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/ First Baby Blanket now Finished. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484666 As some of my Aspire to Inspire friends know, I have been working on a baby blanket to give to my friend's grandson and his expectant wife. It is really much bigger than a baby blanket, 50" x 60" approximately. I am a beginner, but I am fairly pleased with it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15b6bbd2-4a2c-401e-b490-acb43e676950.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c480346-ecc7-4e62-bf96-42d5f049ce3b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img s... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:34:09 EST Shining Brightly 4-19-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2754c45c-281d-48ba-ac25-4722bd22569d.jpg"> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:41:31 EST Aspire to Inspire - National Sibling Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483204 For the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about National Sibling Day. April 10th is National Sibling Day - a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. <BR> Do you have any siblings? Are you close to them? What are some favorite family memories you have with your brother(s) and/or sister(s)? <BR> <BR> I have one brother that was 19 months older than me. We were pretty typical as children with our bickering, but if anyone else ever bothered me, he was there to prot... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:30:01 EST Shining Brightly 4-15-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482831 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61c1f27e-8485-4806-a9c4-6d0a2e93c878.jpg"> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:14:15 EST Shining Brightly 4-14-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82780cff-e5ff-4b25-be3c-673857519326.jpg"> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:55:00 EST Shining Brightly 4-13-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d395d1d7-1d69-4db5-9729-695844402b8c.jpg"> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:39:58 EST Shining Brightly 4-11-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf0a5001-12fb-4528-9c41-a22d4f693a81.jpg"> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:27:02 EST Shining Brightly 4-10-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b08f3d42-66a5-4ee7-be1b-210890d0d4f0.jpg"> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:17:31 EST Shooting Stars - Week 0 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480884 Starting off the pre-challenge for the spring on a good note. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3ce83f0-f34a-4e4d-8837-d0d9f0e078ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d77f227-75a1-4a6b-bc4b-e21bd7a861bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c496be16-7b98-4ef7-8d71-7bde0511a411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbdd875f-31de-4f98-a013-54d345270960.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 01:09:52 EST Easter Memories - Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477800 Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG March challenge was: This Sunday is Easter! Write about what this holiday means to you. What Easter memories do you have? What are some Easter traditions in your family? What are your plans this year? <BR> <BR> When my kids were growing up, on Saturday we always colored eggs and went to the Easter egg hunt put on by the city. Then on Sunday after church the kids and I would ride our bikes towards their grandparents for Easter d... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 00:14:31 EST Taking Control - Aspire to Inspire Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477644 One of our blog assignments this week for our March BSG challenge for the Aspire to Inspire spark team is: March 30 is “I Am in Control Day.” Today is the day to get your life in control. It’s your day to get things in order and under control. Is there something in your life you need to take control of? Describe plans you will make to get any aspects of your life under more control. <BR> <BR> There are a couple of rooms in my house that I need to get control of – <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 13:14:16 EST Shining Brightly 3-5-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bab2e871-49d9-4e11-8ad0-fb27b022d958.jpg"> Mon, 5 Mar 2018 23:00:09 EST February Review/MarchGoals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469011 Our assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge: Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> My goals for February were: <BR> <BR> Drink a minimum of 10 glasses of water daily: <em>248</em> <BR> Making nutritious choices daily - Probably met this goal 60% of the time <BR> Limit sweet treats - Probably met this goal 60% of the time <BR> Limit white carbs. - Probably met this goal 60% of the time <BR> Practice yoga Tuesdays and T... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 22:40:55 EST My first award for the BLC Challenge Pre-Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466378 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e342c30-02ed-49b8-a6a1-5c3a5957eb8d.jpg"> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:26:59 EST Shining Brightly 2-23-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc2df932-b3aa-4073-a43e-94bdd4675cd5.jpg"> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:04:14 EST Shining Brightly 2-22-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465801 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e85c8578-471d-4b94-a53e-daf92a352965.jpg"> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:05:43 EST Shining Brightly 2-18-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464503 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/307cea0c-ed29-4e80-8020-c23d7bdaee16.jpg"> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:20:10 EST Week 5 Badges Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462861 I had a great week on the Shooting Stars challenge for week 5: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7b1d504-822d-4802-99f1-f55abc7b146b.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16e81519-81f0-47a2-89ff-871e0d925c3b.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9c895de-6f10-4962-92f4-a281a434e782.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04c32261-c8b7-41a3-86d2-97eaec1e8aa3.png"> <BR>... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:09:20 EST Shining Brightly 2-13-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462859 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15b7ee53-80a4-407b-8a2b-4f6ab0e4d180.jpg"> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:57:52 EST Aspire to Inspire - Organ Donation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462534 One of our blog assignments for week 2 of the BSG challenge for February is: <BR> February 14th is National Organ Donor Day - This day is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Are you on the Organ Donor Registry list in your home state? Have you thought about being an organ donor? <BR> <BR> When my children were growing up and I was much younger, I n... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:22:23 EST Shining Brightly 2-12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63406407-2960-49bd-8f07-b6cf4246eaa7.jpg"> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:34:56 EST Aspire to Inspire - Read in the Bathtub Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461513 One of our blogs for this week for the Aspire and Inspire BSG Challenges: February 9th is Read in the Bathtub Day. Have you ever read a book in the bathtub? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a26ecfe-ba63-4233-aab0-5ec90851c5e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have tried to read in the bathtub a few times <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2c184ea-6f24-4799-a96a-2c157937b8cc.jpg"> but I never found it very relaxing as I always worried about getting ... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:49:32 EST Shining Brightly 2-6-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460433 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/435a25b1-4ea3-4f97-8fd3-d2f59bcc2806.jpg"> Tue, 6 Feb 2018 22:30:35 EST Shooting Stars - Week 4 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460058 I had another stellar week during week 4 in all aspects except the <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f24c82a-bbfc-4d3c-b1a5-c88328eba1f6.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b27c3a7b-8b8e-49e5-aa5c-b2de7a4b1deb.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50ffb5c6-e384-47b8-8354-ecbd6a08d868.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fe83fa1-f3f8-4868-aeac-1df27d67eb7b.png"> <... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:50:50 EST Shooting Stars Week 3 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460054 I had a stellar week 2 in all aspects except the dratted <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3b4ed93-a60f-4b93-9d88-cf8d42731139.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d731cf3-f40f-4b39-8c13-9e2b0486127e.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/920a1f6f-9462-413f-a2ac-66a5df263c13.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/030dfb83-926d-4e40-a1de-be10a9ca3068... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:41:08 EST Shining Brightly 2-5-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460052 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/033f98e4-52ad-4f92-8073-4f0db8529ea7.jpg"> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 22:27:38 EST Shining Brightly 2-4-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67f8a786-9a36-4520-8a6d-e66aecb07b7b.jpg"> Sun, 4 Feb 2018 23:48:18 EST Friendship Characteristics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458941 Our second blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge: February is International Friendship Month - What are some of the ways you can/will celebrate your friends? What are seven characteristics of a good friend? <BR> <BR> I celebrate my friends by visiting with them and having lunch or dinner with them. <BR> <BR> My list of characteristics of a good friend is: <BR> <BR> 1. Trustworthy. <BR> 2. Honest <BR> 3. Dependable. <BR> 4. Loyal <BR> 5. Empathetic <BR> ... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 23:14:33 EST January Review/February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458938 Our assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge: Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Option #2: February is International Friendship Month - What are some of the ways you can/will celebrate your friends? What are seven characteristics of a good friend? <BR> <BR> <BR> 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> My goal... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 23:03:18 EST Aspire to Inspire - Workout Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457789 Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenges is: Do you have a workout schedule? How did you make your workout schedule? <BR> <BR> I do have a workout schedule. <BR> <BR> Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings I go to a low impact/mindful movement class from 9:00 to 10:00. When I get home I go for a 30 minute walk with my dog most days and then come home and do stretching and physical therapy exercises. <BR> <BR> On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go for a 30 minute walk with my dog... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:14:14 EST Shining Brightly - Life Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d91e7d58-24e6-4eb0-a6aa-b5e7c632ca04.jpg"> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:46:11 EST Shining Brightly 1-28-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457071 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/156f9549-414c-4c71-9a6c-3f619140c208.jpg"> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:36:19 EST Shining Brightly 1-27-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456609 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fe78043-0a6e-4e51-b0f4-3ba5c4fcfb07.jpg"> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 19:35:38 EST Shining Brightly 1-23-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80186672-a0f0-4928-92f6-e4d386cd7267.jpg"> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:01:04 EST Shining Brightly 1-22-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454687 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/549de733-10c7-45e3-9d69-5ba72a9a9500.jpg"> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:22:24 EST Shooting Stars week 2 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454684 <em>46</em> week 2 wasn't as strong for me as week 1, but that just means I need to get my determination pants on and mind set. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05b3409e-bf3f-4c74-8865-6b28101fb72f.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd349f0f-7861-4729-a99a-26d76274e627.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a751a68-bc18-4b08-a42d-fe1675ec6836.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:19:42 EST Shining Brightly 1-21-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454443 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24de72a9-2a00-48eb-b7c3-4606719a9b98.jpg"> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:36:25 EST Shining Brightly 1-20-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454030 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a5a1981-c6a4-4e7f-a65b-10e9548aeac4.jpg"> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:52:44 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 3 - One Goal to Focus On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452842 Our assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge: What is one goal that you really want to focus on and why? <BR> <BR> I have been on this journey for too many years without seeing the results I want. I have pretty much figured out the exercise factor of it and am fairly consistent with exercise and include a variety of exercise types. I know that it takes both exercise and nutrition to develop a healthy life and body. <BR> <BR> Therefore, the one goal that I really wa... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:58:32 EST Shining Brightly 1-17-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452832 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34047f6f-42e8-496f-ac54-fbe4bcbda139.jpg"> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:36:45 EST 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