COOLMAMA11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COOLMAMA11 COOLMAMA11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ BLC SPA: OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963067 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d6d18b8-a9ed-4609-921d-b0d04b7b71d2.jpg"> <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: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72516335-bcf7-4be3-a09d-7bf75f7429fe.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943114 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b8048e1-6384-4b62-9f06-a735fc64d783.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906492 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l906497081.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904888 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904876 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928412553.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891825 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830225 <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408931618.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071693827.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740836289.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816309 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l467649486.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807876 Here is a picture of a friendly way to decorate the outside of your home! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225201450.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now a little spookier version for inside <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1293939367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some party foods: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1246399017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! MY COSTUME <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:30:41 EST BLC 26 Review Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804464 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622004807.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804151 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091509250.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799978 Vision Board: We were asked to do a vision board for the WEC <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1870250892.jpg"> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:41:09 EST Things I love about Myself..BLC26 Spa Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799959 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1920210698.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796212 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1060604466.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918581945.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727315138.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796175 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661910213.jpg"> <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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795873 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781376 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568633498.jpg"> <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 Next Round: Just Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435411744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been asking myself that question of late, I do try to do the best I can, but I think I could push a wee bit harder to reach those goals. This blog is about what I will be doing for the next BLC 26. This too may come to a halt because of upcoming shoulder replacement, I've had a bad year with illness, it has slowed me down considerably! So if all goes well here is my plan. <BR> <BR> I am going to start my e... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:25:51 EST BLC Break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740831 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1907648010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Taking a Break <BR> <BR> This is a blog about what I will be doing over the break. Well number 1:I will be coming in to chat to keep accountability going, I tend to go off path when left to my own devices! Those old habits start creeping back in, slow but sure. I hate to have to admit this but it is a fact, I need support and encouragement, I cannot seem to do it alone! <BR> <BR> 2:I need to log food, water and ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:27:57 EST BLC Challenge: Progress Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740816 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927482808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our Task for the challenge is to write a blog about the best thing about my experience this round, or about the progress I made due to participation! <BR> <BR> Well those that know me, know this round was a very difficult one, 2 surgeries back to back, awaiting a shoulder replacement, then a severe flare up with Diverticulitis, also pulled muscles in my abdomen..I swear someone put a curse on me!!!! What more cou... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:55:28 EST Week 12 For Spa Things to be Grateful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757098688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for all the wonderful things god gave me and still to come. Lovely family,friends for my life and all the people that I shared great moments with, and for the amazing strong and independent woman that I am today for that I'm grateful and very blessed:)) <BR> <BR> 1: Family & Friends <BR> 2: Drs to heal me and make me well again <BR> 3: Food & Medicine <BR> 4: Memories <BR> 5: Creativity <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:06:57 EST Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736932 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664486853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was sitting here today upset because I couldn't exercise, I am having some issues of late and Dr told me no exercise other than walking for Spark. I never thought I would see the day that I wanted to exercise, being a former couch potato this took me by surprise.I really missed my morning routine...I didn't realize how much a part of my life it had become. <BR> <BR> I then marveled at far I have actually come w... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:07:10 EST Silver Hair Blog ( unusual exercise taking you out of your comfort Zone) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728170 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837049102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a blog for the Silver Hair- WEC, choose a new exercise, and get someone else to do it too! <BR> <BR> My DH and I belong to the Chief and Po's Mess , and they offer dance lessons one night a week. We were offered free lessons on the line dance segment to try it out! (they teach all the dances) but this one was a freebie, so why not! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11060... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:16:07 EST BLC 25 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852115469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did the test in two parts, I was in hospital for the first one so there is no comparison chart. <BR> Crunches: 21 (1 minute) <BR> Wall-push-ups: 31 ( 1 minute) <BR> 3 minute step-ups pulse: 120 (could hardly breathe!) <BR> Walk 19 min <BR> <BR> Not great, hoping for improvement on the final leg of this challenge! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1771674769.jpg"> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:45:30 EST BLC25 : Motivation for Lifestyle Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l353965907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My motivation for my Lifestyle has been wavering of late, I am dealing with so many health issues, I find it hard to keep the pace, but then I decided, hey you can't do what everyone else is doing, just do what is comfortable for your body, and what you can manage. This isn't a contest about keeping up with team mates, this is a commitment for you, something that needs to be done,for you to get healthy again. <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:19:21 EST My Prom Date BLC25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28403299.jpg">We are hosting the Midnight Mustangs for our Disco prom, what a blast, what a fun team, really enjoying their visit! <BR> <BR> We were asked to pick a prom date, and post a pic of our prom dress..well here we go <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> I asked Gerard Butler as my Prom date, DH is in a golf tournament so he said he wouldn't mind one bit! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:12:46 EST BLC25 Science of Silver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696852 I really didn't want to post these numbers, but upon thinking it out I needed to be real with myself, and stop hiding, and pretending it isn't as bad as it is! Facing the facts can give you that much needed jolt to work harder and get those numbers down! <BR> <BR> Morning heart beat: 62 bpm <BR> Blood pressure: 140/70 <BR> BMI: 40.9 <BR> Hip to Waist ratio: 55% 109, 60% 113, 65%118, 70%123, 75%128,80%132, 85%137 <BR> Measurements: <BR> Waist: 45 inches <BR> Hips: 49.5 <BR> Bust: 44 <BR> R th... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:11:41 EST BLC25 Farmers Market Vegetable Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865983244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> Kosher salt <BR> 2 medium eggplants (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise <BR> 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes <BR> 1 pound mixed summer squash, halved lengthwise <BR> 1 red bell pepper <BR> 8 scallions, trimmed <BR> 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided <BR> Freshly ground black pepper <BR> 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar <BR> 1 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh tarragon <BR> <BR> NUTRITIONAL INFORMAT... Thu, 8 May 2014 05:10:05 EST BLC25 "ME TIME" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689998 After reading some of the blogs I suddenly realized how fortunate I am to have so much "Me Time" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126724190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am dancing with joy, I remember all the things that kept me busy with 4 kids all involved in Sports, Ballet, Majorettes, Church, Sunday School,School Events Etc so my schedule was a busy one at that time of my life.Now that I am aging and have retired I have all the "Me Time" in the world, so I guess the... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:25:33 EST SMART GOALS BLC 25 AZURE DESTINATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1144071470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> SMART GOALS <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 I will start my day with a positive attitude <BR> 2 I will allow 20+ minutes for exercise daily <BR> 3 I will drink 64 oz of water daily <BR> 4 I will try my best to get in 7-8 hours sleep nightly <BR> 5 I will do strength training 3 x a week <BR> 6 I will post to my team everyday <BR> 7 I will track food and exercises <BR> 8 I will weigh ... Sun, 4 May 2014 09:53:58 EST Winding up BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466567199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are the last week of BLC24, I didn't do as well as I wanted, because of several health issues, and needing a shoulder replacement. I lost some weight, did all the challenges to the best of my ability, I had a firm resolve, No excuses, just do what you can. I am proud that I didn't give up, I worked through the pain, and just did what my body would allow at this time. <BR> <BR> The thing is to not give up... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:41:41 EST Challenge BLC24: Things to be Grateful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119121246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I sit sometimes and realize what a lucky person I am to have such a wonderful life, and I am so grateful for all that has been given to me! <BR> <BR> 1. A wonderful family who is there for me, in the bad times as well as the good. <BR> <BR> 2: My Husband, who is the love of my life, and does everything he can to show that love everyday! <BR> <BR> 3: To have a lot of wonderful friends to enjoy, and have fun with.... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:54:38 EST BLC24 Challenge (Love Letter To Myself) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1898842635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a difficult letter to write, I am usually so critical of myself, this is a new twist, and one I think I will enjoy, Positive affirmations instead of negative! <BR> <BR> I like the fact that I'm a strong but also vulnerable person, I can be very stubborn at times, but then easily swayed for a good cause. <BR> I am a woman of my word, like to follow through on promises made. I have a compassionate heart, ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:14:51 EST My First Week Back at BLC24! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718590786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well the first week into BLC24 and I feel like I really put in a great week, ate very healthy, no sweets for the week, and did all my exercises, and drank plenty of water! I started drinking herbal teas and really like them! <BR> <BR> There seems to be a big swing in how I'm feeling this round, the first BLC I was in a turmoil, seemed like I was frenzied to get everything done, was exhausted and sore from the exer... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:52:50 EST Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599664 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210478426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don't Medicate, Hydrate! <BR> <BR> 1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted! <BR> <BR> 2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:46:55 EST Smart Goals BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1610261784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Goal: Is to lose 28 lbs, get out of the 200's and into onederland! <BR> <BR> Time Table: <BR> I will lose 1 lb every week till Dec 2014 <BR> I lose very slowly due to pills, thyroid condition, and diabetes, so gave myself a little extra time. <BR> <BR> Behaviour: How I will reach those goals <BR> <BR> 1: I will exercise at least 15-30 min everyday <BR> 2: I will eat healthy, plan meals, and prep ahead <BR> 3... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:50:10 EST Back In The Driver's Seat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585963 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1423635105.jpg" <BR> <BR> As my close Sparker friends know I had a great Christmas, but really indulged in too much of those goodies that keep that weight right on this ole body, plus add a few more. I was upset with myself for awhile, but decided being upset and kicking butt was doing nothing to resolve the 4.5 lb gain. I had to put a plan in action, get back to those good habits learned on Spark..so back to exercise..30 min a day to start... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:07:01 EST A Melt Down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576055 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275406376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boy what a struggle I have been having, I don't know what happened to me at Christmas, but the flood gates opened and I ate everything I shouldn't have had.. It was like I was in a trance, my mind was saying "No Elaine" all my Spark went out the window, I gave in to everything , knowing full well what I was doing, and seemed helpless to stop it! It was like an inner demon at work one part of me wanting to get cont... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:39:34 EST Happy New Year to all my Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573544 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61253729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year!! <BR> <BR> A New Years toast to love and laughter <BR> and happily ever after <BR> <BR> A health to you, a wealth to you, <BR> And the best that life can give to you. <BR> <BR> Dance as if no one were watching, <BR> Sing as if no one were listening and <BR> Live every day as if it were your last. - Anonymous Sat, 28 Dec 2013 06:55:39 EST My Christmas Wish for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567512 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789669264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Christmas Wish For You <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 you count your blessings, one by one <BR> And when totaled by the lot <BR... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:01:30 EST Staying On Track (WEC) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563353 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521005259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the blog for the Week end Challenge (Staying on track!) <BR> <BR> 1: Put all unhealthy foods and snacks out of sight, tis the season of goodies, so have to eat in moderation, just the 3 bite rule. <BR> 2: Log all foods, and exercise, stay accountable <BR> 3: Exercise everyday <BR> 4: Drink all my water <BR> 5: Get a full nights sleep! <BR> <BR> I have to exercise more control, for a few days I went amok, ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:56:27 EST Buck -up Ole Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520647 Now I don't want this to sound like a downer, was just thinking about my journey and all it's ups and downs. All the feelings that go through me each day as I struggle to keep the pace. Those that know me; know I have had a bad year all around with illness and up-coming surgeries! <BR> My health is holding me up from achieving the goals I want to meet, but then I got to thinking, if I had taken better care of myself in the first place I wouldn't be in this predicament! I think I expect too mu... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:46:05 EST BLC 23 My journey with Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890693178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I Have been on Spark for 5 years now, lost 30 lbs and then gained it back,( I know I hear the groans!) All is not lost, I learned some valuable lessons along the way, I know stress and boredom, are my main culprits, that's when the desire to gorge comes on full force, Spark is teaching me how to control these traits,( not easily broken), but hey, I am making progress. I have lost 6 of the regained pounds, so it is ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:00:06 EST Just Thinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383969490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to laugh, my DH always says we are dieting, and I always correct him and say it's a lifestyle change, we are not depriving ourselves of any foods, we are learning to eat in moderation, and get in exercise on a daily basis! I remember so well those horrible diets of cabbage soup, or grapefruits, popping pills to suppress our appetites! You eat nothing but those things days on end..those days are long gone. DH... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:41:35 EST BLC23 I'm Ready For You ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493654 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1831954830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well the BLC 23 is almost here, I really want to give this my all, I have been yo-yoing up and down, I want to forge ahead , and have a steady weight loss, my biggest goal now is to get out of the two hundreds, and that is 28 lbs away. One of my Spark friends said she was putting her boxing gloves on this round, and so am I , no more wavering, slow and steady will win this race! <BR> <BR> Some of the things I wil... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:08:10 EST Quinoa, Broccoli, and Cheese Patties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486302 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868279867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Made these for supper..so healthy, thought I would share! <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> ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:46:18 EST