BJPENNY70's SparkPeople Blog BJPENNY70's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Aspire as·pire (-spr) <BR> intr.v. as·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires <BR> 1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly. <BR> <BR> 2. To strive toward an end: aspiring to great knowledge. <BR> <BR> 3. To soar. <BR> <BR> I was soaring for a long while. I lost a lot of weight. I was a long way from my weight goal, though. Life got complicated. A lot of things happened. I broke! I forgot how to soar. I decided to stop for a while. I learned it wasn't a good idea in my case.... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:32:27 EST Take A Breath I hadn't done to well with my new start up plan. That doesn't mean I quit or I fail. I know it will take time to get back on the healthy living train again. My husband and I finally started doing some exercise today. We started our morning out with it. We only did 30 minutes. Baby steps is what I need right now. Working my way into my own challenge list I made. My goal is not to overwhelm myself. Now just take a breathe and concentrate. Little by little I will build myself back... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:07:03 EST My Healthy Choices Reward System Starts Today! I am setting up a Healthy Choices Reward System for myself. I will chart my activities and reward myself with a star for each accomplishment. Once I earn a hundred stars I will treat myself with a non food reward. <BR> I have already set up my Nutritional Tracker and Exercise Tracker. I have printed them out and have them ready for the day. I am excited to see what I will accomplish. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Healthy Choices Reward System <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 star for 15 minutes of Strength ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:39:09 EST Standing Up Again! Ready To Fight Again! I took some time away to get myself pulled together. I gave myself a break to pull myself together, get through the worst of my grief, spend time with my sweet niece, and just breath for a while. Yes, I gained more weight. I ate out a lot. I got a lot of emotional stuff out of my system. My clothes have gotten tight. My cholesterol is up. I hadn't been exercising. I have to say now I am ready to begin again. I feel much better emotionally. I feel like working on myself again. I ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:50:58 EST I Am Back From Visiting Family We just got back from visiting our families in West Virginia. I had so much fun being with them. I got to spend time with everyone. I loved it so much. I took all the food I had cooked and frozen. Everyone enjoyed everything so much. I went ahead and ate what they ate. Even though they live in the country, there was no place to do any serious walking. I stayed on my feet as much as I could. I jumped in with more cooking, cleaning, and walking our dog. Hubbie and I visited family gr... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:05:15 EST What's Cooking! Hubbie and I have to go pick up some beef and pork for some of my recipes. I am cooking a large amount of hash and rice, pulled pork, and BBQ Riblets for our niece and her family. They have never experienced the Southern Cuisine. They are anxious to try it. Lot of cooking and freezing will be going on the next few days. I have to cook for my dog, too. LOL <BR> <BR> Lost some weight last week. So happy to finally be losing something. Got to go and get ready to shop. Not going o... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:08:29 EST Busy Busy Busy! Today, was extremely busy. We were out of everything and I mean everything. So we got our sales we wanted together. We hit 3 grocery stores including Walmart with extra shopping, Best Buy, Big Lots, K-Mart, the Dollar Tree, McDonald's for chicken McNuggets for our doggie, and we ate at a nice sit down restaurant before coming home. Had lots of groceries and stuff to put up. It took a lot of work and time. LOL Still have to cut up cantaloupe and strawberries for snack container. S... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:13:51 EST 50 Reasons Not To Gain Back My Original Weight of 336 Pounds I had manage in one year to lose 118 pounds. Tragedy struck. I had surgery that landed my in the hospital for weeks. I had to eat a high calorie diet while there to fight the infection. I gained 28 pounds during that time. Since then I have lost weight and then gain weight back. At one point giving up crossed my mine. I didn't let that thought stay there. I have to much to go on for. I have a goal that I have to make. I have the LORD to obey, by taking care of this temple of fles... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:03:09 EST Busy Day, Tired! I have been busy all day. I started out in the morning on the computer taking care of some business. It took two or three hours. I went straight in to housework. Then a neighbor came over to tell us two snakes had crawled into our yard. Another snake had crawled underneath the neighbors siding. She was freaking out about it. She was afraid the two snake in our yard would come in hers. She was pretty scared. She is a young single woman. I told her if one came in her yard to call us, ... Thu, 29 May 2014 23:41:43 EST Getting Along Pretty Well Today! I didn't get any sleep at all last night. Up all night with really bad back pain. I finally got up and stayed up. I ate breakfast with hubbie and started in on the housework. I had to take my time and sit to do some of it. I worked on the kitchen for two hours and then did some work on the living room. It stormed early this evening. Bad storm. We had a down pour that last quite a while with lightening and hail. It cooled down after that so we left the door open and let fresh air in... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:10:38 EST More Active Today! Yesterday we worked out in the yard all day long. Today, I did some major cleaning in the house. We also had to go shopping at Lowes. Walked all of the store twice for exercise and then picked up what we needed. Came home and did more house work. So I am tired. Still thinking about how to get all the way out of my funk and go full blast into taking care of myself like I did before everything hit the fan and threw me for a loop this past year and a half. I am thinking about making a ... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:47:43 EST Going Backwards I gained again! I seem to be going backwards. My exercise was so so. Not good enough. I have been having trouble with the blues for a couple of weeks. I really feel down. Weighing in this morning with a weight gain was a reality check. I seem to be yo-yoing going up and down. I can't seem to get into a groove of things. I feel sad all the time lately. Not sleeping good and in a lot of pain all the time. I need to get a grip. Been praying for help and guidance. I am sure t... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:40:15 EST NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS <BR> from ‘The Doctors’ plastic surgeon and beauty guru Andrew Ordon, MD <BR> <BR> Avocado-Honey Moisturizer <BR> A moisturizer is an anti-aging must. By helping your skin retain moisture and acting as a temporary filler for wrinkles, it makes your complexion look smooth. Dr. Ordon says that his patients love this recipe because it makes their skin look and feel dewy, and youthful. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 tablespoons of fresh cream <BR> 1/4 avocado <BR> 1 tablesp... Fri, 16 May 2014 23:21:33 EST Just To Make You Laugh! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 13 May 2014 23:33:01 EST THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY! I started tracking my food again, about two weeks ago. I did GOOD except for one day last week and today. The BAD is I waited to track at the end of the day. I know better then to try to trust my own memory and thoughts of how much I can have. The ULGY is I over did it on my fats last week the day I didn't track. Today, I messed up pretty bad. I went over on my calories, carbs, sodium. and fats. Carelessness like that can cost me on the scale. <BR> <BR> The GOOD for last week was ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:00 EST Happy Easter Everyone! <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:09:23 EST Time to Get Busy! I have had a long stretch of illness. My strength is low, but I am getting out there working as hard as I can. It is time to clean house and work on the yard and garden area. I have worked as hard as I can the last two days in the yard. I really suffer with my back , but will keep pushing. Didn't sleep good last night and had to have my husband help me dress this morning. <BR> <BR> Not going to let pain stop me! I have beat it before and can do it again. I am feeling much better t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:15:05 EST Still Fighting Illness Still sick! I have been sick for over four weeks now. Nothing seems to be helping enough to squash the infection. I am over the bronchitis. Still have a upper and lower infection going on. Sick of being sick. <em>527</em> I have been running low grade fevers since St. Patty's Day. I don't feel like doing anything but rest. I try doing things around the house, but I am weak and I tire out really fast. Just want this illness to go away. My yard is calling me to come out and w... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:56:50 EST Doctor Says Not The Flu The doctor thought I had flu. <em>527</em> He ran test. It was not the flu. I have a upper and lower respiratory bacterial infection with bronchitis. I have been resting a lot. Not feeling like doing anything yet. I am on Z-Pac antibiotics, steroids, cough meds, and an inhaler. I can breath some better now. Stopped running a fever. Husband had a upper and lower respiratory infection, too. He didn't develop bronchitis, though. He still has a cough, but is much better. He ha... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:20:36 EST Flu I will be off Sparkpeople for a while until I recover. We were in West Virginia for nine days. Stranded is not fun. Hubbie got sick on Valentines Day and 48 hours later I became very ill. It delayed our leaving even though the roads were safe for travel. I was still to sick to leave, but a winter weather advisory was about it hit, so somehow we managed to pack our stuff and head out. It was a longggggggggggggggggggggg trip! I am still very sick, but wanted to let you guys know w... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:42:43 EST Still Here! It snow last night and all day today. It finally let up this evening. We are hoping to get to leave by Monday or Tuesday. We haven't been able to use our cell phones. The cabin phone isn't working correctly either. We can call local, but nobody has been able to call us. The Resort people bring their scrapper up to get to us and check on us. We have plenty wood and are staying very warm. I over packed clothes and food. So we have been good there. Yesterday, the men with the scrap... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:12:34 EST God Is Working Things Out For Us! I called today to check again to see if the Resort had a cancellation so we could continue to stay in the cabin. We are snowed in. About 12 inches of snow out there. The manager answered when I called. I ask about being able to stay in the cabin. I told her we got trapped here with the snow down south and now here. We didn't have snow tires or four wheel drive. She said they had just had a cancellation. She said she would just give the folks who were suppose to get our cabin an ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:12:14 EST Stuck In WV We had to come home to West Virginia for my husband sister's funeral. The only place available to us with our dog with Twin Falls State Park Resort. We couldn't even stay in the resort, because of the dog. They did rent us a cabin. It is really up in the mountains. We were going to stay until Thursday, because of the bad weather that was hitting our home area near Columbia, SC. Now the same storm is hitting here. So we are stuck for now. Bad thing is our cabin is rented out to someon... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:39:07 EST Need Your Prayers I have been so busy trying to get the house cleaned up. My husbands brother will be stopping by after the funeral. He lives in Florida. He always comes by here when he goes North. It is a stopping off place for him. He shouldn't drive to many hours. He has health problems, too. Tomorrow I pack. That is a big job. We will be heading north for my husband's sister's funeral. Pray for our safety while traveling and to come back home safely. The weather can be very harsh and the roa... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:43:49 EST Things Just Keep Happening We got a call that my husband's oldest sister was in the hospital. Something was wrong with her heart. They didn't know what it was. Last time I talked to the family they said she was doing ok and resting. The doctors wanted to keep her in ICU for the night. I called at midnight to ask the nurses about her condition. The nurse told me to talk to the daughter. Then we got a call a few minutes later from Bill's younger sister. She was crying and said Dorothy had died. My husband just ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 02:29:16 EST Still At It It has been a busy day. I got a lot of exercises in. In the morning we see my husband's heart doctor. We will find out if and when his surgery will be. He will get the results of his heart monitor test. I am so nervous. So much has happened the past two years. It just makes me a little unnerved. I know the LORD is going to take care of everything, and I don't know why I let myself get so anxious. Well I am very tired and need to get the rest of my page done. I need to get in bed so... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:16:38 EST Change My Mind About My Exercises I had planned out doing some Tai Chi, Belly Dancing Exercise, yoga, and some Sparkpeople. It was so nice outside I decided to go out and walk. I kept walking and walking. Two hours later I came dragging into the house. I still had exercise to do from the January Jumpstart Challenge. I was dragging around, but manage to finish them. I started to feel sick, so I laid down and slept for a long while. I had not slept well the night before. I got up so late I remembered I hadn't logged i... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:19:55 EST Change My Mind About My Exercises I had planned out doing some Tai Chi, Belly Dancing Exercise, yoga, and some Sparkpeople. It was so nice outside I decided to go out and walk. I kept walking and walking. Two hours later I came dragging into the house. I still had exercise to do from the January Jumpstart Challenge. I was dragging around, but manage to finish them. I started to feel sick, so I laid down and slept for a long while. I had not slept well the night before. I got up so late I remembered I hadn't logged i... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:19:41 EST Still Exercising! It was 37 degrees for a high today. Still didn't get to go out to walk. I just worked on what I would eat and put it in my tracker. I did a bunch of exercises from Spark People and Jessica Smith. I did step up aerobics. Man those will work you. I got so tired I had to stop right in the middle and have a water break and catch my breath. I went in and finished the rest of it. Good work out. I better lose some good weight this weekend's weigh in. LOL I think tomorrow I will mix it ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:57:04 EST Didn't Let The Cold Stop Me! I did rest pretty much Tuesday. I did only 32 minutes of exercise. Today, I was up an at em'. I almost didn't do any exercise. It was so cold out and slick. I wanted so much to get outside. It was to slick and I didn't want to chance falling and getting injured. I started doing some core exercises on the bed. I can't lay on the floor, because of my back. I go into spasms and can't get up. I have to have help. I do all floor exercises lying on my bed. I works just the same... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:45:52 EST Might Take A Day Up late the last two nights. Haven't been able to sleep even with a sleeping pill. My back, hips, and legs screamed with pain. I have not let it stop me from exercising. I may take a break Tuesday. We will see. I have been exercising 12 straight days without a break in between. I have been feeling so tired. So maybe a little break for a day will be just what I need to perk up some. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:37:14 EST Nice Birthday! I celebrated my birthday, today with my husband. I had my eating planned out. Well hubbie decided he wanted to eat out for breakfast and later on for dinner. I tried to be careful, but blew my fat grams out of the water. Now I could get upset. I am not going too. I had such a wonderful day with my husband, I am not going to ruin it by crying over one mistake. We had a healthy breakfast for a good start. We were suppose to shop and go to a movie, then come home for supper. We ended... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:53:44 EST I Laying Off The Fiber I had been doing everything to get the fiber I need. I am trying to eat veggies and fruit. I am also taking Probiotics with fiber. Well my body didn't agree with it. So today I have been busy visiting the ladies room, if you know what I mean! <em>24</em> In between the dozens of visits to th e ladies room. I have been working in various exercises. It took me all day to get the amount of exercise in I had set my goals for. BUT I DID IT! Yeah, now that is what I am taking about. B... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:30:29 EST Today Nothing Will Stand In My Way! I couldn't get out of bed without hubbie's help. I was so stiff with back pain I couldn't straighten up for a while. I wake up like that a lot now. Plus is a very cold day, today. I could have just give up and sat in my chair all day. I almost let these things keep me from getting my goal exercise in today. I didn't give in to it. This afternoon I went to Walmart with Hubbie and got in a hour of walking. Temperature controlled and lots of area to walk, what more could a person want. ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:09:57 EST Treating Each Day As A New Day To Get Started Treating Each Day As A New Day To Get Started. I try not to plan to far ahead. Each day is a gift. I want to use it fully as possible. I ate very healthy today. I got in a good bit of exercise. Walking is my favorite. I go with my husband and dog. The air is so refreshing. I love today. I was so sunny. I think I will get good sleep, tonight. Good night everyone! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:57:47 EST Successful Day! Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with a lot of things this past year. Many things have happened to slow my recovery down. Losing my sister is a devastating blow. Now health problems with my husband. These things have be... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:12:05 EST Need Your Prayers Early in the morning yesterday my husband's Implanted Defibrillator went off and shocked his heart. I called the doctor's office. They then called me back and told my husband to come in to be checked. I was so nervous I stayed up all night to watch over him. At the office the doctor said the reading from his ICD Implant shows his heart is very irregular. At times it is beating 267 beats a minute. He told my husband the ICD saved his life and if he didn't have it he would have been in th... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:12:11 EST I Am Continuing My Course II Timothy 4:5-7 But watch thou in all thing, endure afflictions, do the work of the evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: <BR> <BR> First, off I want to praise the LORD JESUS CHRIST for HIS goodness and mercy. I want to thank HIM for a good husband. I want to thank HIM for good friends like you. I have a course set for me an... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:29:51 EST Finding The Strength Psalms 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. <BR> <BR> I know I have been talking much on my blog or chatting with anyone much. I have been struggling with my grief. I really thought I was getting a handle on it. During the holidays things started getting difficult. I would find myself in tears without warning. I tri... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:18:29 EST A tiny breakfast and big dinner Or A big breakfast and a tiny dinner? <BR> A 2013 Israeli study found that overweight women who ate a big breakfast, moderate lunch and small dinner lost more than twice the weight as women who took in the same calories, but mostly at dinner. The maxim is true: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. <BR> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:00:52 EST Jokes Why does Santa Claus always go down the chimney? <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> He only does what soots him. <BR> <BR> <BR> Johnny: "Last night my dog, Fido, tried to chew up my book report." <em>338</em> <BR> Teacher: "What did you do?" <BR> Johnny: "I took the words right out of his mouth." <BR> <BR> <BR> A man noticed his neighbor's little boy sitting on the sidewalk outside his house. The little boy told him he was running away from home. <BR> "You haven't gotten very far," said... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:32:30 EST THE CHRISTMAS STORY Luke 1: 26-35 <BR> <BR> And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from GOD unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 23:00:23 EST Merry Christmas, Everybody! <img src=""> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:14:12 EST Been AWOL for Several Days! Sorry guys I haven't been on Spark People much. I haven't been feeling well. I have been struggling with pain in my back and feet. <em>28</em> Doctor did a minor in office surgery between my toes and gave me an another alcohol injection in my foot. <em>46</em> I wasn't able to practice for my 5k but once this week. I haven't been able to get relief from my back pain either. I tried to get in for an injection for middle part of my back. It gets harder and harder to get out of bed... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:37:47 EST Fun Nice Day I got up in pain again this morning. It took a while, before I could get going. I was determined today. So my husband and I took our dog to the Riverwalk in the early evening. We put in a really long and good walk. The temperature outside was excellent. It was about 78 degrees. It was humid though. Still it was so nice. We had forgot it was the night for groups to be out caroling on the Riverwalk. We saw white paper bags with candles all along the walkways. So we got a double... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:30:22 EST I Am Determined To Have A Successful Week Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. <BR> <BR> I have been stuck most of this year. My weight has gone up and down. I still have 6 pounds to lose to get back to my weight before getting sick. Each week is a challenge. Some times I do really good and some ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:07:34 EST Today is going to be great I have most of my food cooked for Thanksgiving. The turkey is the last thing to get into the oven. I wasn't to get organized and set a really pretty table for my husband and me. We want to watch the Macy Day Parade and later the Dog Show. I told hubbie we need to take a couple of walks today, if I am able. I have my meals already planned out in my tracker. It is all laid out so I can eat and enjoy myself with our doubting where I am doing good or not. It is going to be a great day... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 03:18:48 EST Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I am still down with my back. I haven't been exercising. I can't even do my therapy type exercises. If I move certain ways, my back goes into horrible spasms. It is some better. I am hoping to be able to walk by Thanksgiving without spasms flaring up. My husband is helping me cook Thanksgiving dinner. I am making sure everything is cooked as low cal as possible without sacrificing the flavor. I did that last year and everything was so good and I didn't gain. I am feeling blessed ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:31:32 EST Back Pain Arrrrrrrrrggggggggg! I am always in pain in most of my body. <em>24</em> The last three days I noticed my back was acting up more than usual. Yesterday turned out to be a very busy day. Not good for my back. Hubbie wanted to get our grocery shopping done yesterday. I really didn't feel like it, but we were out of fresh fruits and veggies. There were other things we were out of as well. We usually do three different stores that happen to be on the same path of each other. By the time we had finished the... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:03:19 EST Change Of Plans We didn't get to do our practice walk for the 5k as planned. The sky had dark black clouds all day <em>27</em> . Hubbie was afraid once we drove all the way over to the 5k area and start to walk, it would pour down rain on us. So far it hasn't rained. Isn't that the way of it? I told him we could get a good walk in here in our neighborhood. It is suppose to rain tomorrow all day. <em>257</em> So I guess we will have to delay the practice walk, until Sunday or Monday. I have ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:06:54 EST