is good to see the progress on the Virtual walk of the Appalachian Trail. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I is MoWineLady <BR> G is CarolinaGirl <BR> F is four of us! LosingForMe16; FoxyGrandma; Joyce; and MistiD <BR> B is MoGal <BR> A is SUNFLOWERGAL40 <BR> <BR> If you are on Walking4Fun and give me your trail name or number, I will add you <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:38:35 EST Friends on the Appalachian Trail Virtually walking the Appalachian Trail on Walking 4 Fun. Here is a map. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> B is MissouriGirl <BR> D is Therwin (has not tracked since July 31 and will be removed) <BR> E is Joyce <BR> F is Mistidawn and Traci F ... they are 3 miles apart! <BR> I is Jean Anne <BR> <BR> Other Spark People can let me know your walking 4 fun name/num... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:27:42 EST Bolivar Rocks We are having such fun this summer in Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. Population 10,111 <BR> <BR> The local 'art group' decided to encourage "Art in Public Places" by painting rocks and hiding them around town to be found by others. <BR> When you find a painted rock you can <BR> 1) take a picture and post to Facebook <BR> 2) leave it for others to enjoy <BR> 3) take it home with you <BR> 4) hide it in a new spot <BR> <BR> The Facebook group is up to 5,000 So with half the population parti... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:50:13 EST Menstrual Hygiene Day is May 28 5-28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day <BR> Because the 'Average' woman menstruates 5 days every 28 day cycle <BR> How important is it to you to have clean water for cleansing? privacy? safe products to use in absorbing the flow? <BR> <BR> Thousands, yes, THOUSANDS of women in the world do not have access to these. Many girls cannot attend school during their periods. <BR> <BR> After boarding school girls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, I began to work on the theme "Keep Girls in School". <B... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:59:07 EST Depression caused by weight loss??? Read an interesting Spark People article..."Does Weight Loss Lead to Depression" <BR> <BR> I would like to recommend this to your reading list as we are a group aware of depression. <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2072 </link> <BR> <BR> They fill out information on these 4 points <BR> 1)Deprivation <BR> 2) the Hunger Hormone ghrelin <BR> 3)fat toxin POPs....this was new and interesting to me <BR> 4)unrealistic expectations <BR> <BR> It also includes... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:01:08 EST Have you had enough of unrealistic beauty standards? About 2 years ago I did some on line reading and changed my wardrobe ... and how I think about 'beauty' <BR> Dressing Your Truth is an online, do-it-yourself <BR> makeover program that helps you discover <BR> your unique type of beauty and gives you the <BR> tools to create your distinct, personal style. <BR> It's a journey to greater confidence in who <BR> you are and how you express yourself. <BR> You'll feel beautiful, inside and out. <BR> <link> </link> <... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:26:48 EST Soles for Africa Soles for Africa <BR> <BR> What does your family do with outgrown, unwanted but still basically useable shoes? <BR> <BR> Children who go barefoot cannot attend school; that is a rule in Tanzania. <BR> <BR> "This shipment alone will give every child in our village two used, very usable pairs of school shoes, and some young university level students in Arusha the necessary leather shoes they need to attend advanced classes." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>611.pd... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:19:00 EST Be aware of COPD in November Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease <img src=""> <BR> <BR> COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. At this time there is no cure, and the number of people dying from COPD is growing. <BR> <BR> There ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:30:33 EST Anyone like "Wrist Warmers"? At the Renaissance Faire in Kansas City, I saw some awesome 'sweater dresses'and then some wrist warmers. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Teen-agers I know are always sticking a thumb through the cuff seam to keep hands warm while texting. So, would this make a great Christmas gift for teenagers? one made from fleece an... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:26:57 EST Moving Dad to Assisted Living...part 1 After military service and college, Dad went to Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa with goal of starting a Christian Radio station. He surveyed and built a road, surveyed the land and cut away the jungle with his crew of laborers.... the Radio Station started broadcasting in 1954, later they build a hospital and a school. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In 2014 they used the school ball field to build the special Ebola ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:11:28 EST Global Menstrual Hygiene Day 5-28 For about 5 days out of every 28 days.....every healthy woman has a menstrual period. <BR> <BR> Some of us have pain and discomfort, some have no sanitary supplies to help them manage the flow. <BR> some of us have to stay home and hide until it is over. This disrupts school, and work. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Shares a vision: To create a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way – wherever she is – in privacy, safe... Thu, 28 May 2015 12:03:52 EST Surprise hidden in Genealogy Did Genealogy 30 years ago...found lots of interesting things and verified the truth of the family history that was passed down verbally. <BR> Then my house burned down and I lost it all...Done with Genealogy... <BR> <BR> Well my nieces and nephews are interested in NOT losing the family lore. So I looked into it. <BR> <em>345</em> It is a whole new world now with the!! <BR> <BR> So I was looking up Gr Grandfather's first wife...pulled up Death Certificates for Margaret Keller i... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:29:36 EST Most Amazing Mother's Day Gift The most amazing Mother's Day Gift: unexpected, unplanned, sweet. <BR> <BR> I was served communion wine by my son for the first time! <BR> <BR> It has always been a special thing for me to notice who is passing me the communion bread/wine. For the many many years in the Episcopal look up into the eyes of a friend as they say "the blood of Christ. Given for you" The bread is given by the priest. But the wine is served by a lay person. Often that has been my hubby, <BR> But Eri... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:02:43 EST Hope this makes you smile! We have replaced our Red Buick which had close to 300,000 miles and was needing something repaired every week or so. <BR> Pretty little Silver Ford's name is 'Missie' <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I hope that is what the Permanent Marker message above the visor means.... <BR> Hubby's name IS Lee, but mine is JOYCE! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:27:55 EST My 'service' dog My dog thinks he is a service dog....yesterday licked hubby until he got up from napping and came out to the kitchen. <BR> " No, I already fed him. Check your blood sugar".....52 (way too low, could have a seizure) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby has recently been complaining 'He follows me around, has to be wherever I am." <BR> It makes me feel so much better to go off to work knowing my dog is staying with him and will get "... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:20:08 EST Person of the Year...Time Magazine Some of my family history: my parents surveyed and cut from the jungle (back in 1953) the property in Liberia to make ELWA radio. <BR> Later a hospital and school were built. <BR> Fast track to 2014 and Doctor's Without Borders built the biggest hospital to treat EBOLA on the school ball field....We truly do not know what will happen when we choose to follow the Voice of God. <BR> We choose to do each day what has been assigned for us. We do not know the end results. <BR> <BR> <link>time... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:59:23 EST Focused prayer to end EBOLA is Sept29-Oct5 My parents were in the group who built the radio station ELWA back in 1954. A hospital was later built nearby and they are in the middle of this EBOLA outbreak. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ytoendebola?source=feed_text&story_id=<BR>974288635922048 </link> <BR> <BR> It is important to me that prayer be focused on EBOLA this week because we have a GOD who answers prayer. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:49 EST Need new motivation to work on my health I have not been doing well since I totally disrupted my life to go be with my sister when her husband died. <BR> Eating all the sweets at work.... <BR> No strength training <BR> Reduced intensity of the cardio. <BR> <BR> Only put on 2 pounds...but, we are going into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I have GOT to get a hold of the mindset. <BR> A challenge? A buddy? how to put some care and effort back into my health? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:16:04 EST Pray for all those caring for Ebola patients This is what properly equipped medical personnel look like when caring for Ebola patients <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why Ebola is spreading so badly...people do not have what they need and then they contract the virus themselves. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for those caring for the ill. Pray for governments and businesses to provide needed supplies, pray for this disease to be... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:05:41 EST SparkVersary !! 3 Years now on Spark People <BR> <BR> Time I use on it is my biggest complaint.... and that is will power. Better to be on the computer rather than eating! <BR> <BR> The tracking is important as it keeps me going...Fruits & Vegetables..Bible Reading....Exercise and Cardio. This is the easiest tracking system I have seen...and It is free. <BR> <BR> The TEAM community...takes a lot of time to maintain. But I would feel I was letting down some friends if I drop some teams... Trying to mak... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:15:35 EST Pray for these Brave Young Women.. Please continue to pray for the young women abducted from their boarding school over 2 months ago in Nigeria. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Add prayers for the safety of the young women and men who have bravely returned to their schools for the Summer Term which is just starting. <link><BR>meet-the-courageous-nigerian-schoolgir<BR>ls-who-remain-defiant-despite-horrific<BR>-islamist-threat/ </link> <BR... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:02:43 EST Real Young Women abducted...45 days ago Did you know 45 days ago....230 real young women were abducted from their boarding school during the night. Here are a link that helped me to think in terms of individual girls rather than one sad event. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>inging-the-nigerian-girls-into-view/?_<BR>php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:06:10 EST Stand Alone, if necessary So I attended a Rally in support of the Nigerian families ...BRING BACK OUR GIRLS <BR> I made signs to wear in 'sandwich' style, I dressed in one of my African fabric outfits with a red Tee shirt. <BR> I arrived at the designated place and time. <BR> No one else was there....that is, no one wearing red and carrying a sign. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I stayed, talked to people who walked by. Called out "Please pray for the kidnapped girls"... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:35:18 EST Video of abducted Nigerian girls...we pray and pray NEW on May 12.....Picture of 130 girls in one place able to sit, stand, talk. This brings hope of a rescue for some being possible. <link><BR>jAsOaNg&feature=share </link> News story comes from BBC which is well respected. <BR> However, parents have not yet been shown the video for a chance to identify if these are the abducted girls. <BR> <BR> Please continue to pray and share on social media <img src=" Mon, 12 May 2014 12:05:41 EST #Bring Back Our Girls <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>oop/2014/05/nigeria-girls-abucted-marr<BR>iage/ </link> <BR> <BR> 230 girls between 12 & 17 were abducted from their boarding school in North East Nigeria (West Africa) on April 16th. <BR> 43 were able to break free of captors and return ... OVER 150 remain captured, enslaved, ?? <BR> <BR> Million Women March happening now (Wed April 30) in Nigeria's capitol of Abuja... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:02:34 EST This is National 'Princess Week', who is the Princess in your life? Reprinted this Blog for National Princess Week 2014. originally: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 <BR> <BR> As a child I was taught to pray to my 'Heavenly Father' using both my own words and The Lord's Prayer. <BR> If my Father is the King of Kings, then I am a Princess. What qualities does a Princess have? How about the 'Fruits of the Spirit': love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that sounds good! <BR> <BR> <link>www.whatchristians... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:07:30 EST Deadliest creature on earth.... The deadliest creatures on earth...kill one child every minute night and day 365.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-way-to-honor-world-malaria-day </link> <BR> <BR> The Mosquito. <BR> <BR> Today, April 25 in World Malaria Day/Malaria No More <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How we can help <link> </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:59:36 EST Following the Star Following the an online Advent Devotional. here is the Link <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> During this busy time of year "10 Days until Christmas" oh my! Office parties, <em>144</em> <em>460</em> decorating, <em>446</em> cooking, <em>471</em> cleaning <em>542</em> ....visiting family <em>251</em> much is going on. <BR> <BR> My wish for you is to take a few quiet minutes each day and consider the Coming of Christ. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:13:15 EST Part II of Take Teddy Bear to Work I entered the house after work (about midnight) knowing Hubby was out of town overnight. <BR> "It is really going to be lonely tonight" I said as I turned on the bedroom light. <BR> But NO. I found.... <img src=""> <BR> Star Trek Bear complete with oxygen tubing (just like Hubby) <BR> <BR> So when Hubby returned the next afternoon, he found.... <img src=""> <BR> Star Trek Bear with c... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:36:19 EST October 11..Take your Teddy Bear to Work ...national celebration day. I have two stories but they need pictures so BLOG time! <em>334</em> Here is the first. Tomorrow Part II <BR> <BR> I had picked up some stuffed animals at a garage donate to a children's hospital unit. While the light colored ones were in the washing machine, the dark colored ones were sitting in laundry basket jail waiting their turn. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I turned from loading the dish washer and stepp... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:15:56 EST Spending less time on Spark People Hi friends, <BR> I see the proverbial 'writing on the wall'. I have been tracking on SparkPeople for over two years...I have branched out into Teams and made Friends. <BR> I have maintained my goal weight. <BR> <BR> But....I cannot continue to spend 90minutes a day on my computer. <BR> Also....I need to change and begin tracking where my employer wants me to track because they will give me up to $1,000 in a debit account usable for medical expenses. I am coveting that money. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:01:50 EST I'm a lucky woman to have this Hubby! Hubby went with me to hold my hand at the Dentist yesterday. <BR> After the DDS, we stopped for a Frosty at Wendys....and, having noticed a sewing machine store across the parking lot, I began talking about my sewing machine being OLD and I have had to put a piece of Duct tape over one of the controls to get it to stay in place etc etc... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Hubby took me across the parking lot....then the magic <em>188</em> <... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:28:03 EST Awesome sister Barbara... <img src=""> This was at the wedding of a nephew in 2009. Barbara is a wonderful woman with a challenging job but had been letting life 'just happen'. <BR> <BR> 'BK' got serious about her health when she had to add diabetic pills to her hypertension meds...joined a gym and then hired a personal trainer. Next picture is when I visited her in 2011. Also gave her the pink suit I was wearing in Picture one! <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:15:28 EST Am I a 'Princess' ? I don't feel like a Princess.... As a child I was taught to pray to my 'Heavenly Father' using both my own words and The Lord's Prayer. <BR> If my Father is the King of Kings, then I am a Princess. What qualities does a Princess have? How about the 'Fruits of the Spirit': love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that sounds good! <BR> <link><BR>it-of-the-spirit-list-with-descriptions/ </link> <BR> <BR> What does a Princess d... Wed, 1 May 2013 01:28:35 EST About me....A - Z A. Are you artistic? <BR> yes, crafts, sewing NOT drawing, music, dance <BR> <BR> B. What is your favorite band? <BR> -?- <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Light orchid....fancy name for purple <BR> <BR> D. If you were not a nurse, what would your dream job be? <BR> Retired Grandma! <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> ? Husband ? <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Latest Star Trek one... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:02:01 EST High risk of suicide this season...'words of depression' follow I copied this from a depressed lady friend. I cry inside reading it...especially this time of year. I know of no response beyond prayer. <BR> Perhaps there are others on teams for Depression who have felt this way in the past. Or these could be your words today. Please share with me and allow me to pray for you as well. <BR> Joyce <BR> <BR> I HATE BEING ALIVE <BR> <BR> I HATE WAKING UP EVERY MORNING AND KNOWING I HAVE TO FACE ANOTHER F_____ DAY AND FIGURE OUT SOMETHING USELESS TO DO WITH ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:54:18 EST Snack with your LEFT hand... My sis sent me this quote: <BR> <BR> First for Women magazine <BR> To outsmart food temptation, especially around leftover Halloween candy, try nibbling using your non-dominant hand. Researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles found that switching hands helped women effortlessly cut their calorie intake by 30%. The theory: eating with your clumsier hand slows you down, giving your body time to produce appetite-taming compounds! <BR> <BR> 30% less!! <em>40</em> Oh... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:23:18 EST Let Paul & Silas be your Role Models Sunday started like one of those days when you should just get back in bed and put the pillow over your head and block out the whole day. <em>102</em> <BR> When I first got up and entered the shower, my dog couldn't find me to help him so he got up on my bed and puked. <em>200</em> Oh yeah, can't get back into THAT bed! <BR> The rest of the day included things like dropping my newly made 'flipper' (a dental thing) which broke <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Locked my keys inside the car...... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:05:28 EST Link for Ovarian CA Awareness <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It is late in September to be starting this....but better late than never. <BR> <BR> My Gr Grandmother died at 47 of ovarian cancer <BR> My Mother died at 69 of ovarian caner <BR> <BR> I have had both ovaries removed at age 44....which VeraMae's oncologist said was NOT an absolute preventive for getting the cancer! But I did it anyway. <img src=""> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:32:24 EST 10,000 Fitness Minutes ?!? 10,000 Fitness Minutes! Wow! I had no idea I could do that in less than one year! SparkPeople tracking keeps tabs on these things! It happened so slowly, 15 minutes one day and hour another and now, on a day I was totally unaware....the announcement comes: 10,000 FITNESS MINUTES! <BR> <BR> What changes happen in the Spiritual Life with 15 minutes of Bible reading one day, 40 on another, 20 of prayer, praying through my prayer cards another day....No one keeps track of these and there i... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:17:39 EST Never Quit Pledge Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:56:58 EST 9 Months on SparkPeople 9 Months on Spark People Now <BR> <BR> My how the time flies!! The BIG evaluation <em>193</em> <em>301</em> will come at 1 Year. <BR> I have made 1,000 fitness minutes in both February and March. Want to keep that goal <em>292</em> for the next few months as well. <BR> I completed my first 5K and was awarded 2nd place in my age and gender em>109</em> <BR> <BR> Gained the 4 pounds back over Easter! So now it is 8 back to the healthy BMI <BR> However, I have been having wonderfu... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:28:47 EST 6 Months on SparkPeople Now that I have been a Spark for 6 months, I need to evaluate. <BR> <BR> COSTS....The website is available for free, which is amazing. Requires a quality computer system which my husband likes to have up and running anyway. Has eaten up between 350 and 500 hours of my time. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> BENEFITS....I have lost 4 pounds <em>193</em> and 4 inches <em>30</em> . Improved balance, flexibility, and endurance. Because I can track my Bible reading, I am more consistent with it. ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:19:00 EST Epiphany EPIPHANY ...A sudden insight or revelation. We remember the arrival of the Wise Men who followed the stars to arrive in Bethlehem and worship the young child Jesus.. . . .Jesus come to set his people free. The Magi symbolize all of us in time and distance, worshiping the Christ Child. Thus we know, as fact, that the Savior Jesus is for the whole population of the world. <BR> <BR> Epiphany...enlightenment, understanding, perception, insight. <BR> A candle lighting a room. The Dawn afte... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 02:01:42 EST 2012 Goal: Read through the Bible this year Why do I want to read through the Bible this year? What will I gain? <BR> Psalm 119 presents these 7 Benefits from Bible reading (study) <BR> 1) Bring me back to God vs 176 <BR> 2) Give me peace vs 165 <BR> 3) Guide my steps vs 105 <BR> 4) Will lift my burdens vs 28 <BR> 5)Keep me from sin vs 11 <BR> 6) Bring me Joy vs 111 <BR> 7) Lead me to Wisdom vs 130......Are these worth having? YES <BR> <BR> How to accomplish this? 1189 chapters in the Bible. Between 3 and 4 chapters a day will reach... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:45:38 EST Happy New Year May we each learn in 2012 what God has for us to learn. I would like to learn it the easy was! <em>20</em> <BR> Joyce <em>445</em> Rejoice on the 8th Day of Christmas Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:24:44 EST One chameleon short... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I bought one chameleon for each grandson from <link> </link> See picture. These were beaded in Rwanda, Africa. <BR> I have been buying one Christmas Tree Ornament for each grandchild every year. They should have a nice collection by the time they leave home. In recent years I have been able to buy something made in Africa or reminding me of Africa. Hoping that they will have something ... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 14:59:08 EST I want a HIPPOPOTAMUS for Christmas... I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas....lalala...Only a hippopotamus will do! <BR> <BR> I first heard this song when I was about 7 years old. I found it on a CD the other day when I was ringing bells for Salvation Army. And it has been playing in my head ever since. <BR> Catchy tune, ridiculous words. <BR> <BR> Also have been thinking about goal setting.. <BR> 1) the annual Advent thoughts about preparing my heart for Jesus: filling in the holes, reducing the pride, straightening my pat... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:56:05 EST And Comfort Sounds I just created a sound which I have not heard in 13 years. On this date, 13 years ago, My House burned down. So the tool used to create this sound was gone. <BR> I grew up hearing this sound all the time as my mother 'canned' vegetables which Dad grew in the garden. Within a couple years of my own marriage, I purchased...... <BR> ....................a pressure cooker.................................. <BR> There is a distinctive, rhythmical hissing sound as the pressure valve rocks back and ... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:35:07 EST