BE-THE-CHANGE's SparkPeople Blog BE-THE-CHANGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 05-28-2018 Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I attended my first funeral when I was 10 years old. I remember it like it was yesterday. <BR> <BR> Edward Michael Maher, Jr. was born on April 4, 1947, in Bronx, NY, to Gladys and Edward M. Maher, Sr. He had five siblings including Carol, Ralph, Doreen, Patricia and Barbara. His family moved to Hillsdale, NJ. His home of record is Hillsdale. Edward graduated from Pascack Valley Regional Hi... Mon, 28 May 2018 15:42:00 EST Purple Passion Summer Challenge Team <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We are looking for a few members for the Summer Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <B... Sun, 13 May 2018 16:04:20 EST 05-12-2018 <img src=""> <BR> Up and out early representing Proud Haven. Sat, 12 May 2018 07:55:24 EST 05-08-2018 I am one of those people who has a mental picture of myself. No matter how big or small I get, I see myself at the size I was just after the birth of my 3rd child (almost 30 years ago), which is about 50 pounds lighter than I am now. I avoid full length mirrors, hide behind others in pictures, and generally don't get a look at the real me very often. <BR> <BR> But once in a very long while someone gets a candid shot of me. And I am mortified. My boss posted this on Facebook - it's from our ... Tue, 8 May 2018 20:04:13 EST 05-07-2018 We had a good time last night. These were my dates for the concert: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 May 2018 22:08:11 EST 05-06-2018 I was thinking I missed a day or two of blogging. Man, time flies. I am working on getting things organized and back on track. <BR> <BR> We are going to a concert this afternoon (my DIL is singing) and then to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with her, our DS and their kids, and her family. The theme is Hooray for Hollywood and we are hoping my grandsons will enjoy it. If not, I am one of the ones designated to take them outside. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am catching up here, doing laund... Sun, 6 May 2018 13:25:45 EST 05-02-2018 We had a day of meetings today and then dinner and "game night" at the home of one of my co-workers. I was not entirely on track with food, but not as bad as I have been in the past in this situation. I wish I did better but I am not beating myself up. Tomorrow is another day. Wed, 2 May 2018 22:11:11 EST 05-01-2018 I got through the first day of three days of staff meetings and food all over the place. I managed to avoid the goodies. I went over my calorie limit but not by too much and with basically good food. Tue, 1 May 2018 21:32:29 EST 04-30-2018 SparkCoach says I should blog about some good things that have happened recently. <BR> <BR> I took classes to become a certified nonprofit accounting professional back in January and February, but I never actually took the certification exam. I finally decided to do it yesterday, without any preparation, and I passed! I need to get 70 out of 79 and I got 71. <BR> <BR> I also applied to become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and was accepted. This will be a huge help for Proud Haven - ... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 20:23:43 EST 04-29-2018 I reset all my streakers and started weighing, measuring, and tracking again. I have set a new goal as well, with a very specific date. I hope this helps motivate me. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:06:34 EST 04-28-2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time to start walking the walk, in more ways than one. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 19:42:48 EST 01-02-2018 <img src=""> <BR> "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." ~ Jim Ryun I am working on establishing habits. I am using a paper planner to help with this. The above quote is on January's full month page. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 20:53:41 EST 2018 <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:43:19 EST 12/12/2017 There was an article recently shared "100 Amazing Reasons to Start Losing Weight Today". <link><BR>g.asp?post=100_amazing_reasons_to_star<BR>t_losing_weight_today&utm_source=spark<BR>people&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=w<BR>eekly-spark&utm_content=T1-2 </link> <BR> <BR> After reading the list a few times, I came up with my own based on it: <BR> <BR> It's important to make myself the priority. <BR> <BR> I want to be happy with myself. <BR> ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:43:47 EST Join our Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We have room for a few members for the Winter Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:00:20 EST Purple Passion I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We have room for a couple of members for the Summer Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <BR> We compete against 10 other teams to be the Biggest Losing Team over the course of our challenge... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:23:42 EST 02-18-2017 I feel like I am starting to turn a corner. I have been pretty down for a few months now. But today I am feeling better than I have in a while. <BR> <BR> I made a few small changes this week to make it easier to manage my time and keep track of everything I need to do. It really feels good. I am going to continue this for the upcoming week until I have things somewhat "under control". I have figured out how to get my personal, work, and volunteer calendars to all sync in one place. That shou... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:25:31 EST 02-07-2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tracking... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:00:08 EST 02-05-2017 So far so good - have tracked all my food for five days now. I forget how much it helps - and how quickly the calories can add up! It would be easier if I didn't have high blood pressure and need to watch my sodium. Lunch at work is the most difficult meal for me. There are so many frozen meals out there that are great as far as calories and nutrients go, but they are just loaded with sodium. <BR> <BR> I am working on getting more steps in, but it is so easy to slack there since I sit at a ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:01:44 EST 01-31-2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for weight loss success: <BR> <BR> 1. I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I'm stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when I’m having... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:07:24 EST 01-05-2017 Today I signed up to walk a 5K at the end of March. "Just a Short Run" is the first place I met some Sparkers in person. The 5K is the day before my birthday - I have 79 days to get myself in good enough shape to do this. I know I couldn't do it right now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:54:17 EST 01-04-2017 <img src=""> <BR> Today has been a series of "fails" but I am determined not to let it get to me. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:40:48 EST 01-03-2017 I am working on those baby steps to get things back on track. This holiday break was a particularly difficult one. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 19:18:22 EST 01-02-2017 <img src=""> <BR> My grandsons went home today. I am slowly putting my house back in order. I still need to get my journal set up, but my thoughts are not entirely in order yet. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:58:04 EST 01-01-2017 This is my song for the year - "Everyday People" - and a version I had never seen before, with the Family Stone and Prince. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u7l0u8 </link> <BR> <BR> My word for the year is "determined". I am going to achieve my goals for this year. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago, I had a list of 10 resolutions. The first five had to do with my health. The next four were personal items. The last was to be nicer to my one SIL. <BR> <BR> Eight years ago, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:11:27 EST 12-31-2016 <img src=""> Happy New Year to all my Spark friends. Let's make 2017 our year! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:55:46 EST 12-30-2016 I didn't get much of anything done. It was my middle son's birthday and my other kids came over, as well as my niece and her family. We spent the day visiting. <BR> <BR> I am down to the biggest items on my decluttering list. I have to finish paperwork and clean out the pantry and the fridge. I will not get these things finished until my grandsons head back home. As long as it is done before I go back to work on Tuesday, I'll be happy. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:24:13 EST 12-29-2016 These are the two men I have been spending the past few days with: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gino, age 4 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Frankie, age 2 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:56:32 EST 12/27 - 12/29/2016 Continuing my discarding/purging/decluttering - <BR> <BR> Done on 12/27 <BR> <BR> 1 Old CDs <BR> 2 Gifts you don’t want/use <BR> 3 Old electronics <BR> 4 Purses you never use <BR> 5 Change purses/wallets you never use <BR> 6 Old phones <BR> 7 Knickknacks that are taking up space <BR> <BR> Done on 12/28 <BR> <BR> 1 Worn out sheets <BR> 2 Old pillows <BR> 3 Frayed or stained towels <BR> 4 Frayed or stained washcloths <BR> 5 Tattered/worn sponges <BR> 6 Promo t-shirts you never wear <BR> 7 ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:54:06 EST 12-26-2016 - Part II I have a friend, also named Deb, who is just about a year younger than me. Our oldest boys are the same age (now 34) and we met each other when they were 4 and in the same YMCA pre-school class. She and I have struggled with our weight over the years, although I was always larger than she was. <BR> <BR> Just before Thanksgiving she was diagnosed with aggressive renal cancer. She spent the holiday in the hospital after they removed one of her kidneys. <BR> <BR> Thankfully she is doing very w... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:15:43 EST 12/26/2016 My discards for today: <BR> <BR> 1 Books you don't enjoy <BR> 2 DVDs you don't watch <BR> 3 Delete music you don't enjoy from library <BR> 4 Cancel digital services you don't use <BR> <BR> Although I have done the electronic deleting, I think I am going to make another run through them before the end of the week. I deleted several more email subscriptions today and it feels good! The books and DVDs went into my donation to the vets, which was picked up this morning. Tomorrow I tackle the wo... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:09:15 EST 12/25/2016 <img src=""> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:29:37 EST 12/24 - 12/25/2016 Catching up for the past 2 days: <BR> <BR> 12/24 <BR> 1 Holiday lights that don’t work <BR> 2 Boxes <BR> 3 Broken or scratched sunglasses <BR> 4 Scarves that you never wear <BR> <BR> 12/25 <BR> 1 Wrapping paper scraps (yes, I was still wrapping today) <BR> 2 Empty jars or storage containers <BR> 3 Delete/unsubscribe to store emails <BR> 4 Ragged tshirts <BR> <BR> I have now done 36 out of 60 in 9 days. I am right on target. <BR> <BR> <BR> 60 THINGS TO TOSS OUT (OR DONATE) <BR> IN THE NE... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:25:59 EST 12-19 thru 12-23-2016 It's been a very busy week, but I didn't think it had been this long since I posted. I have been working on getting rid of things each day. I have created some mess with all the presents I have to wrap but that will be done tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here are my tallies for the week: <BR> <BR> 12/19 <BR> 1 Out of date magazines <BR> 2 Tarnished jewelry <BR> 3 Make up bags you never use <BR> <BR> 12/20 <BR> 1 Worn out shoes <BR> 2 Ragged nail accessories <BR> 3 Hair accessories you have multiples ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:00:46 EST 12-18-2016 Today I worked on clearing away some paper in my office. <BR> <BR> 1 Old receipts you don't need <BR> 2 Scraps of mail <BR> 3 Expired coupons <BR> 4 Old gift cards you can't use <BR> 5 Product samples <BR> <BR> TOTAL - 14 out of 60 done in 2 days. I do expect this to slow as I get into more difficult areas, so I am trying to get the easier items done first. <BR> <BR> I did some old paperwork, but that is not finished yet. That is going to take me a bit of time. I did get some things to hel... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:58:46 EST 12-17-2016 - Part II I cleaned out my dresser and hit a number of items on the list. I filled about 1/2 a trash can and came up with a few items to donate as well. <BR> <BR> I got 9 items done - <BR> <BR> 1 Worn out hair ties <BR> 2 Unmatched earrings <BR> 3 Worn out or unmatched socks <BR> 4 Out of date makeup products <BR> 5 Out of date hair products <BR> 6 Out of date skin care products <BR> 7 Worn out undergarments <BR> 8 Expired medications <BR> 9 Old nail polish <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:47:58 EST 12-17-2016 As part of our Purple Passion challenges, we have one this week that I always like. It is getting exercise in while decluttering the house - we are challenged to sort, clean, move, and toss. <BR> <BR> Try as I might, I always fall behind on the clutter and so this challenge is always needed! I also came across this list on Facebook today and I have decided to incorporate it into the rest of this week's challenge. I want to start the new year off right, so I am going to accelerate things on ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 18:33:26 EST 12-08-2016 <img src=""> <BR> Our tree has been up for a week, but still not decorated. I did get new lights, which my husband put on the tree yesterday. It's hard to tell, but they are all purple! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:51:27 EST 12-1-2016 <img src=""> <BR> It's still the 1st if you haven't slept. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 02:15:48 EST 11-24-2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my daughter, Angie, and my sister/friends, Di and Dawn. These three ladies are my strength. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for Red, my daughter's husband, who loves her as much as I do and takes great care of her. I don't have to worry about her as long as he is there. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my two grandsons, Gino and Frankie, who always make me smile. <BR> <BR> I am than... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:37:06 EST 11-23-2016 For many, it's been a rough year. Sometimes it's hard to see that we still have many things to be grateful for. I find that this list helps me. <BR> <BR> 1. What are the things you use every day that you are thankful for? <BR> 2. Who are the people in your life you can talk to about anything? <BR> 3. Who are the people in your life who always make you smile? <BR> 4. Who are the people in your life who always make you laugh and forget your worries? <BR> 5. What energizes you? <BR> 6. What are... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:53:50 EST 11-21-2016 If you pray, please say a prayer for my Mom. If not, send some good thoughts her way. My stepfather passed away yesterday. It was their 37th wedding anniversary on November 11th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:08:37 EST 11-18-2016 One of my favorites... <BR> <BR> Desiderata by Max Erhmann <BR> <BR> Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, <BR> and remember what peace there may be in silence. <BR> <BR> As far as possible, without surrender, <BR> be on good terms with all persons. <BR> Speak your truth quietly and clearly; <BR> and listen to others, <BR> even to the dull and the ignorant; <BR> they too have their story. <BR> Avoid loud and aggressive persons; <BR> they are vexatious to the spirit. <BR> <... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:19:04 EST 11-14-2016 <img src=""> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:17:15 EST 10-31-2016 Purple Passion - The Winter Challenge I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We have room for a couple of members for the Winter Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <BR> We compete against other teams (usually 10 or so) to be the Biggest Losing Team over the course ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:18:07 EST 09-11-2016 If you have known me for a while, you have probably read this blog before. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> I had a brother, several step-brothers, a brother-in-law, and a step-uncle all of whom worked on Wall Street and whose companies had offices in the World Trade Center. I spent 9/11/01 desperately trying to reach family members to make sure everyone was OK. I learned that the brother who worked in Brooklyn - not Manhattan - was on his way to a meeting at the Towers but was tha... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:20:27 EST 09-07-2016 I know the date says that today is the 8th but it's 3 a.m. and I haven't been to bed yet. I just spent 6 hours at the ER with my niece. I came home when they decided to admit her. They don't know what's wrong with her but her heart rate is too fast and her blood pressure is too low. Good thoughts would be appreciated. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 03:02:08 EST 09-06-2016 I came across this using SparkCoach today and I really like the imagery. I need to keep this in front of me at all times. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the original image. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ramid.asp </link> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:23:47 EST 09-04-2016 and 09-05-2016 I was planning on a quiet weekend at home. My husband is out of town, helping my son and his family get settled in their new home. I was planning to spend Saturday with my daughter (which I did) and then the next two days were going to be spent cleaning and working. Instead I watched my soon-to-be 4 year old great-niece Sunday evening and overnight into Monday afternoon. Then I watched my two great-nephews this evening so my niece and her husband could go out for their anniversary. I got some... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:02:29 EST 09-03-2016 My daughter (PRETTYKITTY26) is getting married three weeks from today. It is going to be a very laid back, casual affair, but there are still things to be done. We spent this afternoon together, taking care of some things and planning what to do about others. I feel much better now, and I think she does too. <BR> <BR> I have had lymphedema in both my legs for many years and I can't remember the last time I wore a dress. I wore fancy pants suits to both of my sons' weddings. However, my daugh... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:18:08 EST