CAROL3SAN's SparkPeople Blog CAROL3SAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Confession The blog entry I made last week was made in error. I thought about coming clean and confessing this the next day, but I'm a bundle of nerves these days with a critically ill daughter in the ICU. So I'm just getting around to making my confession may not even be necessary, but here I am anyway. <BR> <BR> When I wrote that blog, I thought I was writing in my private SP journal. You know how we get these SP emails everyday...well at the bottom of one of them it had links to my s... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:19:17 EST Feeling defeated I haven't written in a long while. Perhaps that would be some kind of an indication of exactly how defeated I've been. Most days I've only been half trying to meet my goals. Starting out strong in the mornings, and then falling flat by the evening time. All I know that I feel like a complete dope sometimes because I know what needs to be done, and how to do it...what I don't know , or have questions about, I at least know how to get the resources to handle it. So why am I still a failure?... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:26:49 EST It's That Time of Year Again Hello Sparkers. Don't want to take much of your time today. I just want to remind everyone that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason I take breast cancer awareness month so seriously is because I have seen first hand the damage that this disease can cause. I have family that has been affected with this disease. Currently, I have a dear aunt (who happens to be only one year older than myself) who is home recuperating from a double mastectomy she had only 2 weeks ago. Also... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:47:41 EST I Am Your Disease Happy Thursday sparkers. Hope all of you are having a great day despite the various challenges many of us may be experiencing right now. I want to share with you this helpful email I received from a support group I belong to. I read this sometime ago but I didn't save it, and over time it was forgotten. I hope in some way you will receive some benefit from this, as I find it to be very helpful. <BR> <BR> <BR> I AM YOUR DISEASE <BR> I am your disease. Give in to me and eat that extra... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:54:29 EST I lost one pound during the holidays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> During the weeks of holiday partying I somehow managed to lose one pound. <BR> So what's one pound you may ask, especially when I have 100 pounds to lose? <BR> I say I'll take that one pound weight loss, and wedge a bet on a two pound weight loss at my next TOPS weigh in this coming Thursday evening. <BR> <BR> My challenge for the month of January is to lose 10 pounds. <BR> Actually for the year of 2013 my challe... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 03:45:21 EST Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> Well another new year is upon us and I'm still getting nowhere on my weight loss journey. My doctor gave me the bad news last week when I went for a stress test....I need to lose 100 pounds!! <em>198</em> I'ts hard to swallow that I was close to 40 pounds within my weight range and blew it. <em>33</em> ...well I'm not going to cry over spilled milk. I will roll up my sleves and (using the old metaphore) ' hit the ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:22:12 EST Be Inspired Hello my fellow sparkers. I want to share with you this encouraging video I came across on youtube today. It is perfect for anyone who seems to be struggling with their weight loss goals, or ANY GOALS. This video is very inspiring. For those who need a little encouragement, this is for you. Please remember, regardless of how many times you fail, or are knocked down after you are almost to your goal, don't give up. You are well worth the fight to survive and achieve your goal. <li... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:55:53 EST Breast Cancer Awareness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I'm posting this information from Dr. Ann Kulze. I hope it will be of benifit to you. <BR> <BR> 12 signs of breast cancer, revealed ~ <BR> <BR> A: Hardening , B : Pinching , C: Erosion , D: Red & Hot ,E: New fluid , F: Dimpling , <BR> <BR> G : puckering , H: Growing vein , I: Nipple retraction , J: Asymmetry , K: Orange skin , <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:36:31 EST My new stratergy Hello my fellow sparkers. I haven't been blogging since I returned to spark people nearly 2 months ago. I guess I wanted to get my teams working for me first. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for SP for providing the ton of information they do, in addition to the great team support. <BR> <BR> I have a new food plan that I will be trying over the next month. That is, I will eat the same foods everyday. I did this for a while when I first started my weight loss journey and was reminded of the suc... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:02:56 EST I'm Back Hello my fellow sparkers. It is so good to be back to SP finally. I've been gone for nearly a year, which was a very stressful time. I know I mentioned that I will be catching up on my writing when I left; but the truth is, I also had to take care of my mom who had become bedridden. She was very ill, and eventually died. We had her funeral last Saturday. <BR> <BR> It still doesn't seem real to me that she is gone. She was a great mom and a great women. I feel blessed that we had her... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:52:20 EST I'll Be Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. Hope you guys are all having a good day so far. Unfortunately this will be my last day on SP for awhile. I need the time to do some serious work on my writing. But once I am able to organize my work well enough, I'll be back on the boards again. Thank you all for being such great friends and encouraging me everyday. Safe journey. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Oct 2011 11:52:03 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift." <BR> Franklin Roosevelt <BR> Enjoy your day sparkers. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:17:52 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Anonomyous <BR> <BR> Have a great day of sparking all of you sparkers. Enjoy! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 07:42:53 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." Napoleon Hill <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday everyone <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:12:08 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hello sparkers. I made a detour early this morning and ended up here at my mom's. I planed on coming later this evening but my sister called in a distress signal....nothing serious. We are getting a lot of rain here lately so I am staying close to home. The thunder storm we ... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 12:14:32 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got a late start in my day today. I try to put my best foot forward but I'm really not feeling that great, nor have I been sleeping that well. Thankfully, I have a doctor's appointment coming up this month. <BR> Have a great day sparkers. <BR> "Practice yourself in li... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:40:14 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a great day everyone. ENJOY!! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 00:11:43 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other." Thomas Fuller <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday sparkers. Let it be one of the best days in your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 03:09:45 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls." <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> Have a great day day sparkers. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 05:33:23 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose." <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 08:19:42 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." Epictetus <BR> Have a great day of sparking my sparking friends <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:21:58 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." Pamela Vaull Starr <BR> Have a great day sparking everyone <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:07:46 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." <BR> Margaret Lee Runbeck <BR> Have a great Tuesday Sparkers. Enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 07:27:56 EST MONDAY <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "We can conquer what we believe we can." Unknown <BR> This past week I have not been feeling well. I have a tightness in my chest that is not gone completely away. My doctor did an EKG, and I have a new medication. I will be having a stress test soon. Hope all of you will... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 06:53:27 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 'There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you." <BR> David Burns, Intimate Connections <BR> <BR> Happy Friday sparkers. Enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:25:48 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, <BR> is not an act but a habit." Aristotle <BR> I've been having computer problems on and off for some time now. I hope this last time I fixed it, it will last me for awhile. <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday sparke... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:07:24 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us." Samuel Smiles <BR> Have a great Tuesday everybody. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 07:28:52 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "90% of what we consider impossible, is , in fact possible. The other 10% will become possible with the passage of time and technology." Hido Kojima <BR> <BR> I'm looking at the positives today sparkers. I know you are too. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 08:36:38 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love a nice shrimp mater if it is friday or monday, it is yummy! <BR> <BR> "If you did it once, you can do it again. When you've taken <BR> one step, you can take another." Ralph Marston <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 08:40:31 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "You can achieve whatever you choose to achieve. The process <BR> begins when you truly make the decision and commitment to do <BR> it" Ralph Marston <BR> Enjoy your day my fellow sparkers. <em>247</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:41:10 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a great Wednesday Everybody. <em>247</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 06:07:09 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I believe we all as individuals have our own unique strengths and greatness within us. I will use my unique strength within me to do the job required of me to do today. <BR> Have a great week every body. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 07:23:30 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="" <BR> <BR> Remember the victems of 911. It has been ten years since that horrible day. I'm still praying for our nation's recovery. <em>232</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 02:21:25 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Happy Saturday everybody. Remember to be good to yourself today. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:23:21 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day every body. <BR> <BR> "Sure, there are problems, challenges and difficulties. And <BR> as you take responsibility for living through them, the <BR> richness continues to grow." Ralph Marston <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:43:35 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "You won't always get the best, yet you can always make the <BR> best from whatever you get. You won't always get your way, <BR> yet you can always make your way forward no matter what." Ralph Marston <BR> Have a great Thursday every body. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:47:34 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The path to our weight loss and fitness journey is not always easy. But continue the struggle day after day because we are soooo worh it. <BR> Have a great Wednesday everyone. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 04:03:18 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had a great holiday and was able to get in a good mixture of both work and pleasure. Actually my work is pleasure since I write about what I like to write on. I wrote another poem yesterday on something positive to add to my collection. I write on positive things mostly, but I have a love story and one suspense thriller under my belt also. <BR>... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 08:22:51 EST Happy labor Day <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a nice relaxing Labor Day Holiday every body. Enjoy! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:33:14 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I've seen this quote many times but it blows me away every time I see it. Imagine working at something practically everyday and never seem to be able to get it just right. <BR> <BR> That's what Thomas Edison did. He failed at reaching his goal in creating the light bulb 1000 times before he was able to achieve success. <BR> <BR> But he was det... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 08:44:18 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When I first saw this quote, I was reminded that nothing is impossible. especially if it is something worthwhile. Since my health and weight are worthwhile to me, I will strive to master both by taking little steps over time....and I too can be .just like the strong and healthy oak tree. So can you. Have a great day everybody. <em>306</em> <em>... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:43:21 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The message is: Regardless of what tries to keep you from making progress, don't let it stop you. Do what you need to do in order to succeed, and do it now. <BR> Happy Friday everybody. <em>247</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 01:42:47 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes in life we struggle more during difficulty than what we need to. Our stress level goes up when it really doesn't have to. Some days all is required is to take a deep breath <BR> and look at what's good in life. <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 07:06:19 EST TUESDAY <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Make it a great day every body. Enjoy. <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 07:03:44 EST Day Fifty/Fifty Days My word today is thankful <BR> THANKFUL: Grateful and appreciative <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm thankful that I've completed another abstinent eating challenge. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to really focus on problems that have hindered me in the past....problems that I would have nor... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:08:35 EST Day Forty Eight/Fifty Days Happy Saturday to all of my dear sparking friends. I am unable to post the way I normally do today because the computer I am using (my mom's) will not let me save or upload any pictures. But I will not let that stop me from getting my word out for today. <BR> My word today is progress. <BR> PROGRESS: The development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than, and superior to the previous level. <BR> Advancement in general. <BR> Today I will stay on course w... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:36:22 EST Day Forty Seven/Fifty Day My word today is victorious. <BR> VICTORIOUS: Having achieved a victory; conquering; triumphant:; of, pertaining to, or characterized by victory. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will be victorious today with my abstinent eating plan, with my lifestyle change, and with my weight loss journey. <BR> <... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:37:11 EST Day Forty Six/Fifty Day My word today is proactive <BR> PROACTIVE:To prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult ones. <BR> To initiate change rather that reacting to events. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today I will remain proactive with my abstinent foods an... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:29:59 EST Day Forty Five/Fifty Day My word today is embrace/ <BR> EMBRACE: To accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have embraced my new lifestyle of abstinent and healthy eating along with an exercise <BR> plan daily.. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:11:46 EST Day Forty Four/Fifty Day My word today is physically fit <BR> PHYSICALLY FIT: The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today I will make a better effort to make exercise a part of my day. I want to consume not only a... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:17:13 EST