BRENDAB49's SparkPeople Blog BRENDAB49's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Boomerang "Thats Me" Hello again folk, I am back trying to do this the right way. I left you all in April because I got lazy with my self. So I thought I would try it again because I have gained 10 of 25 that I lost and I don't want to gain it all back so I need to get back on track. I am going to start slow for the first month. I have given myself until the first of 2011 to get of 35 lbs. I think that I can do it again. I am not going to make any excuses. I am just going to try to do it. I will keep you ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 03:31:28 EST The Weather is Breaking, So am I I really don't know what to say here since I have not done all that I was suppose to do to keep the weight in check over the winter months. I have to be honest and say that I did not workout like I should have during the reign of winter. I did not eat the proper foods either. I really did not go overboard but I am not proud of the way that I ate. I did not follow the Spark meals but I didn't go over my calories too many days I just ate some of the things that I really did not need to eat.... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 01:47:03 EST Spark Friends Needed. Let's see how forthcoming my spark friends are. Leave a one-word comment that you think best describes me using the Third letter of YOUR name. It can only be one word. No more than one word. Then copy and paste this post on your wall so I can leave a word about you.... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:53:50 EST Here Are The Answers to Quiz 1. True or False: It’s important not to eat less than 1200 calories per day because doing so will throw your body into “starvation mode” and stall your weight loss. <BR> <BR> False. It IS important to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but this is because most people will find it almost impossible to maintain good nutrition when eating less than this. “Starvation mode” is a real concern, but the number of calories you need to avoid that problem is going to be based on several individual fa... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:35:15 EST Whata You Know? We want to have a healthier life style. Lose the weight and keep it off but, do you really know if you are doing the right thing. I got this test from the Team Leader Forum and I thought that it would be good to see how well we know what we are doing and is it right. I will give you the answers tonight so check back later. Good-Luck. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. True or False: It’s important not to eat less than 1200 calories per day because doing so will throw your body into “starvation mode” and... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:23:25 EST Toady is Going Good Hey folks since starting over I have stayed pretty much on point. Yesterday was a little tricky, when I got to work I cleaned all the junk food out of my cube but I did eat some skittles which meant that I cut the snack at the end of the day. I ate what was on the menu for dinner and enjoyed it which I never did have a problem with eating what Spark suggested or something close to it. So the food is not a problem I just need to stay in a good frame of mind so that I can do all that I can so... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:49:04 EST Starting All Over Again: Stage One Okay SPARK I am here today with a vengence. I have not been doing well since the beginning of the year. I have become lax at what I am suppose to accomplish at this web site. I think that I just got a too busy (at least that is what I think) to really pay attention to what I was doing. But that is not an excuse I should have know better. I lost my fire. I lost my "spark" I really don't know what happened honestly. So today I am going back to stage one and start from the beginning. So ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 08:28:32 EST Holding on This has been a week of a few changes. I have been looking over the things that I have been doing and realized that I was doing somethings wrong. I had not been working out like I should, I have been eating some of the foods that I should not have been putting in my mouth. I have just been doing things the wrong way. Well in the middle of the week I returned to the scale and did not like what I was seeing. I had put on some of the weight that I lost so I decided that I was going to try t... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 03:46:02 EST Tuesday Not Feeling to Good but... I am not feeling to good today but, I am going to go through the day as if there is nothing wrong with me. It started last Thursday I started to feel bad with a tickle in my throat but now it is total voice loss. I still have to go to work and explain tax info so I know that it is not going to be better before Sunday the day that I have to sing..But I am still going to fight the good fight. I may moving my lips for the Lord this weekend because he deserves the praise all the time. Hopeful... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:49:23 EST Just do it Today starts a new month, I have fallen not to bad but I have not been faithful to myself or the life changing plan that I set out on months ago when I joined this site. The holidays came and I lost a little of my self control then work came and I lost my commitment because of the crazy working hours. I am not making excuses I am just telling the truth as to how WE let the things in life throw us off. <BR> <BR> I am not going to say what I am fired up about, I am not going to speak about... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:40:05 EST The Battle is On Recently I wrote that I was getting hyped about being on the site, as well as how wonderful it is to be here, and how happy I am to have all the friends that I have well I have to say that it is true, I just can't seem to find the time though to be as dedicated as was in the beginning. It seems as though the will power has gone straight out the door. It also seems that I am going back to some of the bad habits that I had when I started. I look at my spark points and they are not growing, I... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 23:49:48 EST Much Love To My Spark Friends I would like to say Thank-You to all the spark friends that I have, as well as the ones that stop by to read my blogs from time to time and leave comments. It is very touching to me to know that there are really people out in the world that you don't really have to face to face that you know just by the words that they say. I love the words that are written in my comments and honestly I can feel a love and respect that is there. As I read the comments there are times that I want to just sh... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:27:03 EST I am I getting old or what <em>44</em> Ladies and Gents today my oldest son is celebrating his birthday. He is 34 years old. When I sent him his text this morning I told him that he is getting old jokingly when I am the one that is getting older. As I look around me I realized that I am closer to 65 ugh~. I really don't think that I am depressed about getting older because the old cliche` you are as young as you feel. I feel good most days if I don't sit too long so that my knees don't hurt when I get up. I sti... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 23:36:24 EST Sundays Best This past Sunday I had my family over for dinner, it was GREAT! I went to early services at church this week so I came home and cooked a fairly simple dinner(Baked Tilapia, Baked Chicken, Green Beans, Carrots, Rice, Cornbread, Sliced Tomatoes, Cucumber Salad, Jalapeño Poppers) You all I have 3 boys but my oldest son is the only one that is local at the time(I am looking forward to the day when all three of them will be able together again) but anyway the oldest Marcus when he and his wife an... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:27:38 EST I'm Fading but not too fast..Help At the end of last week I was all pumped up ready to take on the world but, <BR> something is happening....... <BR> This morning I woke up at the same time that I usually do but I really am not feeling it. I have eaten my breakfast and now it is time to start getting ready for work. But I know that I need to do some sort of physical fitness because if I don't I won't get anything done. I think that I am going to do it when I get to work today I will walk around the parking lot or something... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:07:53 EST Blah..Blah...Blah....Can you stop talking for a minute Can someone tell me why it is that there are people that always want to talk. Why their mouths keep going? I just don't understand. Why there is always a noise coming out of the hole in the middle of the face? Sometimes you just want peace and quite especially when you are trying to read something that you are about to be graded on. <BR> <BR> Then when something happens the next thing is a phone call. Telling of the minute little thing that just happened. When the phone rings I bet t... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:05:45 EST This is the Beginning This is the beginning of the work week for me. I wish sometimes that I could just stay still and do some of the things that I want to do. It seems that when I have to work I get rushed and there seems to not be enough time in the day but, I know that is not true. I was telling hubby that since I have been laid off I complain more about going to work than when I did when I worked. It was nothing for Monday to come and I would jump out of bed, get ready and go. I did that for 20+ years. But... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:30:54 EST Singing Songs of Affirmation. Have you ever heard a song and when its over it stays in your head. Well that is what has been going on with me since Saturday. It all started when I was on the way to worship service Saturday Night I was listening to a CD in the car. The song that was playing was "Oh Lord Your My Everything" of course I started to sing that song, then when I got to church and the praise team sung "He's Able". Well that was my thought yesterday to my team. God is able to do just what he says... <BR> <BR... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 08:13:16 EST Getting my Groove Back Hello Friends, <BR> I want to say that I am finally out of my rut. I had gotten down there for a while. I was not exercising like I should daily and I had gained about 2-3 lbs since the holidays began and I started working at TJ Maxx over the Christmas holidays. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided that I was not going to just sit here because it is too cold to go outside and not work out. Yeah I tried to workout to some videos that I have here and in a pinch they are fine but honestly I lik... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:08:51 EST Boundries the Line is Drawn I have been listening to Joyce Meyers this week. It is amazing that she is talking about boundries. There are days that I just feel that I am so overwhelmed with having to do everything that I think about. Well she was stating that you should set boundries in our lives so that we don't get out of balance. <BR> <BR> I understand what it is that she is saying. She says that when we go around thanking that we have to do everything ourselves that we are looking to become a martyr and want ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:50:34 EST Yesterday's Blog I was to have done this yesterday but the day ran out so I am putting it here today. <BR> I hope that you read it and come and join me. <BR> <BR> 2010 is going to be a year of change, I hope that it is going to be that for all of us that have joined the site because if it is not then why are we here. <BR> <BR> I am going to start a new team called Get Your Swag On. <BR> <BR> S=isters <BR> W=ith <BR> A=udacious <BR> G=oals <BR> <BR> This team is going to be based on how confident are you... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 06:17:24 EST Ready, Set, Go I am a little anxious about this week. I start my job today as a Tax Preparer, and tomorrow I begin on-line classes. Now the tax job it is seasonal and I have worked at the office for the past couple of years, but I was just the receptionist. This year I will be an offical Tax Associate which is a little scary. But I know that in time I will be alright. Then school starts tomorrow. I wonder if the brain will be able to remember it has been a long time since I have been in school. I also... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 05:59:50 EST Quick Fire I had one here but I lost I am going to rush and get this one out because I have to be leave for work. I dont want the leave before I get this out <BR> <BR> I am not going to say happy new year because I know that you have already heard it and got it in text messages till you are probably tired of hearing it. <BR> <BR> I want to say have a blessed and substainsal year. You have 12 new months, 52 new weeks, 365 new days and you have an abundance of minutes and seconds for this year... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:20:51 EST Its a Better Day First I want to thank all for the words of wisdom from the last post. There are things that surface from the past when holidays roll around that each year I hope and pray that will change, and each year it seems that I am disappointed because they stay the seem even as I do my best during the year to make them change, but today I am feeling better, I am just going to live my life the way that I have been doing it and know that each day that the Lord gives is a day that he wants me to be happ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 08:52:09 EST Help Me Understand This post is the day after Christmas, and my day was tearful because I don't understand something that is going on in my life. I woke up and there was nothing for me to unwrap, but the gifts that I got where not thoughtful they were the usual gifts of gift cards to restaurants that you can pick up in the store, then the most hurtful part is that you find out that your mother gives your sister a gift (money) and doesn't give me anything....she doesn't even give you a call to say thanks for the... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 01:08:23 EST Just checking in Hi all SP friends...I am just checking in. Really don't have a lot going on right now. I am up this morning checking emails from last week and trying to get more that 1 point on the spark-wheel..LOL but heck it was one again today. SM... <BR> <BR> It is getting close to time for us to celebrate the birth of Christ with our family and friends, I hope that everyone has a non-stressfull week...Because there is a life after Christmas..enjoy the whole year and not just one day, but then that wo... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:33:46 EST The Joy of Christmas..... I am sitting here thinking that Christmas is right here in our laps. Why is it that we think that we have longer than we really do? I am excited but not about all the things that have to be done. I really don't decorate because I don't like all the stuff about the house, and since the kids are all grown I rather have a clean house than to have a tree and lights, garland and cards, bows and paper all over the place just so that I can look at it when I come in the house. I don't really need... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 16:41:52 EST Getting My Swag On. What is swagger? It is all about attitude, it is the way that you do things, it is how you carry yourself. Well my pastor gave his congregation a challenge for 2010, that was to get your swag on. Saints With Audacious Goals. Well after that message my girlfriend call me and told me that this is the challenge for 2010. I am challenging everyone also. Get your Swag on. We are coming into a new year and it time for us to use the gifts that the Lord has placed in our hands. He has given e... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 12:44:27 EST Even before Thanksgiving I am Thankful I have been praising God for the things that he has done for me in this past year. And I know that I am truly blessed. <BR> Last year this very week I was put in a wrongful company situation that caused me to be fired from my job a year ago this week. It was a decent job and I made decent money but this was not how God wanted me to serve him. So he let the Devil sat me up for the dismissal of the job, (which when I walked into the office Monday morning I knew I was going to be terminated... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 11:38:56 EST Overcoming your Doubts Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. <BR> Proverbs 3:5 <BR> <BR> Do not head to your doubts for a moment. Turn from them with horror, as you would from blasphemy. You cannot perhaps hinder the suggestions of daubt from coming to you any more than you can hinder someone saying a bad word as you walk by, and consequently you are not sinning in the one case any more than the other. But just as you can refuse to listen to the person cussing or join... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 08:56:06 EST What does God require? Micah 6:8 <BR> <BR> He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. <BR> <BR> If you please God, it doesn't matter who you displease <BR> If you displease God, it doesn't matter who you please <BR> What pleases God doesn't change <BR> We should want to please God <BR> <BR> Walking humbly with the Lord is the foundation of all the other things that he requires. Many want to say that God wants... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 23:21:51 EST Don't Lose Focus WITH THE WEEKEND COMING UP I FELT THAT THIS WORD OF INSPIRATION WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.........SO ENJOY <BR> <BR> SOMETIMES WE LOSE OUR FOCUS. WE CAN BEGIN THE DAY WALKING ON THE PATH THAT WE HAVE SET FOR THIS DAY/WEEKEND.... GOING ALONG FINE UNTIL SOMEONE OR SOMETHING COMES ALONG AND OFFENDS YOU OR TAKES YOUR FOCUS AWAY FROM WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO. AS SOON AS YOU FORGET YOUR FOCUS YOU STOP MAKING PROGRESS AND COME TO A STANDSTILL,--AGGRAVATED, UPSET, AND OFFENDED. UNDERSTAND THAT THE ... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:12:45 EST Beauty in Blunders I read this today and I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> Thy faith has made thee whole...Matthew 9:22 <BR> <BR> I visited a weavers class where the students were making beautiful patterns. I asked, "When you make a mistake, must you cut it out and start from the beginning?' A student said , "No, Our teacher is such a great artist that when we make a mistake, he uses it to improve the beauty of the pattern." <BR> That is what the Lord does with our mistakes. He is the greatest artist but we mus... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:28:53 EST I'm Back and it feels good I have been away from the circuit for about 2 weeks. My mind was focused on other things that were going on. I had to make a dress for a formal occassion which I did get that done, and then it was time to study for a quiz that I did pass, there was the death of a young man that was close to me so I had to handle that in my own way. So with all of that going on I did not have time to come and log in to get points or to log food. I still stayed on track with my eating but my workouts were p... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 00:26:58 EST Goal Numero Uno Reached!!!! I have not been on this site for sometime, I was busy getting myself ready for an event that took place this weekend. It was wonderful,, and I can say that before the week ended I had reached the goal that I had set for myself (to be under 200lbs). It feels good to know that you can still follow that plan without having it look you in the face daily. Yes I missed a lot of log in points because I was not here tracking but the mind and the body has become disciplined enough to know that ther... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:32:11 EST Does it count as Exercise This weekend I got in a lot of exercise, but does it count. <BR> <BR> I did not do to well this weekend due to the events that decided to happen on Saturday and Sunday. Picnic, Grandchildrens Birthday Party, Wedding Anniversary, and husbands vacation started. <BR> <BR> Cake, Ice Cream, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Baked Beans, Grilled Chicken, Pancakes, Dressing, Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Cake, Chess Pie, not to mention the top tier of my wedding cake. (didn't eat the whole thing just a small s... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:08:03 EST Before the "Rolls" start to Roll back in <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Hey I am looking for someone that is willing to workout on a regular basis. I not really interested in going to a gym because I really don't have the money for that but I need someone that likes to step, walk, play games that keep you active. I am looking for someone because the weather change is on the way and I need something that is going to keep me moving when it gets cold. Because when it gets cold I really don't see myself walking the way that I am doing now. ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:21:33 EST WOW....... Wow.......... <BR> <BR> I am looking out the window od my den and the day is beautiful. The sun is shiing brightly, and clouds are bright blue. The grass is nice and freen and there is rabbit at thedge of the yard sitting, they ar funny because they stand still thinking that you dont see them. I didn't see any deer this morning usually there is at least one that is wandering thru the neighborhood in early morning as the dew rises. It is great to see that there is a creator that loves use ... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:25:54 EST Grateful for Choices If you read my status I say that I am sore from mowing some of the yard, well that is a choice that I made, my husband came home and said to me that he did not want his wife cutting the grass with a push mower, well you have to understand that I live on about .75 acre of land and we do have a riding mower, but the choice was mine to take the push mower and start in sections so that I can get a little workout. I said that if I am going to walk why not make it count. I don't know how many ste... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 13:21:42 EST Where does the time go! Each night when I go to bed I reflect on the day that I just had. There are days that I say that I did not get anything accomplished then there are days when I ran out of time doing the things that I wanted to do. So today before I got out of the bed I was really dreading today because I have to go to class in the middle of the day, I have housework that I need to do then I sit down and think where and when am I going to find the time to do the important things, like eat breakfast it is alr... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 09:39:08 EST Where is this Place? I woke this morning thinking that I have a good life. I may not be where I want to be but I am not where I used to be. With control and persistance I can make up to the places that I see myself going. If you ask me where that is, all I can tell you is that it is a place where you can run free and not have the world outside criticizing what you are doing. It is a place where people accept you for the person that you are and not for the things that you have or the way you look. It is a pla... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:54:14 EST He can turn it around OMG ...Did I have a good day at worship service today. The catch phrase of the sermon was "He can turn you around" I know that is a fact if you are in a situation and you don't know what you are to do, you should stand still have faith in God and he can turn it around. Sun, 6 Sep 2009 19:32:58 EST Worshipping Wednesday It may be the middle of the week and we are anticipating the weekend, well worship the day that you are in. You wake up in the morning and God has given you a new day a day that he saw you in. Be grateful for the day that you are in and work only for what you get today. We are not promised tomorrow so live for today. Believe in yourself, but remember that there is one power that is greater than yourself. Give the power that is greater than you a word of Thanks. <BR> <BR> Today is a good... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 08:31:53 EST Trusting Tuesday I am trusting Tuesday to be the second day of a new thing. I have made my list for the day, I have already accomplished 3 things on the list getting ready to start the 4th. Just about all is done in the house, when that is done then I will do my outside chores and come back and get started on making the list for tomorrow. It is not going to be too bad as long as I stay focused. <BR> <BR> Oh--- went to the doctors yesterday...It was my first time with this Doc but I am going to like her. ... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 11:01:32 EST Making Some Changes Monday This morning I woke up telling myself that I am going to make some changes in my life today. I do a lot during a normal day and now I am taking some classes so that I can prepare taxes during tax season so I took some advice from a friend that told me that she could not live if she does not plan her day out and she does it and she says that it works so I am going to start off doing the same thing. I have made a page of things that I want to get accomplished tomorrow since today is I already... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:53:05 EST Start up Saturday Got up this morn with workout on my mind. Did just what I said that I was going to do. Did not renige on it when I hit the floor this morning. I put my clothes on and got in the car. First I saw 2 doe with fawns in my backyard when I was pulling out of the drive way. Chased them around so that I could get a better look (City girl now living in the country just hoping they would not charge the car) then went on into town to take a walk through the small downtown area. It felt great, look... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 15:08:05 EST Friday is Almost Over Today I must say has been a good day. I did something that I have never done before. I went out on a speed boat today with a friend of mine. It was a nice day for it until it started to rain. We tried to out run the rain but eventually it caught up with us. By the end of the outing I looked around only to realized that Gods hand is on everything that we look at. It was very pretty the water and all that it surrounded. the onl thing is that I did not eat right today. I did not go over ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:52:16 EST Thursday without a cause Today I have been working around the house and playing with my new adopted family member. He is a real joy. Doesn't sleep to good at night but he makes up for it during the day. I think that with his restlessness last night along with my husbands snoring and leg cramps I did not get a good nights sleep. I think that I am moving at a pace that is unhuman today. I think that I just exsisted today. I did fix a good dinner but now I am ready for the bed but Thursday is my night for Project ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:19:46 EST M.I.A. I have been missing for a few days. I have not been on SP since I think Friday morning. I have been too busy to sit at the computer, and when the day is over all I want to do is go to bed. But today is going to start it back. After today I will be caught up with my housework and errands that I need to do during the mornings while it is still cool also it is time for me to slow down so that I can take some time for myself. <BR> <BR> You will see a daily blog here starting today. Because... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:55:55 EST Fallout Friday <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Today it seems that everything that I do there is a setback in it. I don't know what is going on. I think that the Devil is standing watching as I blow my stack about little things. It started this morning with the first phone call that I made to get information. Was hung up on 4 times before I got the information that I needed. Tried to burn a CD and the music will not go on the CD don't know why. But it worked for me last night. Then the remodel in the bathr... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:21:12 EST