CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Animals Enjoying Autumn We have some fiery red maples here. For the first time this year, I noticed there seem to be two sets of them. They look alike, I don't know what the difference is. The "normal" ones were beautiful and lost their leaves weeks ago. Bright red and bright scarlet; beautiful. Then we have now what looks like the same thing, but, they are still beautiful and only now are starting to drop their leaves. Both sets are young trees. I am thinking of tulips; you know how there are early blooming a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:20:48 EST Peaceful Swans for the Sabbath <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday & Thursday I had off at the grocery store. I declined to come in to work for a 3-4 hour shift on Thanksgiving Day - they were asking for volunteers - told them if they'd give me 10hrs, and those in ADDITION TO the ones I was already scheduled, not instead of, then I'd do it. No. So that's what I said, too. No. <BR> <BR> They wanted me to do them a favor by coming in on the h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:17:38 EST Thanksgiving Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not blogged. I have been working the piddly job and fighting off being sick, successfully so far YAY, with SinuFix, & have been very tired. <BR> <BR> If it's to gain renewed stamina alone, I have to get healthy again. I am tired of being exhausted all the time, and drink and eat things I shouldn't when I am exhausted, in order to get enough energy to go thru the day. <BR> <B... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:56:20 EST Abundant Autumn - Golden Splendor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With this evil, repulsive, disgusting, election cycle that has been like no other ever, I have made a decision to intensely focus on the beauty of Autumn. Before it's gone. <BR> <BR> Will I vote? Yes. I am thankful for the countless lives sacrificed to make this country free from England, & for the lives that have kept it free since, and for all the Suffragettes' lives who unselfishly gr... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:59:52 EST 12 Free Thanksgiving Printables <link><BR>g-printables/ </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:38:10 EST Happy Halloween <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I worked today, but in my private life, I celebrate All Saints Eve, remembering and honoring martyrs of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, even if you don't celebrate Halloween, find something good in it and redeem the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Speaking of something good, did you know stores donat... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:25:43 EST So Happy to be Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I slept 12 hours last night in a QT parking lot in SC, & it was the best rest I've had in 3 weeks. Really thankful for the rest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have an idea that could make me a millionaire, LOL. Portable contraption that fits in car or in suitcase, to take to hotels, to lay on top of the m... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:59:35 EST Week 2 - What a Week, AGAIN 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR> 10/14 Friday's steps: 12,113 <BR> 10/15 Saturday's steps: 14,533 <BR> <BR> I signed on for a 3rd week in the SC grocery store. Schedules are made on Mon and Tue per co policy, & posted on Wed. At the beginning of this week, they didn't ask, and I didn't bring up, staying a 3rd week. I am wayyyyy bey... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:26:03 EST What a Week 10/1 Saturday's steps: 2,810 off work <BR> 10/2 Sunday's steps: 4,421 off work <BR> 10/3 Monday's steps: 11,289 <BR> 10/4 Tuesday's steps: 12,587 <BR> 10/5 Wednesday's steps: 12,736 <BR> 10/6 Thursday's steps: 14,317 <BR> 10/7 Friday's steps: 15,121 <BR> 10/8 Saturday's steps: 14,921 <BR> 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR>... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:41:08 EST Sun Night & Mon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Warning: Roller coaster of very good & very bad. <BR> <BR> First night in hotel was last night . . . <BR> <BR> I stayed up the previous night except for 3 hrs sleep, because it took me that long, it took me all night from 11p Sun night to 5a Mon morn, to empty my car into ministorage. I AM A HOARDER. <BR> <BR> From now on, will work on minimalism and work on getting rid of 90% of w... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:15:36 EST Welcome Walktober <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good September. Do you have any October health goals? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week Kmart had really good sales. They have periodically throughout the year, buy-one-get-one 50% off on shoes - everything except clearance shoes. <BR> <BR> That's better than paying full price... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:36:39 EST Plant More Weeds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's time for a Butterfly Blog. My way of celebrating Labor Day. <BR> <BR> Plant more weeds, or, at least please let them grow in a weed garden. That's right. Those tall, scratchy, thorny, barbed weeds called thistles. The milkweed plants whose pods look like something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie. Clover in your grass? NO don't kill the clover!!!! Dandelions on your l... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:43:59 EST 50 Ways to Start Fresh for Fall Quote for September: <BR> <BR> "Exercise integrity in the moment of choice. Quality of life depends upon what happens in the space between stimulus and response." -- Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> During lectures, Dr. Covey would speak at length about the "space" between stimulus and response. He would say, "There is . . . a *Space* . . . ", and said the word, "space", slowly, lingering over the word, with a pause after, and speaking it as if it had a capital S. "There is a Space - between stimu... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:12:37 EST Making a Motivation List I've had a rough month. <BR> <BR> Actually, I've had a rough summer. <BR> <BR> And truth be told, I've really had a rough last eight years. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life is like that, right? <BR> <BR> Moreover, many have had it tougher than I. <BR> <BR> During the bad, God has blessed me with many blessings for which I am grateful. <BR> <BR> But ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:59:14 EST The 8 Best Habits to Ensure Lasting Weight-Loss Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about giving up bad habits & starting good ones, but which ones are the most important? Which will have maximum impact on your life? <BR> <BR> Here, we've rounded up eight habits we believe to be the most powerful you can adopt, gleaned from the survey we did of our "success stories." These are the essential and proven trut... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:37:15 EST 7 Signs You'll Fail At Losing Weight 7 Signs You'll Fail At Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> That headline got your attention, didn't it? Not to worry, SparkPeople hasn't changed our attitude about healthy living and weight loss. But what we have done, for the first time ever, is compile and publish the very best advice, tips and tricks from our "Success Stories"--more than 100 member... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:32:38 EST Still Struggling with August Goals It is too hot, I'm not getting enough sleep, I am exhausted, & job has gone to crap, from bad to worse. I am thinking of my current job in the past tense, now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found these words I'd written on SP, darn it: <BR> <BR> DISCIPLINE <BR> Have you picked a Lifestyle Change to work on, are trying to make it a habit, have reduced it down to baby steps; yet you are still having issues?... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:44:48 EST For Those We Miss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is dedicated to the memory of those who've gone Home ahead of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And dedicated to comforting the persons around us who are grieving. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And to comforting ourselv... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:26:07 EST Struggling with August Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This person who is a stranger resembles me slightly, much younger and prettier tho; and her before and after pix are more motivating to me than the avatar above; and the 300lb pic of her looks very similar to me. These pix are for the purpose of reminding myself what it is I REALLY w... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:02:33 EST July 31st - Live Long & Prosper <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday nights are reduced movie ticket night in my town. I went and saw Star Trek. It was good &I was glad I went. But I did think the previous one was much better than this one. <BR> <BR> Hours have been cut at work; I found out I have only 20 hours this week, and today is one of many days I have off this week. <BR> <BR> Many people are quitting, in the deli and also in the grocery ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 01:25:06 EST Cat Lovers; &Picture Your Very Best Fall & Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's July 26th. Do you know where your August goals are? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> 2.20 mins <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know one thing for sure. I don't want to be ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:04:52 EST Laptop Reviews & Research I have always bought Dell computers, with one exception of an Acer laptop which I bought under extraordinary circumstances of needing one by the following morning - a purchase I regretted. <BR> <BR> However, I found out things have now significantly changed with Dell; Dell has significant quality issues which used to not be true years ago, hard drive crashes after 2 years; and was surprised to learn HP was rated #1. <BR> <BR> So I searched for "consumer reviews HP laptop", and got these h... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:40:25 EST Tuesday July 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my Friday; it is such a blessing that I have Wed and Thur off this week. I have been exhausted the last four weeks, so I really need two days off in a row. There are some weeks that having only one day off, is insufficient, and I've been having those kind. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am reading... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:57:09 EST June is for Roses And Goodbye, June. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:00:18 EST June Step Log Week 3 Goal Week 3 of June: 500 more steps per day avg <BR> 9091 + 500 = Week 3 Goal of 9,600 steps per day <BR> <BR> WEEK 3 <BR> Sun Jun 12 .......5424 <BR> Mon Jun 13 ....10,132 <BR> Tue Jun 14........6980 <BR> Wed Jun 15 ......8702 <BR> Thu Jun 16 .......2142 <BR> Fri Jun 17 ......12,010 <BR> Sat Jun 18......10,466 <BR> Weekly Total Week 3: 45,856 <BR> Daily Average Week 3: 6551 <BR> Goal Met for Week 3?: NO <BR> <BR> I will have to reassess my commitment. Each week I've walked less, not m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:07:36 EST Longest Day of the Year, 6-20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's beautiful pictures are brought to you courtesy of US Dept of the Interior's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost 100% are National Parks. I want to go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the longe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:44:55 EST Week 2 of June Step Log This is my new favorite picture: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,53... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:14:51 EST June Step Log Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,539 <BR> Daily Average Week 1: 9501 <BR>... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:22:36 EST Eye Candy Just because . . . they make me happy or I like them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:32:52 EST Even in My Darkest Days I Had Faith it Would Turn Around Steve Harvey article in People magazine, on being homeless. <BR> <BR> "Even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around." -- Steve Harvey <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link>,,207<BR>41192,00.html </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:35:43 EST E-15 -- Should We Use It? I saw E-15 gasoline at the pump. It is quite a bit cheaper per gallon than regular gasoline. <BR> <BR> I studied the info at the pump. The pump sticker said E-15 is safe for 2001 and newer. Which means I could pump it into my 2003 car, instead of regular, & save some $. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd just make sure it's okay, do some research first, before using it. Boy am I glad I did. <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:01:47 EST Goodbye May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 1st is tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for June? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hanging around a few more weeks, but am mentally letting go of SP friendships. Not happy, and I will remember this... Tue, 31 May 2016 14:18:26 EST Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute You Tube: Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remembering the ones who gave all . . . Fri, 27 May 2016 14:21:41 EST Thursday 5/26 Deleted a bunch more blogs yesterday and today, in preparation for closing my SP account, as a result of the recent SparkPage changes. <BR> <BR> Saw lots of things that stirred lots of memories and beautiful pix and things I had forgotten. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In one blog, talking about the Step Diet & how many steps the Amish walk per day, I said the only person I knew who walks as much as the Am... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:12:37 EST Dave Ramsey Helping Me to Lose Weight Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> Who has heard about getting in touch with your inner child? You know, that one who throws tantrums? <BR> <BR> Well, Dave has several sayings in regard to sticking to a budget, acting like a grownup in regard to delayed gratification, impulse purchases being no-nos, and stop acting like a spoiled brat, financially. He talks about the t... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:06:11 EST Dave Ramsey Quotes Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> <BR> If broke people are making fun of your financial plan, you're on track. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Radio Show, 2007-06-08 <BR> <BR> A big part of being strong financially is that you know where you are weak and take action to make sure you don't fall prey to the weakness. And we ALL are weak. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:03:31 EST Not Liking the New SparkPage Look Here are places I've left feedback on community forums & message boards, in case you want to do the same. If you read my previous blog you know I hate the changes and I especially hate, hate, hate that it looks like Facebook. What is WRONG WITH THEM that they keep making FB-like changes???? And this one is worst of all. For me, probably the final straw on the camel's back. <BR> <BR> Spark Cafe <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=39049316&imboard=1 </lin... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:38:52 EST The New Looks of SparkPages This looks disturbingly like FaceBook. <BR> <BR> I want SparkPeople to look like itself, not a cheap copycat of something else. <BR> <BR> Not at all happy. <BR> <BR> Is there a place we can vote our reaction? A community thread or something? I guess they would have to care about our opinion, first. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> I just posted on a couple of the community forum threads. Encourage every... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:07:30 EST A Reminder Or two . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 May 2016 13:40:41 EST TGIF Still no computer, but I found a way to download pix. Woooooooooo hoooooooooo! How I have missed pix in blogs and on page!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some beautiful ones, mostly from Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "my Friday", and I was so thankful to God. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:46:35 EST Do You Understand? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:47:35 EST Easy Way to Prevent 200 Cals per Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heard yesterday on KLOVE: easy way to prevent 200 cals per day without exercising or cutting back. <BR> <BR> Simple. <BR> <BR> Drink 3 more cups of water per day. <BR> <BR> Yeah we've all heard that here on SP, or stuff like it. But it was really really good for me to hear that. Two days prior, I had started drinking water again, and felt immeasurably better in a general, overarc... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:47:48 EST Mar 16 - 84 degrees <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have lots of trees in full bloom. The delicate cherry blossoms, <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the bold white Bradford Pear, <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:07:53 EST Daffodils and Rainbows Just because . . . they make me happy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:51:38 EST Significant March Dates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday Mar 12 [tonight!]: <BR> Set all manual clocks ahead, one hour early if your area participates in Daylight Savings Time <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday Mar 13 <BR> 2:00 am: Spring Forward Daylight Savngs Time Begins for many of us. <BR> Don't be late for church! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:57:06 EST Xylitol, Stevia, Just Like Sugar, etc. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had someone ask me about a natural alternative sweetener, called "Just Like Sugar". Decided to share it here for Alternative Sugar 101 purposes. <BR> <BR> This is a partial recap of a primer on sugar alternatives. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used to use Just Like Sugar instead of granulated sugar, a... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:30:29 EST Daffodils 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:45:54 EST Daffodils Just because . . . I so enjoy God's beauty. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 19:36:51 EST Leap Day Celebration I saw a daffodil today, but we have no snow here. We've had pink trees for a week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> None of the pix of crocus peeking up thru the snow will apply here. Besides having no snow, we went straight to daffodils. If there are any crocus here, I haven't seen them. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store today, the one where the manager likes me, and to both food pantries tonight. Th... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 04:37:37 EST Feb 27, Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday is Leap Day, Feb 29. The new year is 2/12ths over. <BR> <BR> Last night and tonight I've seen many cops pulling people over. It's the last Fri & Sat nights of the month in which to make their ticket quotas. <BR> <BR> FEB UPDATE <BR> <BR> Someone asked me what happened with the temp agency I blogged about Feb 4th, thanks for asking. I thought I blogged about it but guess I was so... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:24:41 EST