CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil <BR> <link><BR>palm-oil-healthy-fat-that-rivals-cocon<BR>ut-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:21 EST Do U Need Inspiration to Get Back On Track? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The blog (linked below) is a GREAT blog. I so, so, so NEEDED this blog. <BR> <BR> I am going to read this several times a week. <BR> <BR> He took 8 tries to get back on track. When you see who it is, you'll probably like me, sit up and take notice. <BR> <BR> There are so many, SO MANY, good quotes in this blog. Here is one that is still impacting me: <BR> <BR> "Because after all, I know this works sinc... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:10:42 EST Reclaiming My Positive Attitude <img src=""> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:50 EST No Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:45:22 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thumbs up on keeping Saturday as Sabbath - panicked when I remembered on Friday (b/c of all the stuff I had to do this weekend), but I kept the Sabbath anyway and Saturday was great. When I got tired and yawn-ie, I simply went to bed early Sat night - no guilt. It was a great day and was not nearly as hard at all as I thought it'd be. It was really wonderful, in fact. <BR> <BR> Unexpectedly, Sunday morning was ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:04:13 EST Where'd the Red Flags Go? They used to be on the Start page. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:13:38 EST Glorious Unfolding, by Steven Curtis Chapman GLORIOUS UNFOLDING, by Steven Curtis Chapman <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In You Tube, after 5 seconds, click on "Skip Ad" in bottom right of screen. <BR> <BR> Lay your head down tonight <BR> Take a rest from the fight <BR> Don’t try to figure it out <BR> Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart <BR> ‘Cause I know this is not <BR> Anything like you thought <BR> The story of your life was gonna be <BR> And it feels like the end has started closi... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:08:50 EST TGIF - Christian Blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems to me there are 4 parts to this verse: <BR> Seeking the kingdom of God <BR> Seeking the righteousness of God <BR> Priority order, i.e. seeking His kingdom & righteousness FIRST <BR> Priority order, i.e. God's response; other stuff added into your life, NEXT <BR> <BR> This verse seems almost to me like a "natural law of the universe", the universe God created. Similar to the way the law of the harvest, o... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:28:56 EST Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Job Hunting: <BR> The usual grind, and all the months and years of grind before this week, yielded nothing. I sent my resume to a local company that asked for it this week, after interviewing there 2 mo ago, but I am NOT getting my hopes up again just to be crushed again. I'm in damage control mode now; "shield yourself from rejection" mode. Remain pleasant, upbeat, professional, doing everything in your power t... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:11:17 EST Never Once, by Matt Redman <link> </link> <BR> <BR> On YouTube, after 5 seconds, click on "Skip Ad" in bottom right of screen. <BR> <BR> Standing on this mountaintop <BR> Looking just how far we've come <BR> Knowing that for every step <BR> You were with us <BR> <BR> Kneeling on this battle ground <BR> Seeing just how much You've done <BR> Knowing every victory <BR> Was Your power in us <BR> <BR> Scars and struggles on the way <BR> But with joy our hearts can say <BR> Yes, our ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:48:11 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I've taken some time to consider goals. It's the Second Half of the year. Time to get the second half of the game on the road, and get in the game. <BR> <BR> But . . . I didn't want to restart just for the sake of restarting; or just because it was July 1st. <BR> <BR> I wanted it to mean more than that. <BR> <BR> I always plan alot with my goals. And I never make it. (I always accomplish more th... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:59:29 EST Need a Smile Today? I laughed outloud. Puppy does not want to get up. It's hilarious. Turn your speakers / sound on. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=96 </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:02:54 EST List of Minerals in Food In regard to my previous blog, re, minerals for thyroid, I started wondering about the mineral content of fruits. I never hear about the mineral content in fruits. Just nuts, veggies, meat, etc. <BR> <BR> I got lucky when I did a search for minerals found in fruit. On my first try and first link I found a very good chart, which lists fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, etc. Tho this info is avail from many sources including SP, this chart is very user friendly and very helpful; I just love t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:07:38 EST Your Thyroid Needs 9+ Minerals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is an email from Dr. Carolyn Dean. She is an MD, and is also an ND. Today she sent this email, "Your Thyroid Needs 9 Minerals", and I was impressed by the content so I wanted to share it. Disclaimer - she does sell stuff on her website, which is a turnoff for me personally; but at least it is healthy stuff instead the prescriptions doctors write you in their office that you buy (they sell, too).. The diffe... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:12:47 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> If you know these things happy are you if you do them. — Jesus <BR> <BR> What things do you know to do, but aren't doing? <BR> <BR> Hmmm. Sobering thought. My list would be long. Time to start living wisely, hmm? <BR> <BR> This morning the ALDIs I was near had $2 off mark-downs on 80/20 ground beef! And also pork chops, which I don't care about. <BR> <BR> The pkgs were $8 pkgs. For example, $7.98 pkg, $8.34 p... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:01:45 EST Saturday ALDI's Report: <BR> (Re, previous blog) Well my ALDIs didn't have many specials this morning. <em>24</em> They still had plenty of 99-cent lopes and $2.99 watermelons, however. Since I already had some, I didn't buy any. I'm having watermelon tonight though! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Their truck comes in Tues or Wed; and the new weekly sales always start on Wed morning at ALDIs. So sometimes Tue morn & Wed morn are better for overstock markdowns to make room for the new weekly specials t... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:29:16 EST 4th of July & ALDI's Alert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a great time watching the fireworks last night. Another 20 minute display. Turns out I was parked in exactly the right location, at Starbucks, had to walk about 20 feet to see them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also learned from a radio special that one of the Founding Fathers - Jefferson or Adams or Madison? - wanted Independence Day to be ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:51:03 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Rio de Janeiro Fireworks <BR> <BR> Heard from my closest two friends yesterday on my birthday, got a voice mail of my brother & SIL singing Happy Bday to me, and had many SparkFriends celebrate with me. Thank you so much for thinking of me! <BR> <BR> In addition I celebrated my bday by watching Fireworks Sat, June 28, and if they're not rained out I'm also going to watch a second set in a neighboring town tonight at ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:27:56 EST Wednesday - Time to Grow Up <img src=""> <BR> Nashville Fireworks <BR> <BR> Showered at Planet Fitness this morning but was not feeling good about myself so I didn't work out. Wasn't up for it, and kind of felt gross b4 the shower. I might go back tonight however. I feel better now. <BR> <BR> After Planet Fitness I went somewhere else and colored my hair. I stocked up on haircolor last summer. I stacked the store sale, with store coupons, with manufacturer... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:38:29 EST China Has Now Halted GMO Grain Imports from the USA <img src=""> <BR> Burbank Fireworks <BR> <BR> <BR> So happy to hear this! We'll defeat Monsanto one dollar at a time. These declined sales will help, by requiring more farmers to grow more non-Monsanto corn, in order to be eligible for sale to China: <BR> <BR> China has now halted GMO grain imports from the USA: <BR> <link><BR>ain_imports_GMOs.html </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:03:39 EST Sharing Last Night's Fireworks There were festivities and events throughout the day starting with the 11a parade, and then a 5:30-9:30 segment with the fireworks starting at 9:30. I only went to the fireworks and parked in a Food Lion grocery store parking lot to see them. <BR> <BR> They lasted 20 minutes and were very beautiful. I was surprised at the high quality for such a tiny town. <BR> <BR> This video captures the last 11mins including the extra fireworks at the finale: <BR> <link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:52:44 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After breakfast this morning I went to the library, which closes soon at 3p. I am not finished catching up on blogs and threads. <BR> <BR> Then am going to the laundromat; I already sorted it. <BR> <BR> Then treadmill and shower at Planet Fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the fireworks after that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:46:32 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's Friday and I made it through another week. I wasn't online yesterday. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to fireworks tomorrow night! I don't know why a local, tiny town has them early but they do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I went to the Soup Kitchen for lunch, so I could go through the grocery line after. So far have not eaten the main item served for lunch 3X, re, pork. They must have had alot of... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:35:43 EST I Chronicles 16:11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need His strength. <BR> <BR> Week 3 of depression. Day 2 of consecutive supplements. Did 50 mins on treadmill today at Planet Fitness. No volunteering yet this week. Not up for it. <BR> <BR> I emptied the glove box so I could restock it with stevia and xylitol packettes so I can drink sugarless iced tea and lemonade again, which always makes me feel better, and restocked the car with water. <BR> <BR... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:17:47 EST Prosperity & Contentment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ITimothy 6:6 Paul, writing to Timothy says: <BR> Godliness with contentment is great gain . . . <BR> <BR> 6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. <BR> 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world; <BR> 8 But if we have food ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:56:08 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well after reducing goals and then essentially taking this week off, I am starting to feel a tiny bit better. I met the goal of researching outdoor walking paths (see previous blog). And that's about it. <BR> Steps (today's not done yet): <BR> June 15 4253 <BR> June 16 2624 <BR> June 17 3529 <BR> June 18 4244 <BR> June 19 3283 <BR> June 20 3548 <BR> <BR> The book of Job has been on my mind and in my heart a... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:15:03 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my goals for quite some time has been to research walking parks and botanical gardens. It was on my goals list again this week. I finally did it. I want to schedule outdoor walking like I used to do when I lived in the other town that has the walking park. <BR> <BR> I prefer walking outside; I get many more steps in that way than I do on the treadmill. I love being in God's creation and renewing my sp... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:47:32 EST Butterfly Bushes; & Storing Clothes w/o a Closet <img src=""> <BR> Tiger Swallowtails <BR> <BR> The butterfly bushes have begun to bloom here in NC. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Old World Swallowtail <BR> <BR> I realized a couple weeks ago that I had not only missed tulips this Spring, I also missed lilac season. I love, love, love lilacs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Red-... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:35:41 EST Not Doing SP is Soooooo Freeing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Epilogue to my previous blog: <BR> <BR> I deleted all my SparkPeople-related links, bookmarks, favorites, and shortcuts. <BR> <BR> In email, I deleted the folder where I store SP emails to be clicked on. I no longer click on 8 stored emails a day to get points. <BR> <BR> I no longer have incoming emails for points, to manage and file in folders in email because I unchecked all my email notifications and n... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:59:35 EST SP's Changes Are Wasting My Time SP didn't renew the contract last June, 2013, with Health News. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I didn't get on the computer at all nor on SP. <BR> <BR> Today, I have alot of catchup to do. The link I made to Health News so I could find it, after SP made a bunch of unneccessary changes LAST June, June 2013, is no longer working today, but worked Sunday and before, every day. <BR> <BR> When the link didn't work, I wasted MORE time searching within SP about Health News new location or deletion, ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:29:51 EST Baby Steps, Progress, & Faith I had a hard week, the kind where you want to give up. <BR> <BR> I'm still having it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> SparkPeople's Comments <BR> On your path to healthy living, you'll have good days, bad days, and days that are "just OK." Don't go into your lifestyle changes with the mindset that you have to be perfect all the time, because you don't! Instead, focus on taking BABY STEPS TO HEALTH (embedded link) that will help you rea... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:21:32 EST Free Online Career Coaching? Help Please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you know of any resources for free online career coaching, specifically for adults 50 and older, please let me know. This is for myself. I've read plenty of books so NO BOOKS PLEASE. I need something bigger than a book, more overarchiing, comprehensive, and deeper. I need an actual SYSTEM like Dave Ramsey's system for finances or FlyLady's system for routines and decluttering, except this system is for caree... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:48:50 EST Natural Help for Migraines: Magnesium <img src=""> <BR> Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7 <BR> <BR> Casting all our anxieties on Him, which is A CHOICE, is one of the best helps for headaches. <BR> True "cures" by real healers, usually address the physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional needs that are interdependent and feed into and off of one another. <BR> <BR> But here's another practical help: magnesium. <BR> <BR> Now, it's a ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:18:07 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a rushed lunch today but it was still very nice, and a treat. <BR> <BR> The temp agency had not much out of currently available jobs, however I'm going to follow up on that one thing as well as take some tests the sent me for Word, Excel, etc. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised yet today so I'm going to Planet Fitness tonight. They don't close weekdays, but they do close at night on weekends. So I can go ther... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:19:16 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I needed this reminder today after weighing at Planet Fitness and resetting all my goals on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Got almost 10K steps while still on the treadmill at the gym, and did arms today at the gym. <BR> <BR> Tested it today and found out, yes, I can read at the gym while on the treadmill. So I'm going to find books in ministorage . . . eventually . . . <BR> <BR> At 2lbs a week, you could lose 104l... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:31:40 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I scheduled an interview with a new temp agency, and called all the old ones. Nada. Still no contact from the place I interviewed at 3 weeks ago and it went well. I have emailed them once a week ago, and am going to call them today. Not looking good. I would be surprised if the positions are still available, 3 weeks later. <BR> <BR> Going to Planet Fitness, Life Group 7-9, and will continue job ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:17:52 EST Sunday Praise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 16:04:31 EST Weekly Wrap Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just had a check-up-on-myself moment. I realized I've been on SP since 2008; 6 years in July. <BR> <BR> This was at first shocking, then alarming, then humbling. I don't want it bad enough, or I'd be fit by now. (My original goal when I joined SP was Fit By Fifty - I'll be 52 this summer.) No matter how difficult it is (think of Beth Donovan), and I'm not even disabled!, I could have and should have made s... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:38:15 EST Spark Activity Tracker, & Garmin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 2nd & 3rd Goal Accountability <BR> <BR> 3 HEALTHY MEALS TODAY <BR> I am very surprised to be struggling with this. I thought I had this figured out already. Goal accountability means I couldn't cheat though, so I accomplished this goal. No wonder I've been gainng if this fundamental is not straight (tho I know at many points it has been straight). The power of goals! Makes me see this. <BR> <BR> SUP... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:26:46 EST June 1st <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just lost a blog & am trying to not have a tantrum. <BR> <BR> No time to re-do, so I am skipping June 1st. <BR> <BR> I think I am seriously going to never use McDonald's public wifi again if there's any other choice. Even though they are the only place with $1 salads. <BR> <BR> I have HAD it. <BR> <BR> NOTHING is worth the loss of my serenity. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:15:34 EST June Goals Today's quote: "No one is judging you at the gym. They are all silently cheering you on." —Coach Nicole <BR> <BR> A couple verses for today from Proverbs 31: <BR> "She girds herself with STRENGTH [spiritual, mental and PHYSICAL FITNESS for her God-given task] and makes her arms STRONG AND FIRM. " <BR> Proverbs 31:17 Amplified, emphasis mine in all caps <BR> <BR> 1. "Gird" means To equip or endow; To prepare (oneself) for action; To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for acti... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:47:31 EST Working on June Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my previous blog, I spoke of the need to find a SMART Goal, weight or fitness, that I could use to replace the BS1 goal in the example I wrote about. <BR> <BR> The Step Diet says a loss of 1-2 lbs per week is typical during the weight loss portion of the diet. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople says due to my extreme obesity, people my size can lose up to 3lbs a week, healthily. <BR> <BR> Dave Ramsey says when gettin... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:18:30 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the last Wednesday of Spring. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for Summer? <BR> <BR> I have been contemplating June goals. I have one outstanding achievement for May, and that's finally getting restarted on exercise, walking with a pedometer. And I got my supplements out. <BR> <BR> Tracking and walking is inconsistent. <BR> <BR> And the rest of May is a wash, for my SparkJourney. <BR> <BR> For June my g... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:59:23 EST ALDIs Bargains <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love that ALDIs closes on major holidays, b/c it means you can make a haul the day after b/c of the items that didn't sell & have close expiry dates! <BR> <BR> Sundays ALDIs has short hours, like noon to 6 or 7. Monday ALDIs was closed for the holiday (next holiday closing is Fri, July 4). <BR> <BR> So ALDIs had been closed for a day and a half when they re-opened this morning. <BR> <BR> Wow did I make the... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:03:07 EST In Memory of My Father My dad was an army veteran of WWII and Korea. Sadly I don't remember all his stories. I do know he served in Canada, Guam, and Japan. <BR> <BR> In Canada he said he was stationed in Churchill, testing cold weather clothing, parkas, and gear. Riiiiiiiiiiight. I remember him talking about hunting ptarmigan. I have always wondered what he was really doing while stationed there. Obviously, something he couldn't talk about. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 26 May 2014 17:36:04 EST In Memorial 2Samuel 1:27 <BR> Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen! Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TAPS <BR> Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield <BR> Army of the Potomac, Civil War <BR> <BR> "Fading light dims the sight, <BR> And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. <BR> From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night. <BR> <BR> Day is done, gone the sun, <BR> From the lake, from the hills, from... Sat, 24 May 2014 13:14:10 EST Meteor Shower Tonight Re, yesterday's blog - I forgot to look at the sky last night. Too tired. I will have to set an alarm on my phone so I remember tonight. <BR> <BR> What I'll be looking for is something I've never heard of before, the Camelopardalids (the giraffe), which is near the north star, Polaris (radiant): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'd like to find that formation, the giraffe, before the meteor showers begin. Other than Orion's belt and the big an... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:19:19 EST Camelopardalid meteor shower May 23-24 North America is predicted to have the best view of a possible new meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR Friday night through Saturday morning (May 23-24, 2014). The Camelopardalids, coming up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-meteor-shower-storm-may-2014 </link> <BR> <BR> I've never heard of the Camelopardalids, here's a pic I'm going to use to look tonight and see if I can find it: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 22 May 2014 12:09:34 EST Christians 'Possessing the Land' of Healthy Living Regarding me regaining my weight and starting over, a sorepoint with me!!, the Lord has laid on my heart Exodus 23:29 - 30, that fleeing the 'Egypt' of a lifestyle of obesity and coming to the 'Promised Land' of a normal BMI and inhabiting it, is a step by step process. I couldn't handle it if I lost all the weight (again) quickly; I wouldn't be able to maintain that loss and I really wouldn't be healthy in my mind and spirit; that I have to do it by baby steps in order to transform my mind ... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:05:43 EST Turmeric <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The articles explain the best form to take it in, dosage and safety, what supplements are good and bad and why, also to take it with pepper and why, etc. Click on the links given. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, turmeric's amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secre... Tue, 20 May 2014 11:21:46 EST