CORKYTHEMOM1's SparkPeople Blog CORKYTHEMOM1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community In Honor of Mother's Day <em>26</em> In Loving Memory of my heavenly mother - Maria T. Powell : <BR> <BR> We are forever connected between the invisible string leading to your eternal heart and my earthly heart. Never forgotten and forever loved! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> In Honor of my beautiful children - Michelle, Boomer and Nick: <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is... Sat, 7 May 2016 22:38:31 EST Honoring Veteran's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Veteran's Day. We honor those who have so bravely served this country. America is founded on the principle of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Our nation's soldiers serve every day to protect our country and its ideals. Take a sacred moment to remember those who sacrifice their lives every moment to achieve peace and democracy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:37:21 EST NO-excuse NO-vember! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The holiday season is a difficult time of the year for maintaining healthy nutrition and fitness habits! Let's challenge ourselves to welcome NOvember by breaking the cycle of reverting to bad habits! Say YES to replacing each NO excuse into a chain reaction of positive thoughts, actions and outcomes! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> NO more negative thoughts and self-talk! <BR> <em>381</e... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:00:28 EST My Spark Journey (Part 2) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Monika and I’m 58 – years young-at-heart! I am the proud mom and grandma of one daughter (37 yrs), two sons (21 and 19 yrs) and two grandsons (17 and 4 yrs). <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Beginning Weight: 198 pounds <BR> <em>9</em> Weight Lost: 58 pounds <BR> <em>248</em> Maintenance Weight: 140 pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:41:35 EST Spark Journey TIPS (Part 1) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Beginning Weight: 198 pounds <BR> <em>9</em> Weight Lost: 58 pounds <BR> <em>248</em> Maintenance Weight: 140 pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> From learning experiences and mishaps with SP, I created TIPS that continue to inspire me. Copies are taped near my desk, in f... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:20:20 EST Honoring 4th of July! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>304</em> As we celebrate our Nation's birth, please HONOR the men and women of our Armed Forces, past, present and future, whose courage, commitment and continued sacrifices enable us ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 09:01:23 EST Happy Father's Day in Heaven! <em>26</em> In Loving Memory of my heavenly dad - Samuel L. Powell <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the wonderful advice and direction you have given me over the years that shaped me into the person I am today. You truly are my hero! Never forgotten and forever loved! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> In Loving Memo... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:14:03 EST My Spark Friends Inspire Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never miss an opportunity to tell people how much they mean to you. My Spark friends are the best! It's special people like you that help me keep going and remain focused. I am grateful to have you as Spark friends and for being an example for me to follow. You motivate and inspire me on a daily basis! Thank you for enriching my life and being a part of my life’s journey. With love, gratitude and hugs to each... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:38:22 EST I'm BACK! Together, We CAN Do It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm BACK! Due to hardware system failure and not having access to a computer since early November, 2014, I had to temporarily leave SP. Throughout my absence, you continued to remain in my thoughts. I've missed you all! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since my departure, I have fully recovered from the head-on-collision accident that I was... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:00:40 EST Update on My Car Accident <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I was involved in a head-on collision accident with my van on June 7th. For nearly a month, I suffered from chronic neck pain that radiated down my right shoulder, arm and fingers. Prior to taking Physical Therapy (PT), I endured severe pain, limited neck motion, loss of mobility in my right arm, muscle spasms and numbness in my fingers. <BR> <BR> After a month of PT, I’m no longer suffer... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:08:34 EST Happy Birthday in Heaven, Bill! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In loving memory of my beloved husband and soulmate, Bill. <BR> <BR> Who left my loving arms on January 28, 2008. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Always on my mind, forever in my heart. We are forever connected between the invisible string leading from your eternal heart to my earthly heart. Till we meet again in heaven. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:40:42 EST Update on My Car Accident <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> On June 7th, I was involved in a head-on collision accident with my van. Since my auto accident, I have been in extreme pain. I’m suffering from chronic neck pain that has radiated down my right shoulder, arm and fingers. I’ve been experiencing limited neck motion, loss of mobility in my right arm, numbness in my fingers, muscle spasms, difficulty sitting short periods of time and sleep disturbances throughou... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:21:17 EST Honoring Flag Day On June 14th, Flag Day is celebrated every year to honor the stars and stripes. The flag of the United States represents freedom. Let's always remember our loyalty to the nation, reaffirm our belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity. I honor this day by displaying the American flag in front of my home. God Bless America, Our Troops and Our Freedom! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:23:03 EST Involved In Head-On Collision Accident <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just got home from the ER an hour ago. This morning, I was involved in a head-on collision accident with my van. Luckily, no broken bones or injuries from the driver that hit my van. I am bruised all over, have whiplash and my ribs are injured. The doctor wants me to rest for a week. I am on pain medicine to ease the pain and help the swelling. The medication is fogging my mind. I no longer have transporta... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 19:27:49 EST Tribute to Memorial Day <em>232</em> Remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces! Thank You for sacrificing your lives for our freedom! God Bless our fallen heroes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> * Honor * Respect * Remember * America's Warriors! Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sat, 24 May 2014 13:11:30 EST JOIN ME in a New Year's Pledge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Let's take our goals that we have set for the first month of the new year and charge after them in an unstoppable manner! JOIN ME as we journey together in a 2014 New Year’s Pledge: WE WILL SUCCEED by making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes in our combined health, nutrition, fitness and inner well-being goals! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:09:21 EST Remembering Our Troops Happy Holidays to the men and women who protect and serve our country at home and abroad! Honoring our soldiers and their families that await the safety of their return. God Bless Our Troops and their families today and always. Have a beautiful and blessed holiday season and upcoming New Year! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:35:37 EST Daylight Savings Time Ends (Humor) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:14:16 EST October Fitness Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make exercise a habit! Let’s challenge our bodies with October fitness! Sweat the pounds away and enjoy the benefits of fitness! Boost self-confidence! Burn calories! Shed body fat! Tone muscles! Boost metabolism! Increases stamina! Improve coordination! Enhance flexibility! Decrease measurements! Receive maximum results! COMMIT to be FIT! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:12:48 EST October Acrostic Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's make October the month to renew and refresh ourselves! Fall is the season to rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit! Let’s enjoy the colorful sights, autumn scents and wildlife sounds of October! Fall for outdoor fitness fun! Find healthy recipes with autumn flavors! Embrace positive modification for inner well-being! Enjoy October’s journey of improved health! Have a happy and healthy autumn month! <BR>... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:55:08 EST My Son's Hospitalization Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As many of you already know, due to multiple health issues, my 16 - year old son, Nick, was first admitted into the hospital last month on April 12th . He was discharged from the hospital on April 22nd. Since then, his specialists were monitoring his medical needs on an out-patient basis. On May 6th my son experienced several medical setbacks and was re-admitted into the hospital. I have no idea how long he w... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:08:49 EST THANK YOU Blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am writing a THANK YOU blog. At this time, I am unable to respond individually to those that offered their support during my youngest son’s hospitalization. <BR> <BR> The last ten days have been a very difficult time for my children and me. Due to multiple health issues, my 16 - year old son, Nick, was admitted into the hospital on April 12th. He was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon. Star... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:27:10 EST My Vision Board - SIA Week 3 I am DONE with being the fat girl! This BAHAMA MAMA is SPRINGING TO ACTION! I commit to be FIT with Ballet fitness! I CAN and WILL shape myself into the person I want to be! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~ Monika ~ <em>104</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 17:36:33 EST JOIN ME in a SP Workout Game Challenge - SIA Week 2 Do you enjoy watching television? Are you FED UP with being interrupted from one commercial following another in between your shows? IF SO, there is a SOLUTION on how we CAN handle these annoying interruptions and lose calories at the same time! LET’S GET PHYSICAL!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ARE YOU READY to convert your annoyance of commercials into burning some calories? ARE YOU PREPARED to elevate your metabolism ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:08:42 EST Maxine - Political Humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 12:52:50 EST Thanksgiving Humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Q. Why did the Pilgrims want to sail to America in the spring? <BR> A. Because April showers bring Mayflowers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Q. What key has legs and can't open doors? <BR> A. A Turkey <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>4... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:34:47 EST I Need Support! Too many losses ..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again, I am grieving inwardly from another loss of a family member to cancer. Although, I am adopted, I have had the privilege of meeting my natural mother, half-sister, brother-in-law, nephew and uncle and his family over (30) years ago while visiting Germany. Since then, my family in Germany and I have remained in contact via telephone calls, emails and occasional visits. Last month, my German mother l... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:55:32 EST Maxine Halloween Humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:29:00 EST Top 10 Signs You Are Too Old to Be Trick or Treating Top 10 Signs You Are Too Old to Be Trick or Treating: <BR> <BR> <BR> 10. You get winded from knocking on the door. <BR> <BR> 9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you. <BR> <BR> 8. You ask for high fiber candy only. <BR> <BR> 7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over. <BR> <BR> 6. People say, "Great Keith Richards mask!" and you're not wearing a mask. <BR> <BR> 5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the re... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:28:47 EST Let's Get Physical! <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>381</em> Join me as we participate in today's physical activity! Are you ready to diversify your workout routine? Are you ready to burn some calories? Are you prepared to elevate your metabolism? Let's GET fired up from our head to our toes! Let me hear you yell, "WE CAN DO IT!!" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:30:49 EST I'm Back! Let's IGNITE Our Spark! Let's IGNITE our Spark! Can We Do It? A CAN DO positive attitude is the key to Success! Choose! Explore! Journey! Live the Life You Imagined! Say "YES" to I CAN! I WILL! I AM! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Begin each day with a "CAN DO" attitude. Say, YES to Confidence! Say, YES to Action! Say, YES to Commitment! Say, YES to Achievement! Why? Because, WE CAN DO ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:37:36 EST