CHANGEISGOOD's SparkPeople Blog CHANGEISGOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 l... 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 Time to swim. . . This is going to be my mantra, my catch phrase, and my mind set for the next few months. <BR> I love, no, I LOVE to swim. I have a pool in my back yard. And the weather here will be perfect for a swim most days for the next 3 to 4 months. So, I plan to spend some time in the pool every day this summer. It is great exercise and a great stress reliever. Why wouldn't I swim??? Plus, if I am going to take the time to keep it cleaned and running, it would be stupid to not swim. I can already feel... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:09:55 EST Starting again, hopefully for the last time... I just started again, again, yesterday. I am hoping, planning, and praying that this will be last time I start again. (Only because I don't want to stop this time). I need to stick with it this time and meet my goals. And I do believe that this time will be the time that it happens. I know there will be days that I slip, stumble and maybe even fall. But overall, I am going to do everything in my power to keep moving and keep working until I am where I want and need to be. I have Sparkpeople... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:14:39 EST finally an accurate diagnosis. . . So, every year for several years starting in November and continuing through February, I have suffered with breathing problems. I have made a couple of trips to urgent care every year. Sometimes sinus infections, but I have had bronchitis every winter. In fact, more than once each winter for several years. This year I was at urgent care in December and in January. I haven't needed to see a doctor except for these annual trips to urgent care in over three years. This week I came home from wor... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:36:46 EST My house was broken into. . . I have had a frustrating week. My daughter and I got home from work on Tuesday to find that our house had been broken into. The only things stolen were our Wii and most of my jewelry and a bunch of my Mom's jewelry. My bedroom had been ransacked, drawers dumped, filling cabinet opened, and every room, closet and door opened. We are feeling very vulnerable and uncomfortable. Neither of us are sleeping well. The police came, assigned us a case number and gav Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:56:45 EST Is that where my motivation went??? So, I have been struggling a bit, lately. Haven't really been able to find my motivation. And haven't been able to figure out why. It started before Christmas. I thought it was because money was very tight. Now, I don't think that was it at all. . . <BR> <BR> I realized before Thanksgiving that I had lost contact with family and friends. I had changed cell phones and lost contact info for most of my family and friends. So, I set out to reconnect. I searched and found addresses for people. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:25:44 EST Bountiful Baskets! WOW!!! Bountiful Baskets. <BR> WOW!!! <BR> So first, I need some help. What is YOUR favorite thing to do with jalapenos? I got 8 big healthy jalapenos in my basket, and I have never bought these or cooked with them. What would you do? How would you do it? <BR> <BR> How bout fresh coconut? Yep, I got one of those, too. The brown outer part has been cut off, but other than that it is in tact. <BR> <BR> And the Jolly Green Giant has nothing on Bountiful Baskets. . . I got almost 4 pounds of carrots... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:57:38 EST First weeks treasures from Bountiful Baskets!!! Hello all, I hope you are all doing well! <BR> <BR> So, this morning I went and picked up my first treasures from Bountiful Baskets. After I got home I made a list of what I got and took it to the grocery store. I wanted to compare how much my produce cost through the co-op to what I would have spent at the grocery store. . . I spent $15 and here is what I got: <BR> Fruit: 1 pineapple, 1 pound of strawberries, 4.4 oz of blueberries, 3 grapefruit, 4 red pears, and 5 naval oranges. <BR> Veg... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:55:12 EST Let the celebration begin!!! The holidays are over. The crazy rush to make everything perfect for Christmas, see everyone, call everyone, attend everything, oh yeah, and don't forget about being sick through it all!!! And the emotions. Missing people who are now in heaven, excitement in catching up with friends and family, things I wish were different that I have no control over, things that I should have under control but don't, kids moving out, work, weight, overall health, wishes, dreams, regrets, new beginnings. . . ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:13:29 EST Bountiful Baskets! I AM SO VERY INCREDIBLY EXCITED!!! <BR> Several years ago I participated in a food co-op program called bountiful baskets. I can't even remember why I stopped, I think I couldn't afford to do it for a couple of weeks and then I just never went back. Anyway. . . I just created a new account and I am so excited. In a nutshell, this is how it works... <BR> Each week you make a contribution to the CO-op. It's $15 (or $25 for organic). The ladies that run the program take the money and buy what ev... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:11:19 EST Help, looking for the quick start... Hello spark friends, <BR> I am trying to find the quick start checklists that walk you through the steps when we all first joined spark people. You know, the weigh and measure, tracking, etc. I am starting over, from the beginning, and wanted to revisit these helpful tools. But I don't know where to find them. Anyone know how to find them? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sandy Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:54:08 EST *A letter to me* Dear Sandy~ <BR> It seems like I have known you all of my life. You and I have so much in common. It seems we always take care of everyone else (but don't do such a good job taking care of ourselves). And encouraging others brings us great joy! When was the last time you said, or even thought, something encouraging to yourself? <BR> <BR> Well, here's the deal. We know each other pretty well. But I would like to really get to know you much better. What makes you smile? What is your favorite... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:52:12 EST Back on track!!! Two days ago I tracked my food again, for the first time in a few weeks. It was quite an eye opener for me. I weighed, measured, and logged everything. And realized I had eaten twice as much as I should have with only a fraction of the nutrition I should have. Yesterday I did better. Plus my daughter and I went grocery shopping and stocked up on fruits and veggies. Today I planned my meals and snacks for the day, and I am happy to say it is right on track! I have also increased my water cons... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:05:51 EST OUCH!!! I would say that I am sitting here with egg on my face, <BR> but if it got that close to my mouth, I probably would have eaten it, too..... <BR> <em>15</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I tracked my food yesterday. And I was honest about what I ate. <BR> My calorie range for what I SHOULD eat is 1200 - 1550. <BR> Yesterday my calorie intake was 2584!!! <BR> I haven't been logging my food lately. Or eating any fruit or veggies. Or drinking my water. No wonder I haven't been abl... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:58:57 EST Being a Christian is kind of like being a pumpkin~ Being a Christian is kind of like being a pumpkin. <BR> <BR> Here’s what God does when we invite Him into our hearts… <BR> <BR> Step 1: Wash your pumpkin - “We’re not a pumpkin, but we’re kind of like one. God picks us from the patch, brings us in and washes us clean. Just like a pumpkin, we have an inside and an outside. People only see the outside, but God sees the inside as well.” <BR> Bible Verse - 1 Samuel 16:7 – “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the o... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:56:57 EST Christians are like Jack O' Lanterns Christians are like Jack O' Lanterns * <BR> <BR> God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you into his home. He washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff on the inside. He removes the seeds of sinfulness and carves you a new smiling face. He puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see. <BR> <BR> You can either stay outside and rot on the vine or have Jesus come inside ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:45:28 EST Pumpkin Prayer "Pumpkin Prayer" <BR> <BR> {cut off top of pumpkin} <BR> Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you. <BR> <BR> {remove innards} <BR> Remove the things in my life that don’t please you. <BR> Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others. <BR> <BR> {cut open eyes} <BR> Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me. <BR> <BR> {cut out nose} <BR> I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the good food you provide. <BR> <BR> {cut out m... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:43:54 EST TGIF... TGIF <BR> What does that mean to you? <BR> For me it holds a double meaning... <BR> <BR> First, like most people, TGIF means: Thank God It's Friday!!! <BR> And this morning I am ever so thankful that it is Friday! No matter what this week end holds, I don't have to go to work for 2 days. It's going to be a busy week end, but that's ok. It will be full of fun!!! <BR> <BR> My second meaning for TGIF: <BR> Thank God I'm Forgiven!!!!! <BR> Truly a prayer of thanksgiving! God has forgiven me ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:10:30 EST A new beginning~ This fall is a time of change for me. I am making some changes for me and for my health. And this time, I am doing it for me and I am really ready for the change. I am not "going on a diet" I am changing my life for the better. And I am going to celebrate me. I can't wait till a year from now when I can look back and see how far I've come! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:33:55 EST Insanity... So, I think the saying goes like this: <BR> The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> It's official... I am insane. <BR> I have been overweight for 30 years. I know when it started and why. I knew, even then, how to stop it and how to fix it. I can probably list what I was going through each time I had a significant weight gain. I could tell you about each time I decided "this is it, time to lose the weight"! ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:55:19 EST Do I really weigh that much??? My scale quit working. <BR> Yes, I do know that it really is that simple. <BR> I hadn't weighed myself for a couple of weeks, and I decided to check and see how much damage I've done since I stopped weighing, measuring, and logging my food. My scale would not come on. I changed the battery, it came on, I stepped on the scale... and nothing. I know I haven't gained THAT much weight... but my first thought was "I BROKE MY SCALE"!!! I know that that's not the case. I know that I am not near the... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:16:26 EST See food diet... This diet is not working for me. Ok, so it isn't really much of a diet. When I see food, I eat it. And lately it seems that I've seen a lot of food... this has to stop. NOW! I have not been making healthy choices. And I have not been controlling my portions. And, probably the biggest mistake, I have not been logging what I eat and drink. <BR> <BR> I am off work for the next 2 1/2 weeks. I plan on using this time to get control of myself, my eating habits and my life in general. I am going... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:19:25 EST advice from a butterfly Let your true colors show <BR> Get out of your cocoon <BR> Take yourself lightly <BR> Look for the sweetness in life <BR> Take time to smell the flowers <BR> Catch a breeze! <BR> ~ Ilan Shamir <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:48:45 EST Back on track... Today I started logging my food, drinking my water, and making better choices concerning my health. I have spent the last week getting myself mentally ready to get back on track. I am ready to make the changes I need to make in order to improve my health. I bought a new tape measure and took my measurements. I bought new bathroom scales, so I can accurately track my weight. I made a shopping list so I can go stock up on healthy food tomorrow morning. I am ready. I am ready to start this new j... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:31:05 EST Too much excitement... After church today, my best friend invited me, my girls, and my grandson to go out to lunch with her... she suggested Cici's Pizza thinking that my grandson who is almost a year and a half would like it. Well, my daughter (the grandson's mom) is trying a gluten free diet to see if it relieves some headaches and pressure she has been dealing with. So, we went next door to the Hibachi Grill... we hadn't been in the restaurant a minute when a man ran in yelling "LOCK THESE DOORS, SOMEONE JUST SH... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:02:36 EST Hooray for little victories!!! My last blog put things into perspective for me. I am getting myself together to play a better game. I need to make this fun. I need to make this something I WANT to do. And I need to celebrate all of my victories! <BR> <BR> I just took my measurements, and realized I haven't done that since one year ago, today. Seriously, I have weighed myself, but I haven't taken my measurements since June 1, 2013! And I am happy to say, I am 15 pounds and 6.75 inches smaller than I was this time last year... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:04:57 EST So, what have I lost? I just went back and read a blog that I posted on September 1st. It was the day that I made a commitment to myself to lose 70 pounds over the next 9 months. It was a good goal and very doable. <BR> <BR> As I read it, I was thinking about how I felt the day I wrote it. And the goals I had set and the plans I made that day. Since then, I have lost some weight, and I have gained some weight. The same with my health and my motivation. As I set and reflect, I realize that I weigh exactly the same... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:08:00 EST content... Today I am content. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful Spring day, I am relaxing with a cup of coffee and enjoying the birds singing. It is early, so the house is quiet. Everyone else is still sleeping. The fresh morning air is invigorating. The promisedoesof the new day is before me and the relief of a good night sleep is still with me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went shopping with my girls for a while. Ok, more than a while, we were out all day. We haven't done that for a while. We had lunch out, t... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:19:29 EST Have you seen my joy? Have you seen my joy? I seem to have misplaced it. Nothing is really wrong. I have just been in a funk. I am not really sad or depressed or anything like that, I just, I don't know, I'm kind of just here... I am starting a new journey today. I am going in search of me, and my joy. I think I have just been so busy for so long, doing what has to be done, and getting so overwhelmed sometimes. But today, I am making a decision to stop just existing and doing... and actually start living again! I ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:26:41 EST Yay for scrambled eggs! Boo for strep throat... I am so very excited! I was able to eat some scrambled eggs this morning without my throat killing me. It is the first thing I have been able to eat without pain since Thursday. I can still feel my throat when I swallow, if that makes sense. In fact, my throat still hurts some, but it didn't hurt to eat. Not sure how that worked, but I'll take it! Also, I am drinking a diet coke, and it actually tastes right!!! I had one a couple of days ago, but with the infection, it did not taste right. M... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:03:10 EST Almost human It's funny how sometimes when you are sick you have to start feeling some better before you get the full idea of how sick you were. I started the week not feeling "normal". I was tired and achy. Didn't feel sick. By Thursday, I didn't feel good, but nothing specific that I could say "this is what's wrong", I was cold and tired. Friday I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and could not get warm. By time I went to bed I had a fever and chills, I hurt from head to toe, my ears hurt. Saturday I... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:32:02 EST A new day, it's a start. Today was a new day. I am still dragging, recuperating. I went to work, that helped. The kids are always a good distraction. The time change seems to have affected the wee ones in my class. <BR> <BR> All of the comments and support I got in response to yesterday's blog really helped. I love sparkpeople! It has been a tough day, but much better than yesterday. One day at a time. I feel drained, but hopeful. Thank you too all who read and responded to my blog yesterday, I really do appreci... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:47:59 EST Ready for things to get better... Today has been a hard day for me... <BR> Well, that is an understatement! <BR> <BR> There have been a lot of things that have just overwhelmed me lately. I wouldn't even know where to begin if I were going to list them... and I really don't have the energy to do that, anyway. Today the flood gate broke. I started off the day in tears (at 5 this morning) and I think I finally cried my last tears this afternoon at about 3 ish. Now I am drained. I don't think I could cry anymore if I had to! ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:18:34 EST Not easy to say good-bye... The past week or so has been bitter sweet for me. One of my dogs, really he was my son's dog, has suddenly aged. Bruno is a lab chow mix and is one of the sweetest and most well behaved dogs that I have ever known. He hasn't had an accident in the house since the day after we got him. And up until last week... he has been a fun energetic puppy. <BR> However~ <BR> This week all of his 15+ years have caught up with him with a vengeance. And this afternoon I will be taking him to the vet and hu... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:17:10 EST ...just calll me Alexander So, if you are a parent, or were ever a child... you might be familiar with this book... <BR> The way my day is starting out, just call me Alexander... <BR> <BR> " Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day " <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:50:04 EST Can't find my favorites... I am doing ok with the new start page set up... but I can't find my favorites anywhere. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <BR> I was going to look for something that I had saved to my spark favorites... but I don't know how to find my spark favorites. I am sure it is right in plain sight, but I just can't seem to see it. I will keep looking. But if anyone knows where I have lost my favorite, I would really appreciate some help... <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> I am offering a "spark reward" to an... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:18:11 EST YAY!!! It's Friday! Not that this will be a lazy lay around type of week end... but YAY! It's Friday. <BR> It has been a good week at work. But I am glad it is over. I am ready for some me time. Some family time. Some take care of business at home time. <BR> <BR> Have a great week end and enjoy yourself, what ever you choose to do. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:08:43 EST