CHARLIE-B's SparkPeople Blog CHARLIE-B's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blog 18 in 2013, Fall 2013 5% Challenge Assignment 10 - Strategize List your reasons/excuses on why your diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track fro 8 weeks. Let’s learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenger ever! <BR> <BR> <BR> Diet Reasons/Excuses: <BR> For me it has been eating to few calories. The main thing I have learned to lose weight (for me) is I have to eat the proper foods every 3 to 4 hours a day. <BR> I the past I have t... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:03:13 EST 2013 Blog 17 ~ Update on my progress with eating on The Fast Metabolism Diet! Update on my progress with eating on The Fast Metabolism Diet! <BR> <BR> 1st 28 day cycle From 7/1/13 to 7/28/13 <BR> Weight <BR> +174.4 <BR> - 167.4 <BR> ====== <BR> 7.0 Pounds Lost <BR> <BR> Inches 6/29/13 to 8/3/13 <BR> + 302.5 in. - <BR> -298.25 in. <BR> ========= <BR> 4.25 Inches gone <BR> <BR> <BR> I started my second 28 day cycle of The Fast Metabolism Diet on July 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> 2nd 28 day cycle From 7/29/13 to 8/25/13 <BR> Weight <BR> +167.4 <BR> - 163.8 <BR> =... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:39:18 EST Why I Love Our 5% Challenge Teams and especially the team I am on this time, The Casual Travelers <em>220</em> We have a close net group of women who encourage and support each other everyday. No other teams I have been a part of, (even the ones I am a leader of) have constantly posted and have been so active. We have the greatest leaders on all the 5% Challenge Private Teams. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> We are all working together to lose 5% of our individual weight within a 8 week span in all four seasons, (Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter). <BR> <BR> My hat is off to the wonderful l... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:42:33 EST 2013~Blog~15 ~ 1st week of 2nd 28 days DONE & lost more! I started my 2nd 28 day cycle of the Fast Metabolism Diet on July 29th <BR> <BR> It is getting easier to get it right. I finished my 1st 7 days yesterday and I was down 2 more pounds. On Mon. (Day 1) I was at 168.4 lbs and Sun. (Day 7) I was at 166.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> There are 3 Phases I do in One Week. <BR> Phase 1 is 2 days of - Unwinding Stress and Calming the Adrenals. <BR> Phase 2 is 2 days of - Unlocking Stored Fat and Building Muscle. <BR> Phase 3 is 3 days of - Unleashing the Bur... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:24:56 EST 2013~Blog~14 ~ I’m So Excited I can hardly contain myself!!! My monthly goal started out to be lose 5lbs a month. I lost 7 lbs. in 28 days. <BR> And a goal to Read The Fast Metabolism Diet book “ by Haylie Pomroy. I read it! <BR> <BR> July 1st I started on my 1st 28 day Fast Metabolism Diet, (I think of it as My Fast Metabolism Life Style now). <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was give up my 2 cups of coffee in the morning. It was not as hard as I thought it would be and now I don’t even miss it. <BR> <BR> I don’t think I have ever eaten so much foo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:09:33 EST 2013 Summer 5% Challenge Starting July 27th, I'm participating in 2013 summer 5% challenge, to lose 5% of my body weight. <BR> <BR> The first assignment prior to the challenge is to answer these questions: <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> YES! <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> Walking & ST <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods? <BR> Yes - The Fast Metabolism Diet <BR> <BR> Do you kn... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:49:54 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 13 June Results & July Goals My Goals for June 2013 were: <BR> <BR> Lose 5 lbs, SW was 173.0 lbs, GW 168.0 lbs. CW 175.2 lbs. = 2.2 lbs Gain in June. I started looking for a way to speed up my metabolism and found a way on June 21, 2013. <BR> <BR> I said in June that I will NOT stay on Low Carbs forever and I’m NOT. <BR> <BR> <BR> **** July 1st I start The FAST Metabolism Diet to repair my metabolism!!! <BR> <BR> My Goal for July is to lose 5 lbs AND to read The FAST Metabolism Diet Book and learn how and what to e... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:06:41 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 12 May Results & June Goals My Goals for May 2013 were: <BR> <BR> Calorie goal was to eat Low Carbs and Above 1200 calories each day. <BR> *** 13 days in May I ate Low Carbs Under 50 carbs and 14 days I ate Above 1200 calories. <BR> <BR> Goal for Callanetics and ST was to workout 3 days a week. <BR> ***I did 9 days in May. <BR> <BR> Goal for Cardio was at least 30 minutes a day of Walking, Gardening or Farm Work. <BR> ***I did 15 days in May. <BR> <BR> ***or 1,866 minutes in May of all exercise!!!! <BR> <BR> Goal ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:49:42 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 11 My Goals for April 2013 WERE: <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> Calorie goal was to eat above 1200 calories each day in Apr. ~ I did that 15 days all the rest were BELOW 1200 calories. <BR> Goal for Callanetics and ST was to workout 3 days a week from Apr. 8th. (10 days) ~ I only missed 1 day. <BR> Goal for Cardio is at least 30 minutes a day of Walking, Gardening or Farm Work. ~ I missed a few days, not sure how many! <BR> My goal in April was to lose 5 lbs. ~ My SW was 181.0 GW 176.0 CW 179.4 so ... Wed, 1 May 2013 08:34:37 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 10 Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> I have been helping our daughter this week get ready to move. Repairing things and packing. Today we start the moving. At home I have been repainting my guest bath room. So, I skipped going to the Gym on Mon. but I made it on Wed. Going there has really helped me stay on track with Callanetics and I love that. <BR> <BR> I tried out the Elliptical Machine for the first time Wed. and I loved that too. I could only do 10 minutes but, my heart rate was up to 155 and it was ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:17:23 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 9 I made it to the Gym this morning and now I think I will paint some more. Having a great day! <BR> I tried the Elliptical Machine for the 1st time today, so much better than a Treadmill. <BR> <BR> Met my goals today! <BR> Cardio each day <em>248</em> <BR> Gym Wed. <em>248</em> <BR> 1 gal. of water a day <em>248</em> <BR> High calorie & Low carb day with my Calorie & Carb Cycling <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow more of the same except ST! Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:39:44 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 8 Lats Sunday went well, my Green Breakfast Smoothie stuck with me and all Ihad time for was snacks of almonds, dried aprcots and water, while working on my daughters house. By the time we got home I was so tired (from 12 PM to 9 PM) all I wanted was to drink another Smoothie, shower and go to bed. <BR> <BR> Mon and Today, I have been prepping and painting the guest bath at home. Lots of walking and up and down on the ladder and doing some farm work. I'm counting this as Cardio. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:46:52 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~7 I have been inspired by Renne` my SP friend to eat RAW today! <BR> <BR> I made a Green Smoothie for Breakfast: <BR> 1 cup Spinach <BR> 1 small Apple, pealed <BR> 1/2 Avocado <BR> 1 cup of Dole Frozen Fruit Mix <BR> 1 Tbs Flaxseed <BR> 1 scoop of Whey Protein <BR> 3 cups Water <BR> ================ <BR> Calories 501, Carbs 61, Fat 22, Protein 32 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will be away from home today working on my daughters house again so, ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:05:26 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 6 While trying to stay with my Calorie Cycling and within my Medium calorie range today, I made an egg omelet with egg whites and lots of veggies including half an avocado and 1 cup of cantaloupe for my brunch this morning. Knowing I may not be able to have lunch cause my DH and I were going to be working all day on our daughter’s house. We worked from noon until 9 PM . I sure was glad we had such a big brunch. Our daughter cooked us dinner around 7 PM and she made grilled chicken and baked oni... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:36:46 EST Apr. I started ST at Ladies Fitness Center Only and doing Calorie Cycling! Jan. this year I weighed 180.0 and I’m still bouncing around that so, I decided to join a Ladies Fitness Center on 4/8 and do Calorie Cycling last Thursday 4/11 and I have been working on my plan ever since and here it is! <BR> <BR> Based off my heavy and light exercise days. <BR> <BR> My Calorie Cycling Days: <BR> <BR> Day 1 Mon. Cardio & Gym day - high calories ~ 1601 Calories <BR> <BR> Day 2 Tue. Cardio - low calories ~ 901 Calories <BR> <BR> Day 3 Wed. Cardio & Gym day - mediu... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:51:57 EST Exercising My Way.... Well I guess I don't know myself as well as I thought. I can't seem to stick with any exercise on a consistent basis. I know I should but, I don't do it. Even with all my planning so I have decided to just stay busy at the things I want and like even love doing, like working outside in my garden or working with the horses or building and restoring things. I'll just see how that goes, instead, of taking yet another Spark Break and gaining more weight. I have to keep telling myself: IF YOU ARE ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:22:14 EST Note: Things I need to Remember! <BR> These Are Some Things I Have Found and What I Want To <BR> KEEP IN MIND: <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>- <BR> *High in protein, at least 20g protein in a 300 cal serving <BR> *Low in fat, no more than 5g fat in a 300cal serving <BR> *High in fiber, at least 7g fiber in a 300 cal serving <BR> *No simple carbohydrates <BR> *Minimal processing <BR> <BR> If you don’t consume enough protein and enough calories, your body will cannibalize your muscles – a good safe limit... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:13:06 EST What am I doing to encourage myself and keep on track? My encouragement is the change in my routine of getting to exercise earlier in the day. <BR> <BR> Keeping on track should be easy everyday, because I refuse to leave the bathroom in my robe. Besides that, my exercise close are as comfortable as my robe. <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:01:25 EST 5% Challenge Week 2 : New Habit I want to develop! 1. New Habit - The new habit I want to develop is: Stop getting on my computer the first thing in the morning so I can get my exercises done earlier in the day so my body can burn calories all day. <BR> <BR> Since I missed yesterday due to NO internet service (that problem should be fixed on Mon. ¾), I’m posting it today and the number 2. <BR> <BR> 2. How will I do that? - I will get dressed in my exercise cloths when I first get out of bed and not turn on my computer until I have done one... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:37:20 EST Fruit infused water! This may help get down those 8 glasses of water each day!!! Fruit infused water <BR> Submitted by: CARABY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> I picked up this little trick at an upscale hotel I stayed at last year. It's delicious and helps make the transition from sweetened drinks to water so much easier. It tastes just like plain water until the fruity aftertaste hits you! Use any fruit that you want. I like strawberries. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 2 <BR> Number of Servings: ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:26:23 EST Spring has Sprung!!! I can tell cause my allergy's hit me last Thursday the 12th and they're still with me. Also, we had our first heifer calf on that day that we're naming Doni (after a good friend who past away). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I walked for a mile for my warm-up to do my HIIT on my Stationary Bike for 12 minutes. After that I got Spring fever. My Hollyhocks are blooming and the grass needs to be mowed again for the 4th time this yea... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:16:26 EST I Have Questions and Need Answers? Let’s talk about the real things we should be talking about. Not just talking to be talking. Don’t get me wrong I love the support everyone shows on SP but we all need answers. I have been on SP for over 4 years trying to find the answers and I have learned a lot but, I‘m still looking for more. <BR> <BR> These are a couple of things I have noticed that happens to me: <BR> 1) If I drink decaf or regular coffee in the evening I lose a lot of water weight within a couple of hours after drinki... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:52:14 EST A perfect day... Bloging is not easy for me, it seems I can't think of any thing to say on a weekly blog. <BR> I try to write things that inspire me and you. We all need support and inspiration. <BR> <BR> I'm going to shoot for 1 perfect day at a time, then 1 perfect week and son. <BR> <BR> But what a perfect day is for me may or may not be for you. So here's my list you write yours and lets see if we can do this. <BR> <BR> First my purpose for doing this is, <BR> 1) not just to lose weight but to regain... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:40:31 EST The Reasons I Want to Lose Weight! Countdown to the Challenge - Assignment #3 <BR> <BR> 1) What do I want to change? How I Look & Feel!!! <BR> <BR> 2) How do I want to look? Younger!!! <BR> ***Glowing Smooth Healthy Skin, you know wrinkle FREE <BR> <BR> 3) How do I want to feel? Younger!!! <BR> ***Like Running, Jumping, LAUGHING just LOVING LIFE!!! <BR> <BR> 4) What things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? Any "Darn" thing I FEEL Like!!! <BR> <BR> 5) OTHER things that I want to chang... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:32:04 EST Things I have noticed lately... The one thing I have noticed lately is that now that I’m in the 160 pound range, I really see and feel the change in my body when I bounce from 159 to 162 or 164. It is amazing to me that I never notice that when I was stalled and bouncing around in the 170’s for about 2 years. <BR> <BR> Another thing that is changing is, I have days when I wake up that I actually have glimpses of being excited about getting to exercise. Fleeting as they are. I can’t wait until that happens every morning, l... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:35:05 EST What my body Needs, NOT WHAT I WANT…. Where do I start? What I want to say is that, I’m not as stressed or I guess the word is fixated on losing weight like I was. <BR> <BR> I have decided that my body is on it’s own time schedule. I KNOW I WILL LOSE WEIGHT, but only when my body is ready to let it go. So, I’m taking the pressure off of myself. <BR> <BR> I will just continue to exercise and eat healthy. I will listen to my body. If I’m hungry I will eat slowly and small amounts of good healthy organic food, drink water when I... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:34:41 EST Healthy Habit #2 In the sprit of “My Goals for 2012 ~ Resolutions I just break”, 1) LEARNING more about eating raw organic and drinking Green Smoothies 2) also why it is harder for older women to lose weight vs younger women. My next healthy habit is to do more research on the world wide web about these two subjects. We’re never to old to LEARN! <BR> <BR> Healthy Habit #1... is to blog at least once a week. <BR> Healthy Habit #2... is to do more research on the world wide web. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:26:01 EST HealthyHabit #1 Part of the Winter5% challenge I'm doing is Living the Good Life Challenges. This week, the challenge is to blog each day and share a healthy habit I'd like to develop and incorporate into my life. <BR> <BR> The 1st one for me is to blog more often. All though I have bloged more this month than I ever have, I feel it is helping and there for the: <BR> <BR> HealthyHabit #1.. is to blog at least once a week. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:31:57 EST I have come a long way baby! I was on low carb for about 14 years and now I’m finally making the switch to Vegan. <BR> <BR> I have tried before to no avail in 2010. In Sept. of 2011 I stopped doing Atkins and went to low fat to see if I could break the stall I had been in for almost 2 years. I did lose from 177.8 pounds to 164.6 but I have not been able to get past that. I just refuse to go another year or so in the 160’s. <BR> <BR> I thought I had to stick with low carbs because of my blood sugar. I thought it was t... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:50:33 EST Our Time From the day we are born we are dieing. Each day we live we are one day closer. This morning I woke up thinking about a dear sweet friend who we are going to lose to cancer. Don’t get me wrong now, I’m not giving up for her and she is not either. She, Barbara has a wonderful fighting spirit for someone who has been told that she has stage four lung and brain cancer. She doesn’t know about it being in her bones too. <BR> <BR> Barbara is coming home today from the hospital. She lives just ac... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:34:44 EST Results for, Do You Think It Is Possible? (a couple of you ask) THE RESULTS: <BR> <BR> I STILL BELIEVE this is Possible <BR> <BR> I didn’t make it to my goal of 160.0 lbs. “What a shock!!!” My weight stayed the same 164.6 this Sunday morning. My measurements are 2 inches smaller. Which in my book is just as important. <BR> <BR> I did increase my stamina and endurance. So I can now do 120 minutes of walking, aerobics or strength training every other day (not everyday). So, I don’t think I’m ready for any marathons. <BR> <BR> I still believe this is... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:49:12 EST My Goals for 2012 ~ Resolutions I just break 1) Stay Healthy by doing the next 7 goals. <BR> <BR> 2) Learn more about eating Raw Organic and Green Smoothies. <BR> <BR> 3) Also, I want Learn WHY it is harder for older women to lose weight vs younger women. <BR> <BR> 4) Lose just 5 pounds a month! <BR> <BR> 5) Walk 3 to 5 miles 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> 6) Do Callanetics 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> 7) Do 7 to 10 minutes of Facial Exercises a day. <BR> <BR> 8) Measure every Sunday. <BR> <BR> 9) Log my water, food and exercise everyday.... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 06:07:55 EST Do You Think It Is Possible? My goal is to lose 5 pounds each month until I reach my goal of 125 pounds. I think this is a very reachable goal. If all goes well I should be at my goal by my birthday in September 2012. The only problem is that I only have 6 days to reach my goal for the 1st of January and that goal is 160 pounds and I’m at 164.6. <BR> <BR> I’m still going to do my best to stay on track for Jan. 1st. Do you think I can lose almost 5 pounds in 6 days? <BR> <BR> ~~*~~`~~*~~`~~*~~`~~*~~` My Plan Is `~~*~~... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:23:09 EST In My Minds Eye <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun., Dec. 11, 2011, I weighed 166.2 Lbs. <BR> I started getting ready for a trip to my brothers for our Chinese Christmas this weekend. While going through my closet and trying on cloths I found that most of them were to big on me and that felt so good. But the next size down was still tight in the waist. (I’m an apple shape). So, I started picking out cloths to get rid of and got my out fits ready for the tri... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:31:21 EST Winter 2011 5% Challenge, Assignments #1-9 No. 1. <BR> Goal is to have my exercising done by 10 AM. Everyday. <BR> Plan For: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun. to <BR> (1) Walk 3 miles w/DVD by Leslie S. 45 min. a day x 5 (days) = 225 min. <BR> (calories burned each day for walk is 257 x 5 = 1,285 CB in one week) <BR> (2) & Ride Stationary Bike 15 min. a day x 5 (days) = 75 min. <BR> (calories burned each day for ride is 137 x 5 = 685 CB in one week) <BR> <BR> Then on Tue. & Thur. do: <BR> (3) Callanetics 60 min. a day x 2 (days) = 1... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 11:39:44 EST Trying Again Today is Wed. Dec. 29, 2010, soon to be a new year. I stopped exercising (doing Callantics) in Oct. and I have gained 5lbs and 6.¼ inches. I had lost 27.4lbs in 25 weeks (from Feb. to Aug.) and a total of 34.0 inches over all in 34 weeks (from Feb. to Oct.). My weight loss stalled the first week of Aug. but I kelp losing inches from doing Callantics. <BR> <BR> I have not stopped eating a very low carb diet because I have to keep my blood sugar down in the low 100’s (or below) so I don’t hav... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:01:16 EST Converting from Atkins to The Gabriel Method & The Mediterranean Way <img src=""> <BR> Jon Gabriel ~ Lost over 200 lbs Without Dieting using the Gabriel Method <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean Way. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Well, I’ve been here on SP sense Jan. 4, 2008. I weighed 198.7 then. <BR> <BR> I had weighed 190 lbs and gotten down to 140 lbs (lo... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:17:23 EST My CCL for Losing or Maintaining My Weight! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have finally figured out what works for My Body. That is to say it may or may not work for anyone else. It has taken me months of posting my insidious records of my weight, measurements, calories, fats, proteins, carbs/net carbs, & exercise or non exercise. But, I now know at what level all of that has to be for me to get into ketosis to lose weight or maintain weight. <BR> <BR> For me to lose weight my net car... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:14:55 EST Here I am AGAIN <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <img src="">~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> I don’t know why I keep having these overwhelming desires to try to look and feel as good as I did when I was in my youth, but I do from time to time and I actually believe that I can. So I start to work on it and I even make progress until something happens that knocks me on my ass. <BR> The last time it was last June 26, 2009 when we (my Dubby and I) found my beautiful Arabian horse Boo, struggl... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:24:49 EST I Actually Rode Boo!!! <img src="">Well I finally got up the courage today to get in the saddle for the first time in years. This has been my goal for over a year and I finally did it. I actually rode Boo!!! <BR> <BR> If you read my blog about How Horses Helped To Save My Dubby then you would remember that I wanted to buy a horse so he would have something to look forward to, something to get him out of bed again. <BR> <BR> I was never scared of ridding horses... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:58:25 EST If you're "doing everything right," and nothing's happening, A flaw or weakness is only that because we constantly tell ourselves that, and because we don't strive to change it. <BR> Set the goal, Envision yourself achieving it, put new protocols into practice, and Work Toward THE Goal Mentally and Physically. <BR> If you're "doing everything right," and nothing's happening, then check your mind. You're very likely unknowingly sabotaging yourself with negative thinking. <BR> <BR> Questioning the protocols too much, even under the guise of "seeking ... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:28:59 EST Boy, if we could figure out what makes us lose focus I guess we would be rich. Boy, if we could figure out what makes us lose focus I guess we would be rich. <BR> <BR> What with all the diet pills, diet programs, exercise clubs, DVD’s, TV shows, and the list goes on forever. <BR> <BR> I have a thought. Maybe, just maybe if we each think about what we are thinking when we lose focus and that makes us go back to our old eating habits and if we write it down maybe we won’t lose our focus on getting healthy and losing weight again and again. <BR> <BR> If you think thi... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 21:05:21 EST My Adventure with Atkins My Adventure with Atkins <BR> <BR> I had been thin all my life. So at 17 I didn’t need to lose weight. But, some of the women in my life did and I remember them having heated discussions about this new diet and a man by the name of Dr. Atkins. I remember one lady saying who ever herd of losing weight eating all you want of eggs, cheese, bacon, stake, etc. Well some how all that stuck with me and this was way back in 1963. <BR> <BR> At age 28 I had a complete hysterectomy, due to an imbedde... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:53:29 EST September September is my birthday month and my favorite month of the year, because in Texas it starts cooling off a little and every year I am more ready for cooler weather than the year before. <BR> <BR> September also seems to be the month that I always take stock of myself and make goals for my health and weight. But, I did that in July this year. However, I find that I have been spending to much time here on the computer learning about SP and trying to post on to many teams and that it has hurt m... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 13:54:48 EST My Love of Texas My Love of Texas <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not the only person in the United States that ever felt strongly about where they were born and so, this is for everyone. People are just naturally drawn to where they were born and grew up. Some people leave their home town for one reason or another and in a lot of cases at some point in their life do their best to move back HOME and some actually do succeed. Even if it takes them a life time. The kicker is that, you can't go back! It's never the s... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 11:02:43 EST This is just for the Fun of it! This is for all the fun I haven't had because I was with drawing from life and being with people weather it was family or friends. That is what getting older and weighing more than I see myself in my minds eye has done to me. <BR> <BR> So I'm putting myself out here for the world to see and I am going to be the best I can be until I die. I am going to live like there is no tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> I probably won't sky dive or clime mountains again but I will get back in the saddle and ride ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:30:45 EST In everyone's life, at some time, our inner Photo: Morjorie Newin age 78 <BR> <BR> fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. (For me that was SOAPFAN and Morjorie Newin) We should all be thankful for those people who kindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <BR> It is very important for us all to remember to give thanks to the people who help us remember what living is all about. Who has helped you rekindle your inner spirit or remember why you are here? Call them or w... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:08:49 EST There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between. Pat Riley <BR> <BR> Your life deserves better than a half-hearted effort. Meet your goals with a weak handshake and they’ll soon be waving you goodbye. Since you probably don’t want to look back on a life full of “almost made it” memories, it’s time for total commitment. Leave it all on the field, don’t hold anything back. Is there anything more satisfying than pouring out your entire being, straddling the cliff... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:10:23 EST Horses helped to save my husband About two years ago I almost lost my husband to blood clots in his lungs. I don't know the medical term but anyway he made it through a real bad time and I was looking for something to bring his sprits up. We have a few beef cattle ( Belted Galloways ) and we just love them. But they weren't enough to keep Dubby's ( my husband ) mind busy. So, I told him I wanted a horse. That did it, he perked up and I realized I couldn't back down then. So we started talking about horses and looking for a b... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 07:09:03 EST Boy, is my old BowFlex going to get a workout Now! <link><BR>p?id=45 </link> <BR> <BR> I am so inspired by SOAPFAN and her inspiration (mine too now) Morjorie Newin an 86 year old bodybuilding lady who looks like she could be in her 40's. <BR> <BR> Smiles, <BR> Charlie <BR> <em>216</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2008 10:36:11 EST