CHANGEISGOOD's SparkPeople Blog CHANGEISGOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nana again!!! Yesterday was a really long day! But at the end of the day, I had become the proud Nana to my 3rd grandchild and my first granddaughter!!! What an experience! My daughter had opted for a home water birth with a midwife instead of having a doctor deliver in a hospital. At 5:01 pm Kristina Liana was born! (In our living room)! She was 19.5 inches long and weighed in at 8 pounds 1 ounce! What a cutie she is! I have been blessed to be able to witness the birth of 2 of my grandbabies! Such a m... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:07:15 EST Loving life! "We want to not only add years to our life, but life to our years"! <BR> <BR> I am happy to be alive and want to enjoy every moment of this life that I can! <BR> It starts with taking care of myself and my health. <BR> No more "woulda, shoulda, couldas" for me. <BR> Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:44:00 EST I think I can, I think I can, I think I can... My efforts lately have been minimal at best. At times, more like non-existent. <BR> I am on a break between challenges and I am working on getting my head back in the game. <BR> It's time to make some goals and get my plans set and ready to go. January wss a hard month for me, for a lot of reasons. But now that's in the past. Time to pick me up, dust me off, and start again! I have about two weeks to regroup and get ready to get myself going again. I think my motto for the next few months... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:13:29 EST "Before" pictures of my yard~ <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My yard is big boring mess. I have not liked it since we moved in last Spring. This week I am working on changing that! We are getting rid of the rocks, planting grass, planting a vegetable garden, and planting a flower garden. I can't wait to enjoy the final outcome!!! Wish me luck! Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:14:22 EST A thought about failure... Just saw a quote that I had to share... <BR> "Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo". <BR> ~Jon Sinclair <BR> <BR> I like it. It is a great reminder that failure is not permanent. It's a bump in the road. It's a hiccup. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:32:42 EST Bountiful Baskets! <img src=""> <BR> I love Bountiful Baskets!!! Have you ever heard of it? <BR> It is a co-op thing where you get fresh produce at a great price! The way it works is on Monday or Tuesday you make a contribution (pay for your produce) and on Saturday morning you pick it up... I used to do this, but it has been two and a half years since last time I participated. It costs $18 here, I don't know if it is different ot... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 10:40:34 EST Sick and tired of being sick and tired. Went to urgent care today. They said they couldn't say I have the flu, because I have only had symptoms for 8 days. It has to be at least 10 days. Told me to come home and rest. I told him that what I was taking wasn't helping, he said to keep taking it or try something else. I am frustrated. They were no help at all. Out of all of my symptoms, the doctor picked up on the sinus congestion. Diagnosed me with sinusitis. Sinus problems have never caused me to have fever, chills, chest congest... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:13:25 EST SMART goals and rewards! I know how much I want to lose. And I know about how long it will take if I stick with it. But that's not enough. Today I am going to work on my S.M.A.R.T. goals and make a list of rewards to help keep me motivated along the way! I have been too vague with myself on my goals. And I know that if my goals aren't specific measurable achievable realistic and timely, I am probably not going to be successful! So, it's back to the basics for me. Watch out world, here iI come!!! Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:23:09 EST Celebrating being alive!!! This year I have decided that I am going to celebrate!!! Yep, celebrate. I will celebrate all the "normal" things: birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. A year and a half ago I created my own holiday. May first is New Beginnings Day. I created the holiday to remind me to be alive rather than merely exist. There is so much to live for!!! But I had got stuck in a rut of just existing. Not doing anything or looking forward to anything. And not taking care of me. So I had a party a... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:29:42 EST Happy New Year ~ Happy New Me!!! I am working on me. I can do this. One little change at a time. This is my story, and I plan on making it exciting!!! <BR> <BR> For this first week of the new year, I am getting back into the habit of drinking 10 cups of water a day. Somehow with the busyness of the holidays, I lost this habit. I know how important this is and how much better I feel when I do this. <BR> <BR> I have s plan for my physical well being as well. I am going to do a 30 minute cardio video 3 days a week. A streng... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:48:43 EST Feeling inspired!!! I am so super excited!!!!! <BR> This might even qualify as a miracle!!!!! <BR> I had a doctor's appointment today. I had went to have blood drawn last week. I was kinda afraid of what the results were and what my doctor might have to say. It has been 2 years since I last saw the doctor. At that time, he said that I needed to lose weight... no surprise there. I had also been told that I was just points away from having to be put on medicine for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and bord... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:49:27 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! I have a lot of reasons to be worried. I have a lot of reasons to be discouraged. I have a lot of reasons to feel defeated. But I choose to be happy. And I have decided that today is a good day to have a good day. So I will!!! <BR> <BR> I took my measurements this morning, it wasn't pretty... But I woke up and was able to get out of bed. So I am okay with those measurements. They are just numbers. A way to track my success. They do not define me! <BR> <BR> I want to weigh 87 pounds less ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:48:26 EST My Mission Statement I have been feeling like my life has been kinda out of control. I have been struggling to survive (again) and have not really been living. I took a leadership class in August that suggested that we should all have a personal mission statement. We had a time that we had to just start writing whatever came to our mind about ourself. Then we were supposed to refine it into a personal mission statement. We were to look at who we are, what roles we represent, how we want to be perceived by others ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:16:57 EST I am currently under construction..... I realized again late last night, that the middle of the night is when all of my deep thinking happens when I am on overload. I had a good day yesterday. A nice evening with a good dinner. (Not healthy, yet very tasty). I went to bed and to sleep at a good time and slept REALLY well, until 2:00 am... Then my mind went in to overdrive. (I will be posting a blog later today to share the realizations that came to me in the wee hours). Luckily I was able to eventually go back to sleep and sleep a... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:25 EST Tragedy in my home town. This is a bit too close for comfort. <BR> If you haven't already heard it on the news, you probably will. <BR> Last night tragedy struck in my home town. <BR> I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Overnight a man opened fire with automatic weapons <BR> on a concert near the strip. <BR> Las Vegas has now been given the horrific status of being the place with the worst mass shooting event in the history of our country. Over 50 people are reported dead and well over 200 are injured. Please pray for... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:50:17 EST I feel like a snapdragon. . . Today I feel like a snapdragon. . . <BR> My mind has snapped and my body is dragging. <BR> Have you ever had one of "those" days? <BR> Nothing is really wrong, but life doesn't feel right today. <BR> I feel like a good looonnnnggg nap, <BR> (or a good cry) would help. <BR> I am okay. <BR> Life is okay. <BR> It is just one of those days. <BR> <BR> Okay, time for a few long, slow, deep breaths. <BR> Gotta keep going, I am at work. <BR> I can do this... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:31:37 EST I am a Golden Phoenix~ Some people say that "resistance is futile". <BR> I know that this is NOT true! <BR> I am a Mighty Phoenix and I will rise from the ashes! <BR> I can resist defeat! I am going to do this! <BR> Watch me soar! <BR> ~Sandy Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:10:26 EST "My 600 pound Life" No, I do not weigh 600 pounds. <BR> Yes I am thankful for that. <BR> <BR> I occasionally watch the TV show "My 600 Pound Life". <BR> Last night I was watching the show, and my heart broke for the woman who was struggling with her weight. When the show first started, she weighed in at just over 601. But last night when I was watching, it really got me thinking. I paid more attention than I normally do to not only her emotions, but also to how her friends and family were treating her and the... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:58:51 EST New member challenge, again. A week ago I rejoined the new member challenge. It has got me back on track and making progress. I am feeling good and have stayed on track for a week now. Might not seen like much, but it's the longest I have kept my focus for a while. I am ready to make some permanent changes in my health and my life. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:10:11 EST I found my spark! I have been a member of sparkpeople for a long time. I lost over 45 pounds and kept it off for several years. A few years ago life hit me hard. Long story. I gave up on life, on myself and my health. I came back to sparkpeople a couple of years ago, but have barely been going through the motions. I have lost count of how many times I have lost the same 3-8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Well, I am not sure exactly what happened, or how it happened, but I have found my spark again. I have the desire an... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:26:14 EST Why not me? I keep seeing blog posts of people who have lost 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds or more. The weight loss has been over a time period of anywhere from a month, six months, a year, whatever. . . And as happy as I am for those who are making progress and meeting goals, I sometimes get discouraged and wonder, why not me? Of course I know the answer to that. I know what I need to do. I have the knowledge and the tools. I even have the motivation and encouragement. And if I had stuck to it and kept working ... Mon, 29 May 2017 23:00:05 EST Non-scale victory, for now. . . I came home from work so exhausted that I wanted to eat a big bag of potato chips and cry myself to sleep. Have you ever been that tired? I am so excited, and even proud of myself!!! I made myself a club sandwich wrap on a whole wheat tortilla and carefully measured out one serving of lightly salted corn chips. I stuffed lots of salad in my wrap. I ended up going a bit over my sodium limit for the day, but everything else is within range!!! So, even though it is a non scale victory for now. .... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:05:52 EST Non-scale victory!!! The teachers lounge had lots of goodies in it today, and I wasn't even tempted. . . I walked past several times and just kept going. This was amazing because usually when there are goodies out, I nibble every time I walk past. I am pretty proud of myself! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 18:30:53 EST Feeling better Well, since I wrote the blog about not knowing what I was craving I have been paying more attention to what I have been eating. I have also been weighing, measuring, and logging everything that I put in my mouth. And I have been drinking a lot of water. Whatever I am doing has worked, the feeling of craving something without knowing what has passed. I am feeling good and satisfied. There's something be said for healthy, go figure. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 23:27:51 EST What am I craving??? I think I am going nuts. It is that simple. For about 2 weeks now, I feel like I am craving something, but I can't seem to figure out what it is. It hasn't mattered what I have eaten or how much or little I eat, I am not feeling satisfied. I can eat a healthy meal and I feel like I need something more. I can eat junk, and same thing, I feel like I am missing something. I have tried any of the normal foods I tend to crave, it's not doing it. It is really driving me crazy. I have decided I mus... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:29:42 EST 2 times the fun and accomplishment!!! Yesterday when I got home I pulled a job out of my jar. The job was to clean and organize my Tupperware shelf. It was easier and faster than I thought it would be, so I pulled another job. That one said to empty a box in my bedroom. So I pulled a box that has been setting in my bedroom for months and emptied it. I found some candle holders that I had not been able to find and a music box I had forgot I had... The rest of the stuff in the box is stuff that I have decided that I don't want anym... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:31:31 EST Patting myself on the back. . . Yesterday I was finally feeling better when I got home from work. And by design, Wednesdays and Sundays I am choosing to not pull a chore from my job jar. Wednesday evening I usually have Bible Study at my house. This week we did not have Bible Study and at first I was thinking that I could just take the day off... but instead, I raked my back yard to clean up doggie droppings and shredded dog toys. Then I cleaned up the patio some. I grilled smoked sausages for dinner and we ate and I had di... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:38:00 EST Tired and not feeling well... Yesterday I was not feeling very well. I went home and had dinner and then could not get warm and could not stay awake. So I took some medicine and went to bed. I was in bed and asleep by 7:30. I woke up once at 10 and went right back to sleep and slept until almost 5 this morning. I hope the rest knocked it out. I am tired today, but feeling a bit better than yesterday. I am heading to get some more rest today so that I don't get sick. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:25:48 EST I didn't want to, but I did!!! I got home from work and running errands yesterday and really didn't want to pull a chore out of my job jar. But I did. It said I needed to empty the boxes stacked in the corner of the dining room. There were 3 of them. I really didn't want to. But I did and I was happy that I did. It didn't take as long as I thought it would and it is one more job done! <BR> <BR> I wonder what I will have to do today... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:07:43 EST Tuesday's and Wednesday's chores~ Tuesday's chore that I drew from my "chore jar" was dust the ceiling fan and bookshelves in my bedroom. Wednesday's chore was empty 1 box in my bedroom. I did one box. I was successful and felt good. 1 small task is less intimidating than thinking about how much I need to do. I wonder what today's chore will be..... <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:42:48 EST I have a solution... My house is out of control. There are boxes that I have not unpacked since I moved into this house almost 4 years ago. Things I have yet to hang on the walls. And the clutter is multiplying. I get home from work or get up on a day off thinking, ok, I am going to get some things done today. And then I look at all that I need to do and get so overwhelmed that I either don't do anything, or I do a little and get discouraged because it doesn't seem to make any difference at all. It is hard to jus... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:23:27 EST What are you waiting for? I'm a little late with this, this year... <BR> Usually at New Years, we tend to think about what the last year has offered and what we hope for the new year. And every year I am reminded of this, I don't remember where I first saw it, but it makes you think: <BR> <BR> If you found out today that you only had 24 hours to live. . . <BR> I have 3 questions for you: <BR> 1. Who would you call? <BR> 2. What would you say? <BR> 3. What are you waiting for??? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:06:47 EST My credit score. . . So, I have been seeing all of the commercials for checking your credit score and I have been afraid to check it. I didn't want to know how bad it was... I finally got brave and checked it. And it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. One of my goals for this year is to improve my financial situation. Well, I had to know where I stand before I could figure out how to make it better. Now that I have checked, I have a starting place. And there was a thing on the site that said that based on m... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:16:31 EST Back to logging. . . I have the tools and I know what works. So yesterday I started logging everything that I put in my mouth again. Next step is trying to stay in my calories again. I have already started drinking my water again. Baby steps again. I can do it. I have to do it. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:05:43 EST Starting Slow... Well, the first week of the Winter Challenge is over. I am down 1 pound. It is a slow start, but it is a start and I am heading in the right direction. This week I will work on building momentum. How does that saying go? Something like: things in motion tend to stay in motion... So, I will keep moving. <BR> <BR> My first week of this 10 week challenge was met with treat week at work. Every day a different grade level is bringing all their favorite Holiday treats to share. Luckily, 2 out o... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:19:49 EST It is a new day one... Today is the start of a 10 week challenge. The Biggest Loser *Spark the Season* Winter Challenge. I am a Golden Phoenix and I WILL rise out of the ashes and become new! Today is the beginning of my healthier life. Yes, I want to lose a lot of weight. But more than that, I want to get healthy. I want to really feel good in my skin. I want to become a new and improved me. So, today is day 1 (again). Today I start my journey to a healthier me. No matter what it takes. Starting today I am makin... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 17:39:29 EST I miss the internet! So, a couple of months ago, I had to find some ways to cut corners. I don't work for part of the summer and when I don't work I don't get paid. Then I had some financial set backs... I did not realize how hard it would be on me to not have internet... I am back at work and can use the internet here after my work day is over, but I am still very limited and can't stay every day. It is really hard to stay on track with sparkpeople when I can't check in the way I like. It makes it hard to stay a... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 18:23:48 EST Back on track... again! After being without internet for a while, I was very happy to be able to get back on here a week ago and restart again! It is working, I lost 3 pounds this week! Can't wait to see my progress this next week. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:45:28 EST Temporarily away. . . Due to lack of internet service, I do not have access to sparkpeople right now. <BR> I will be back as soon as I can, but it might not be for a month or so. To all my spark friends, keep sparking! I believe in you!!! Do not give up! I hope to see all of you soon! <BR> ~Sandy Wed, 3 Aug 2016 13:10:05 EST Happy New Beginnings Day! I meant to make this blog entry yesterday. But I was busy celebrating. This is a brand new holiday that I came up with through the course of a few months of self reflection and soul searching. I chose May 1st, because I just like the date and I have always thought of it as a time of new beginnings for nature. You might ask what led to me deciding I needed a new holiday to celebrate. . . Well I am glad you asked. <BR> <BR> Over the last year I had been thinking a lot about my life. Plans and ... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:54:44 EST Have you seen (or heard) my voice? Started as allergies. <BR> Congestion that led to a sinus infection. <BR> Irritating drainage. <BR> Now I have lost my voice. <BR> I guess I will be taking it easy for a few days. <BR> <BR> Prayers would be appreciated. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:35:50 EST I do not like stress. . . I do not like stress. I can roll with the punches, go with the flow and generally take life all in stride. . . But every once in a while, life sucker punches me so hard it takes my breath away. My faith is strong, and I know without a doubt that God has EVERYTHING under control. Luckily, God is big enough to handle the mess and He isn't even phased by my feelings of stress and being overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago, 2 of our dogs got into a fight. It ended up with an emergenc... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 13:14:23 EST Take 10 ~ Hi. I am trying a new approach to meeting my goals this year. Instead of focusing on losing the 95 pounds that I would like to lose in 2016, I am going to concentrate on losing 10 pounds at a time. I started a new spark team to help me focus on this goal. Please check it out. I would like to invite you to join me on this journey. The name of the spark team is "Take 10". This is my first attempt at doing this, so if the link does not work, you can go to my sparkpage and click on the Take 10 ic... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:23:35 EST 3 questions~ There are three questions I like to ask at the beginning of a new year: <BR> <BR> If you were to find out today that you only had 24 hours to live: <BR> 1- Who would you call? <BR> 2- What would you say? and <BR> 3- Why are you waiting? <BR> <BR> Call that friend or your grandmother... <BR> Say "I love you" or "Remember when..." or "Thank you". <BR> Although we do not have an expiration date stamped on the bottom of our foot, we are not promised tomorrow. So don't forget to live today. Don'... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:03:21 EST Santa's Christmas Prayer Santa's Christmas Prayer: <BR> <BR> On Christmas Eve the other night <BR> I saw the most amazing sight, <BR> For there beneath the Christmas tree <BR> Was Santa kneeling on his knee. <BR> His countenance was different than <BR> That all-familiar, jolly grin; <BR> His head was bowed, with hand to breast, <BR> And slightly tucked into his vest. <BR> For there in a nativity <BR> Was Jesus and His family, <BR> And as I heard him start to pray <BR> I listened close to what he'd say. <BR> "Lord, Y... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:07:40 EST We are all creatures. . . So, I was watching Dinosaur Train with my grandson the other day. The dinosaurs were talking about how they are the same and how they are different. They talked about how they can all be friends even though they are not the same. And they were talking about how they can try to do things that their friends do. Even if it's something that they do not normally do. They were sharing how their families are the same and how they are different. And they were encouraging one another to try new things... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:45:41 EST First day of school. Today is my little girls first day of school. She is scared. I am scared. But we are both excited, too. We hugged a little longer this morning. I wanted to let her know it would be a great day. She will make new friends. She will learn things. She will have fun. And she will be challenged. She also wanted to reassure me that she would have a great day. She will make new friends. She will have fun. And she will be challenged. We have prayed together. We have prayed separately. We know that Go... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:30:51 EST HOT!!! Well, according to the weatherman, it isn't that hot. He said its only 103° with 20% humidity. (Our humidity is usually no more than 3%-5%). However, the air conditioners at work quit working in the middle of the day yesterday. And they are not working yet. And I am working at an indoor school, so we have no way of circulating the air. When I got in the car, my ac couldn't keep up. The thermometer on my patio says 118°. When I got home I was dehydrated and over heated... I have drank a lot... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 20:10:52 EST Say what??? ~ Well, that's a first! Once I had logged all of my food for yesterday, and my water, and then my exercise (swimming) I had a notice pop up, in red, that I may not be consuming enough calories for the amount of calories I have been burning!!! It basically said that I need to eat more calories, if I continue burning calories at that rate, in order to lose weight!!! WOW! That was a great feeling!!! <BR> <BR> I go back to work tomorrow, so I don't know if I will be able to get the same amount of swimming in that I hav... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:15:22 EST Drink that water!!! I used to do really well with drinking my water. I could easily drink 10 cups a day. And I was feeling good. Then I stopped. I don't know why. I got to where I was doing good if I drank 4 cups of water. And boy could I tell the difference. So, this week I have started making a conscious effort to drink at least 10 cups of water a day, again. I wanted to share two strategies that work for me. When I am going to be at home I keep a glass next to the sink that holds one cup of water, a mere 8 o... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:17:28 EST