COOLMAMA11's SparkPeople Blog COOLMAMA11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Road to My Journey is Getting a Little Easier Each Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been with Spark for a number of years now, I have lost and gained over the years. Sometimes I get so discouraged, but a couple of weeks ago, I decided to start thinking about 3 positives I have achieved every day, and I suddenly realized, I was developing some great habits, I never liked to exercise, now I do at least 30+ a day ( I have several health issues that slows me down, but h... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:09:08 EST Spring Cleaning at it`s Best <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well,well, well I woke up this morning to sunny skies, and got a big urge to start some Spring Cleaning, I asked DH if he was up to moving some furniture and getting a new look in our bedroom...I get tired of looking at it the same all the time, have to move things to clean, so might as well just keep going! He was up to it, so away we went! <BR> <BR> Halfway through the room we decided t... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 14:48:16 EST DREAMING THE DREAM! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a dream last night, that I looked into a mirror and there I was slim and trim, a nice tidy little figure, was this dream an omen or just wishful thinking? I like to think it is an omen, because I am working hard at trying my very best to become healthier., and to shed this unhealthy fat! <BR> <BR> I am working at getting to Onederland,I have been working on this for awhile, but it is ... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:48:24 EST Thoughts of a Simpler Time! ( It's not just Gifts, Glitter and Goodies) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know getting ready for the holidays is very hectic, as I am aging it seems to be getting more difficult, sometimes over-whelming, buy gifts, struggle through the crowds, what will everyone like, getting them wrapped, cleaning, laundry, decorating, cooking, and on and on it goes. <BR> <BR> I remember Christmases from years ago, a much slower pace for sure, it was all about family and frien... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:11:01 EST This is not the End! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time for another blog and update, here we are almost to the end of another round of BLC, even though I had many obstacles in my way, I continued to move forward, slowly, but with determination! Oh! how many times did I feel like giving up, but knowing my Spark friends were backing me all the way, I just kept going. Well I am happy to say I lost 14 lbs this round!! <BR> So perservation does ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:06:09 EST The power of a smile! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My day started out like any other, wake up, do some stretches, tidy the house and on it goes. <BR> Today I had an appointment with my family Dr, my Xrays were back for my foot, this very foot that is causing me so much pain, it is swollen twice it's size. Well the results are in and it turns out it is not the gout, it is not diabetic related, it is the joint in my big toe, it has ~severe~ o... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:42:11 EST Enjoying the little Things in Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I sat on my deck today and did my quiet time in the sun, I looked around at all the beauty surrounding me, the gorgeous trees adorned in red and yellow leaves, my neighbors garden still trying to grow, and produce more beautiful flowers. It's only this year that I have been taking the time to relax and just take in all the beauty I have been taking for granted everyday! For some reason I ... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 20:40:43 EST Assignment : 10 reasons to lose weight Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> 10 reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> 1: To become healthier <BR> 2: To remain independent <BR> 3: To be ... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:35:26 EST Life Continues to Bring Many Surprises Well two weeks ago my whole world was turned up-side down. My husband went in for an MRI on his spine, and they discovered a 9 cm aneurysm on his Aorta, needless to say he was admitted to the hospital right away for emergency surgery. If that thing had burst it would have taken his life. I think my husband went into shock, here is a 76 year old man, that has never been in hospital, and his health is good for a man his age. he ended up with 64 staples, and really mean looking bruising. <BR> <... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:40:40 EST Spark has given me a "Spark" for life As I was working around the apartment the other day, my mind was flitting here and there, and one of the things I started thinking about was all my time spent on Spark, do I really need to be "chatting for an hour everyday on my teams? Or should I put that hour to good use by doing exercises, or planning my food? I tried it for a couple of days and I really missed the comradeship of my team mates, listening to their success and telling about mine, my team mates have become an important part o... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:49:53 EST In Memory of my Mom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a sad day for me, it is one year ago that Mom passed, so in her memory I would like to share one of the poems she wrote, she loved to compose poetry, paint, and also loved doing many forms of crafts. We compiled a book of Mom's poems for each one of her children.Here is one of the poems she really liked. <BR> <BR> The Splendor of it All <BR> <BR> Silvery birches, reflected in the ... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:40:51 EST It's not all About the Scale! <img src=""> "When you are consistent in your healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving." <BR> <BR> Well another round on Azure is over, and I am happy to say I've lost a total of 8.6 lbs this round, this was not an easy loss, it takes me forever to lose a lb, but with consistency and perseverance I did it! We are now having a break for the summer, but that is n... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 10:07:27 EST In Sickness And In Health! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A re-cap of my week:I just hit a nice rhythm with my newly ramped-up training routine. And now…I'm sick. <BR> We’ve all been there. <BR> <BR> I spent all last week sick with chronic bronchitis and sinus infection, I went to the clinic and came home with antibiotics, a puffer, Nasal spray, cough drops..I was coughing incessantly and could hardly breathe....what a week! I had just posted a b... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:38:23 EST All With Just a Glimpse Have you ever been out shopping and you get a quick glimpse of yourself, and it shakes you to the toes, it is not flattering, shows all the neglect you have been giving your body? Well it happened to me, I was coming out of the grocery store after shopping and they had one of those screens in the doorway, showing people coming out of the store. I could see at a glance I did not like what I saw. <BR> <BR> My husband and I walking along, now picture this my DH is 6'2" and I am 5'1". That alone... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:21:39 EST IT STARTED WITH A SEED! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My journey with Spark started as a seed, an idea that I would join and lose a lot of weight. I had it all planned out, this was going to be a snap, well guess again. I did lose 30 lbs the first year, then I started to "slack" off, wasn't giving that seed what it needed, determination, focus, perseverance, and the most important, hard work. I just didn't BELIEVE in myself enough! The weight ... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:07:04 EST Are You Up To The Challenge? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine here on Spark, has worked hard and lost all their weight in one year ( over a 100 lbs) I have been with Spark since 2008, and have lost and gained the same lbs over and over, so I asked myself this question, " Am I doing all I can to become healthier and lose weight, or am I just giving it a half-hearted attempt at being in the game?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Wed, 17 May 2017 07:31:13 EST Dealing with the Loss of Loved ones! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided I would do a blog and try to explain all the mood swings and anger I have been feeling of late. First of all I am 72 with many health issues I deal with on a daily basis. I had to have major back surgery last September, and just before the surgery my Mom passed away with cancer, My Mom and I were like two peas in a pod, we were so much alike, and got on so well, we could tell each ... Sat, 6 May 2017 10:42:05 EST Working at Regaining my Momentum Back! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well here I am, most of you know that I had lost my Mom on August 21st, had a major back surgery on September 7th, and lost my youngest son on September 10th, it was like my world came crashing down around me. I cannot in any way explain the anguish I was feeling, too much to deal with all at once. I was too sick to eat, and I lost a little over 11 lbs in the first few weeks, BUT as I was fe... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:42:31 EST Victories & Goals, My Struggles With The BLC 32 So Far <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We did an exercise for the WEC ( Week End Challenge) so thought I would share my thoughts, it's been awhile since I've done a blog. <BR> <BR> Victories and goals, my struggles with the BLC32 so far <BR> <BR> When I first started Spark, my first aim was to become thinner, like many others the scale became my focal point. I am a person that has a very hard time with weight loss, thyroid co... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:27:23 EST Never Quit Pledge I copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:37:57 EST BLC SUMMER CAMP INVITATION <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 15 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. During the busy summer months, ... Wed, 11 May 2016 07:55:32 EST POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE? WHAT ENERGY ARE YOU LIVING IN? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I've taken the time to sit down and do a blog, I have been going through some bumps in this road of life, I find when the going gets too tough, we just seem to give up on ourselves, everything else comes first, and we take a back burner. I have been dragging my heels of late, feeling sorry for myself, getting very tired of waiting for surgeries for a Back fusion... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:37:47 EST Holiday Wishes for Friends on Spark! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Christmas Wish For You <BR> <BR> by Ruth Kephart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Christmas wish for you, my friends <BR> Is not a simple one <BR> For I wish you hope and joy and peace <BR> Days filled with warmth and sun <BR> <BR> I wish you love and friendship too <BR> Throughout the coming year <BR> Lots of laughter and happiness <BR> To fill your world with cheer <BR> <BR> May y... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:24:08 EST THE TRAIN OF LIFE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> THE TRAIN OF LIFE <BR> <BR> At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant, i.e. our siblings, relatives, friends, children, and... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:19:50 EST Blog for the Spa! Mindful Eating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were asked to add another routine to our already existing ones, so I chose mindful eating, I noticed I got into the habit of doing crossword puzzles while I ate breakfast and lunch, or watching something on TV, or talking on the phone, my food would be gone before I even realized it, and I didn't enjoy any of it, so here I am starting Mindful Eating. <BR> <BR> EATING WITH MINDFULNESS, PR... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 18:59:40 EST The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel’ be blessed!” I read this today and it really hit home, written by a 92 yr old lady Wanda B. Goines <BR> <BR> The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel’ be blessed!” <BR> <BR> I looked in the mirror and what did I see? <BR> But a little old lady peering back at me <BR> With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair <BR> And I asked my reflection, how did you get there? <BR> <BR> You once were straight and vigorous <BR> And now you’re stooped and weak <BR> When I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:07:47 EST Keeping on the positive side <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now there is a true statement if there ever was one! We cannot carry all kinds of negativity in us and expect to function and do positive things for our bodies. Now, those that know me, know I have many health issues that hold me back, and they are mounting, I kept a stiff upper lip for several round... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:03:42 EST A Little Bit About Me / You Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. (I see these popping up all over, starting with my SP friend JJMPLSMN and now several other SP friends.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? On the desk, next to me. <BR> <BR> Spouse? Harry, for over 28 years. Such a great guy! <BR> <BR> Your hair? White, short and sassy <BR> <BR> Your mother? Living at 96, doing so so! <BR> <BR> Your father? Passed away from Cancer at the age of 57. <BR> <BR> Your favorite thin... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:31:36 EST How I feel about Azure Destinations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First of all I do have a dream, I have been working on it for some time now ,and that is losing 50 + lbs, and becoming a healthier me, the road is a slow and hazardous one, many obstacles in my way, number one my body, so full of arthritis ,so many health issues, it is hard to keep it moving for the required amount of exercise I need to lose those stubborn pounds. My diet, although fairly h... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:44:42 EST BLC SPA: OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were asked to do something out of our comfort Zone and work on it, well mine is flexibility, I noticed as I am aging I am losing the ability to move this body like I used to, so I am doing flexibility exercises every day trying to regain some agility back to this body, it will take some time, but I am assured with some work I will regain a lot of it back! <BR> <BR> We need to find someon... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:12:37 EST BLC SPA: I Love Myself Because: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love yourself is a spa activity we are doing for the BLC on Azure Destinations. <BR> <BR> Most of us understand what it means to love another person. The feelings of intense desire, admiration and emotional investment in another person are likely familiar. We go through great lengths to nurture our love towards others. But loving yourself? That can feel like a foreign concept to many of us.... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:47:00 EST Thinking Twice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a lot about giving up on Sparks and losing weight, but something keeps pulling me back in, and that is the Amazing team Azure Destinations, the team is full of fun members only too happy to give information, support and tons of encouragement, everyone reaches out to someone having troubles, or needing some answers. <BR> <BR> I always feel I'm behind the eight ball bein... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:34:04 EST Analyzing BLC 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just sitting here recapping how I did for the BLC 27, and what I need to be working on for the next round. <BR> I loved the challenges this round, they focused on more than just exercise and food, we were digging a little deeper into ourselves, was a great exercise for sure, most of the time we are just satisfied with ourselves, but we need to delve into the reasons why we get into "Emotional Eating", why we let st... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:30:59 EST Goals for BLC Break I have a lot on my plate on this break which involves a lot of physical energy, so I will be moving everyday, but I won't have the time to post as much as I do now! It is going to be hard to stick to these goals as I will be on the move a lot, but with planning ahead it is all doable! <BR> <BR> 1: I will try to get at least 30 min of intentional exercise in each day <BR> 2: I will plan healthy meals to eat <BR> 3: I will drink 8 glasses or more water a day <BR> 4: Eat fruit and vegetables ev... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:24:47 EST Best Form of Cardio for me <img src=""> We were asked to do a blog for the BLC stating which Cardio we most enjoy, and what works for us. <BR> <BR> As you all know I am behind the eight ball before I start, I have so many health issues that slow me down, I really have to be careful about what I'm doing to try and stay fit, if I don't I find myself in severe pain! <BR> <BR> I have to break my exercise up through out the day...10 to 15 min at a time! <BR> The ex... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:05:15 EST Comfort Zone Challenge For the challenge of doing something out of our comfort zone, I picked getting back at heavy housework, I have been loafing around all winter, with colds, flues, sinuses, you name it, I picked it up, so needless to say I got way behind on extra cleaning. I have also been awaiting a shoulder replacement, so kept putting things off, so as of yesterday I decided it was time for Spring Cleaning, it will be out of my comfort Zone right now, but I will take on one job a day, until it's done, no mor... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:48:34 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish all my Spark friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! <BR> You have given me the biggest gift of all, you have given me your love, your support, and your encouragement, looking forward to another wonderful ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:21:01 EST BLC 26 Experience with BLC <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My journey with Spark has been a very positive one, I started out by losing 30 lbs, got too sure of myself, and decided to strike out on my own, well I didn't fare well, I gained all the weight back. <BR> I learned through that experience that I need the support and encouragement of my Spark friends. I'm back and have lost 17 of the 30, I have much more to go, my goal is 150, so 66 more lbs to shed. <BR> I have l... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:07:36 EST BLC 26 My Journey: Right & Wrong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Learn from yesterday... live for today... hope for tomorrow... The important thing is not to stop Learning... and to not give up... Keep Going... Go... Go <BR> <BR> This is a blog about what is right and wrong about my journey for BLC 26. I am actually struggling right now, filled with the sense that the journey has taken over my entire life, I live , think and breathe, food and exercise and Spark, I wish I coul... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:54:01 EST BLC26 Leaving my comfort Zone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were asked to post a blog about being out of our comfort Zone, well this is a welcome challenge to me, I found I was getting bored with the same ole thing everyday! I have come up with 2 ideas to get things going in the right direction again! <BR> I am trying the South Beach diet, with some of my teamies, this is a big departure from what I have been doing, I was eating everything in moderation, and that didn't ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:26:44 EST HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS BLC 26 Here is a picture of a friendly way to decorate the outside of your home! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now a little spookier version for inside <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some party foods: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! MY COSTUME <BR> <img src=" Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:30:41 EST BLC 26 Review Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLC26: Review Plan and Tweak it! <BR> <BR> My exercise varies depending on how my body is feeling, but on a whole I try to get at least 50 min a day in for exercise <BR> 1: Morning Exercise, stretching , leg lifts, crunches,calf stretches ( about 15 min) <BR> 2: I go for a walk or the treadmill for at least 20 min a day <BR> 3: I do some strength and chair exercises <BR> 4: I love to dance so boogy around to music... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:17:42 EST BLC 26 Meal Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> Breakfast: Life cereal, 1/2 banana, 1% milk, tea <BR> Lunch: Homemade Turkey soup, 4 crackers, sugar free pudding, tea <BR> Dinner: Pan seared scallops, asparagus, yellow beans, beets, tea <BR> <BR> Saturday! <BR> Breakfast: Poached egg on Weight watchers bread, sm orange, tea <BR> Lunch: Salad, poppy seed dressing, Tuna, apple, tea <BR> Supper: Oven baked chicken 1/2 breast, sm potato, 1 cup m... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:28:19 EST WEC Vision Board BLC 26 Vision Board: We were asked to do a vision board for the WEC <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:41:09 EST Things I love about Myself..BLC26 Spa Blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were asked to do a blog about several things that we love about ourselves! <BR> <BR> 1: I love that I'm committed to my family and friends <BR> 2: that I have a compassionate heart <BR> 3: That I have time to listen to people who need someone <BR> 4: that I keep a clean home <BR> 5: that I cook healthy meals and exercise to the best of my abilities <BR> 6: that I can laugh, and see the humor in most situatio... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:56:14 EST WEC: Chest 3 Food & Clothing And Chest 5 Tools & Weapons <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am trying to grow my hair right now to eventually have this style, I like that it is feminine, short, and easy to care for. Of course my color will be white lol! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a little camo number I could wear when I'm down to goal weight! <BR> <BR> I like this casual beach cover to go for nice walks on the beach, and later a ni... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:10:40 EST WEC: Chest#1 Food & Water <img src=""> <BR> <BR> CHEESY QUINOA AND BROCCOLI PATTIES <BR> *Makes 6* <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU WILL NEED: <BR> 1/2 cup quinoa <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 5 large broccoli florets <BR> 1 small onion, diced <BR> 1/4 cup breadcrumbs <BR> 1/4 cup shredded cheese <BR> 1 large egg <BR> Salt and Pepper for seasoning <BR> Olive oil for cooking <BR> <BR> <BR> DIRECTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. First, cook your quinoa according to the directions on... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:54:23 EST BLC WEC Chest #4 and 2 Creature Comforts & Shelter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went swimming today in the pool, I find I can really relax there, I took a noodle and just floated around the pool, I like to get into a day dream state, and all the stress from everyday just eases away! aaaaah so great! <BR> <BR> My workout song this morning was: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My Homemade pampering was my feet, a pedicure, just love them! Here is a link for doi... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:47:10 EST BLC Menu for 4 Days In the BLC, I am visiting the Honey Badgers this week and participating in their weekend challenge. Here is my menu for 4 days <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> Breakfast: Oatmeal, milk 1%, orange, tea <BR> Lunch: Spinach salad, raspberry vinaigrette, 1/2 chicken breast, green tea <BR> Dinner: Haddock fillets, 1/4 cup mashed potato, asparagus, yellow beans, tea <BR> Snack: Apple with 1 tbs peanut butter <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> Breakfast: Life cereal, 1/2 banana, milk 1%, 1 ww bread (toast) 1/2 tsp bu... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:49:22 EST BLC 26 My Expectations for round 26 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My biggest goal this round is to reach Onderland, I am 22 lbs away , so should be able to achieve that goal. I will be participating in all challenges to the best of my ability, barring illness or family crisis! <BR> I need to work on my nutrition, I will be applying Intuitive Eating , exercising everyday, and drinking my water. <BR> <BR> My Expectations are that I will work at this, no excuses, I know my team wi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:21:23 EST