BARBIE176's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARBIE176 BARBIE176'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/ Shining Brightly 1-16-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452465 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acbb99e6-1b4e-47c0-8077-2f78c8dee40f.jpg"> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:25:33 EST Shooting Stars Week 2 Landing Badge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452464 <em>244</em> we have landed in the Everglades. Now the fun begins. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07d15020-d383-42d5-a1a2-da6181ab6be3.png"> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:24:02 EST Shooting Stars Landing Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451901 <em>244</em> I helped the Shooting Stars have a <em>250</em> start to week 2 of the Winter challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be290ae5-77d1-42e0-a161-cac19cd1c81b.png"> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:48:19 EST Shooting Stars Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451900 Week one of the Winter 5% challenge was successful in all aspects except reaching my 5% goal by the end of the challenge. Tightening up my nutrition choices during week 2. <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19ec32ca-7788-45ab-8d1f-de0c745e1d58.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b85435c-f26d-4b32-bafe-3511d360d8a8.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e296c1a3-73ce-... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:45:33 EST Shining Brightly 1-14-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451587 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/080771b2-e907-4d5d-8aa0-ec0f0315b2e4.jpg"> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:32:55 EST Shining Brightly 1-13-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ce9394c-14d2-4933-a3fd-b1873a664774.jpg"> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:15:53 EST Shining Brightly 1-11-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450439 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5c4ae1e-7d79-40e1-952e-cb35712c6145.jpg"> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:34:30 EST Shining Brightly Week 1 Shooting Stars Landing Badge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450062 <em>244</em> We made it to Jerusalem and I helped us get there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b18f1fa-e213-422c-a707-0d3b5035169d.png"> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:08:06 EST Shining Brightly 1-10-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70ad3e85-42fa-44ad-ae21-c3650c1e0ee5.jpg"> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:03:24 EST Shining Brightly 1-9-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449654 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d28c726d-c833-415f-8e19-180fce96610e.jpg"> Tue, 9 Jan 2018 23:28:02 EST Shining Brightly 1-8-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44b1f09c-6299-4526-a932-2a8ffa15b06f.jpg"> Mon, 8 Jan 2018 22:12:02 EST Shining Brightly 1-7-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448757 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f215a32f-dae2-4fa2-969a-a4ffcdb04c0b.jpg"> Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:06:44 EST Saturday Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dd86740-a83a-40a6-a8bd-cf1414b49b98.jpg"> Sat, 6 Jan 2018 12:43:37 EST My 10 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447416 10 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight <BR> <BR> 1. To be in less pain <BR> 2. To be able to walk upstairs without being out of breath and in pain <BR> 3. To be healthier <BR> 4. To have more energy <BR> 5. So my clothes fit better <BR> 6. To be able to work in my yard <BR> 7. So I don’t mind seeing myself in pictures <BR> 8. To be healthier overall. <BR> 9. To feel more confident. <BR> 10. To feel sexy <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 23:00:00 EST Aspire to Inspire - January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446934 For our Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges our blog assignment is to write about our progress for last month and our goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Last month I didn't really set any goals so it is hard to review them. I do know that I struggled a lot with the temptations of sweets between Thanksgiving and New Year. <BR> <BR> My goals for January are: <BR> <BR> Lose 4 pounds by: <BR> <BR> a. Drink a minimum of 10 glasses of water daily <BR> b. Making nutritious choices daily. <BR> c. Li... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 22:48:10 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - 2017 Biggest Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444195 For our December Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge we are to blog about working on our struggle this month, how did it go? Did you learn anything helpful about you or your struggle to help you in the future? Blog about your plans for the coming year! Do you have a plan B ?? How do you plan to handle setbacks? <BR> <BR> My biggest struggle during 2017 was consistency, both in exercise and in nutrition. <BR> <BR> As for consistency in exercise, i think I have learned that I need to "JUST DO IT... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:52:07 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - Go Caroling Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b9b4913-cdf1-434c-8ca1-0a3abd4df2a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week our blog assignment for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges is: December 20 is Go Caroling Day. Have you ever gone caroling or sung in a Christmas concert? Did you enjoy it? What are some of your favorite Christmas carols? <BR> <BR> When my children were growing up, our church traditionally went caroling and then met at someone’s house for cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. M... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 01:02:52 EST Week 8 Landing Badge - Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435638 <em>244</em> the Shooting Stars have landed in Washington, D.C. I am going to enjoy the sights of our wonderful capitol during the holidays. What could be more exciting? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7c103db-a2a1-4233-abc1-b823dc2ef729.png"> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:20:25 EST Week 7 Trailblazer - Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433611 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56d43d38-38f7-4753-9a3f-62e0944d677f.png"> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:20:39 EST Aspire to Inspire - Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431794 Our assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge: November 15 is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. What are some of your favorite staples that you have in your refrigerator? <BR> <BR> 1. Eggs <BR> 2. Grapes <BR> 3. Apples <BR> 4. Loaded Breakfast Muffins in the freezer <BR> 5. Dole Endless Summer Salad Kit <BR> 6. Prunes <BR> 7. Dave’s Killer Organic Bread in the freezer <BR> 8. P3 packets (turkey/cheese/almonds) <BR> 9. Water Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:04:40 EST Aspire to Inspire Blog - World Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431791 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we are to blog about kindness. November 13th was World Kindness Day - Write a blog about some random acts of kindness you have received or given to others? <BR> <BR> Several years ago when I was single and struggling, I received in the mail an envelope containing $200.00 from an unknown giver. It was truly a blessing as it provided me the money I needed to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family in Louisiana. <BR> <BR> My random... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:55:32 EST Shining Brightly 11-8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b984634c-58b8-40d3-9304-9b689043a728.jpg"> Wed, 8 Nov 2017 23:14:22 EST Shining Brightly 11-7-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429262 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59e5246f-3e69-4beb-af3a-747ecb559d04.jpg"> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 22:41:32 EST Shining Brightly 11-6-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428953 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df1a8007-763f-4f2a-aed1-646ef9e0951f.jpg"> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 01:10:37 EST Shining Brightly 11-4-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428261 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca0f9d74-7c0d-4242-a9f7-a252ae56b91a.jpg"> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 00:25:46 EST Shining Brightly 11-3-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427961 Remember to stay positive and strong over the weekend too <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2458fac-ff9b-4d72-b2df-c00795e80487.jpg"> Fri, 3 Nov 2017 23:35:35 EST Shining Brightly 10-31-17 Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426961 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/929eb706-4fa2-464c-a88f-b262a61bcd12.jpg"> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:04:14 EST Shooting Stars Week 4 Trailblazer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426651 I had an awesome Saturday, starting week 4 off on the right foot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9935bcbc-a497-4c34-9d73-78e00382cc02.png"> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:17:32 EST Shining Brightly 10-30-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426560 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c633df98-15fe-490e-971a-928353f68e3a.jpg"> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:04:32 EST Shooting Stars - Week 3 Badges and Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426559 I am continuing to plug along on this journey to a healthier life, and I am making progress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cce7745-185e-4da4-bdfc-6b0fa580daba.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a5b8d68-b29e-4c63-af6c-eb62c7a2e274.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d94b3b7-bad0-4212-9a52-4a84bef7c2bf.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ba35ea-4e8a-40f... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:02:30 EST Shining Brightly 10-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425736 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef365bc0-1bdc-43d0-aaad-ccc9fe10ec56.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh, how I need to remember this. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 00:44:23 EST Shining Brightly 10-26-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425425 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a22cf5ca-6ab2-4106-851f-f93502d04bed.jpg"> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:29:37 EST Aspire to Inspire - Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424605 This week for our Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge, we are to blog about: Do you indulge in any Halloween treats? If so, what are your favorites? If not, what do you do to avoid them? <BR> <BR> When my husband was still alive, he would buy at least three of the huge bags of chocolate from Costco <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59bbb47e-7ca0-421c-9a2e-a7f3765b4c84.jpg"> and those bags have a large variety of everything good and we both would definitely over-indulge in them. ... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:12:24 EST Shining Brightly - Week 2 Badges - A Stellar Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424389 I had an <em>345</em> week 2 of our 5% challenge. I earned every badge available and also showed a good loss on the scale. I am stoked! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f91df19-31b5-452d-8aa3-4ac1797a1af0.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/666245e3-1bfd-47aa-8b8f-0e5550a6e8c6.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d8cb733-e251-41ce-bbba-a86692d9f714.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:18:19 EST Aspire to Inspire - Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424367 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges is to share at least two recipes I like to make this time of the year. <BR> <BR> I am always cold this time of the year so I like something warm like soup or stew, so I am sharing one of each. <BR> <BR> 1. Sunday Dinner Minestrone Soup <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2050023 </link> <BR> <BR> 2. Slow Cooker Beef Stew - <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:04:08 EST Shining Brightly 10-21-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423623 I've been doing well with nutrition, exercise, etc. and was beginning to get discourage because the <em>192</em> wasn't reflecting all of my hard work, but today the <em>192</em> scale was definitely my friend and reflected that I am down 3.8 pounds since the challenge begain. <em>244</em> <em>386</em> and NEVER EVER GIVE UP! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4be1d8be-75ee-4a48-8a36-a1bd27246699.jpg"> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:06:15 EST Shining Brightly 10-18-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422818 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3df62ab7-2e2e-4691-9b45-c6bdce85e3f0.jpg"> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:23:48 EST Shining Brightly 10-18-17 - Trailblazer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422683 <em>244</em> <em>590</em> I am so proud that I was able to achieve more exercise over the past weekend and was able to achieve the trailblazer award. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf97ea49-ba65-4839-ab11-8874ef4d00b5.png"> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:26:01 EST Shining Brightly 10-17-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422523 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02917665-22d4-46e1-92ab-8b64b0a8b4d9.jpg"> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:57:08 EST Shooting Stars - Week 1 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422200 I had an <em>345</em> week one, but not quite good enough to be on track to lose my 5% in the 8 weeks of the challenge, so I must <em>386</em> because <em>521</em> ! <BR> <BR> Here are my badges earned for week 1: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/687d32b4-f159-4625-bf29-4948c84ea245.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/396a4aff-1b9f-4a13-8d2c-b1aad1439477.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:22:36 EST Shining Brightly 10-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421883 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18a71361-63e8-42cf-8dec-b08343594fd2.jpg"> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:33:29 EST Shining Brightly 10-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421554 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00b8c205-a287-4590-a649-b57d175cedac.jpg"> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:58:52 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Week 2 - Pet Peeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420514 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge is: <BR> The second week in October is Pet Peeve Week. A pet peeve is a minor irritation or stressor that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her. A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it seems to be acceptable to others. This is your time to unleash! What are your top 5 pet peeves and why do they bother you? <BR> <BR> 1. Smoking. I am allergic to smoke and besides it is just nasty smelling. I rea... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:34:02 EST Shining Brightly 10-11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420454 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87ba8311-5f86-4aa3-a438-214f920c0b6c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just have to remember baby steps are better than no steps at all. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:27:49 EST Shining Brightly 10-10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420259 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b8df441-c933-42d8-acea-167a1df4f41f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really need to follow this! Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:04:18 EST Shining Brightly 10-9-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419895 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cdc5651-3aa1-4bf5-826c-344b37a7924b.jpg"> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:53:22 EST Ready for Take Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417127 <em>244</em> ready for take-off on Saturday October 7th with my Shooting Stars amazing teammates. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ec045b5-512f-4df6-a863-d380068f8d56.png"> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:23:54 EST Week 4 Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges - Life Experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414961 Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write a blog about life experiences that have added to your self-confidence; what are your personal strengths and positive traits? Give an example of how one or more of these qualities help you move forward. Write a blog about life-experiences that have added to your self-confidence. <BR> <BR> Here is a list of what I consider to be my personal strengths and positive traits: <BR> <BR> 1. Honesty. <BR> 2. Loyal... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:45:41 EST Week 3 BSG Aspire to Inspire; Staying Positive in a Negative World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414316 Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to say how we stay positive in this world of negativity. <BR> For the most part I consider myself a positive person. I think I accomplish this by: <BR> 1. Choosing what I watch, read and listen to. If I am constantly being filled with everything negative in this world I will most likely find it challenging to be positive. I do watch and read some current events, but I try to limit my exposure to a very minimal amoun... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:43:23 EST Week 2 BSG Aspire to Inspire blog - Staying Healthy As We Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411998 Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to list ways to stay healthy as we age. <BR> <BR> I am constantly hearing people say there is nothing golden about our “Golden Years”. While even I sometimes feel that way, there are ways to minimize those feelings and to stay healthy as we age. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy: Include lots of vegetables and fruits; limit saturated fat; include heart-healthy fats; limit sugar and white carbs; eat whole foods; watch porti... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:52:54 EST