DAVENPLK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAVENPLK DAVENPLK'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/ Nonessential http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832144 What things are not essential? What can you eliminate? This doesn’t only have to be “bad” things—perhaps there are fitness or diet/nutrition activities that you are doing that are not essential to your progress. Or maybe you are doing too many good deeds for others that it is driving you to emotional eating? Activity: Post these in chat or in your blog. 20 points <BR> <BR> There are many nonessential things in my life. One is being on teams that are not active. I have a couple of teams t... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:32:37 EST Identify the Essential http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832134 If you want to simplify or declutter, the first step is identifying what is most important. In this case, identify what is most important in your life, and what’s most important for you to focus on right now. Activity: Make a short list for each of these things. <BR> Post “the essential” in chat or in your blog. 20 points. <BR> <BR> Most import in my life: <BR> spending time with my family <BR> getting healthy <BR> spending time looking at new homes <BR> taking more college classes online <B... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:18:04 EST Grey Wolf....ITC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831013 Write down whatever is on your mind/weighing you down in chat or a blog post this week and post it. <BR> <BR> Things that are on my mind are weighing me down. I am not sure how I am going to get everything done in such as short time before Christmas, I am worried that my family will struggle because of the loss of two loved ones in a short period of time. (nephew and brother). This is the first Christmas without them. I am worried that my uncle will pass during this holiday season. (He... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:03:30 EST My vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827194 My vision is to clean out my life closet. I no longer want to see racks of clothes that are too small. I no longer want to live an unhealthy life. I want to feel good about myself and about my life. The only one who can make my life healthier is me. I want to feel good in my swimsuit once again. I want to have the energy to go places and do things. I want to take back my life. It is time that I do this for myself. I have no one to blame but myself. It is time to take action. It is ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:48:17 EST I needed to exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826618 I really needed to exercise, but I was so tired.....I just couldn't move. My husband came to the rescue. He told me that he wanted to get in a little addition exercise today....80 minutes later....I have walked and biked....I just have more energy now. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:50:26 EST A long week ahead.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825210 This time of year is so busy. I love every minute of it, but I must remember one thing....take time for yourself. I must remember that putting myself last is no longer allowed. I will exercise, chart my food, be active on this site.....These are the things that I need in order to become a much healthier self....I am taking it one step at a time and one day at a time. I will get there because I believe in me. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:45:56 EST Dear Me, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824202 As a part of one of my team's challenge, I am to write a letter to myself. Here it is. <BR> <BR> Linda, you know when you are eating too much. <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <em>486</em> You know that you don't feel good <em>527</em> when you do this. Why do you hate yourself so much? You continue to abuse your body both inside and out with bad choices. It's time for you to show a little respect to yourself. Feed your body the food that it needs, and it deserves. Love yours... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:02:50 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823354 Love this: <BR> <BR> "FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant." ~ Bill Phillips <BR> <BR> A fellow Sparker posted this, and I am so glad that she did. <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:03:45 EST Today is my anniversary!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822949 Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband!!!! <em>129</em> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:47:05 EST First family event without Jeff.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821563 My younger brother passed suddenly and unexpectedly in June. He was the healthiest in everything. He walked everywhere. This is the first family event without him......He will be missed..... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:19:14 EST Thanksgiving, baking cookies, etc..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821040 There are some possible <em>15</em> days ahead of me. I am not cooking the <em>429</em> , but I know that it will be ok. I am making some WW recipes for <BR> <em>551</em> that I will bring to the feast. I guess it is important for me to remember to spend more time with family and less time with <em>471</em> . I think my family will be much healthier and happier with choices that are more nutritious. I realize that Thanksgiving only comes once a year, but that is just an ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:42:19 EST Not much time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819744 I am running out of daylight hours, and there is still much for me to do. Where does the time go? I need to check in with my teams and chart all my food. I hope everyone had a Sparkiful day today!!! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:25:35 EST My scale; my friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819099 I love the <em>192</em> . I love the <em>192</em> .I love the <em>192</em> . I must remember that the <em>192</em> is my friend. It lets me know when my <em>486</em> food choices have been bad. It lets me know that the <em>473</em> (only one) does make a difference. It lets me know that the extra slice of <em>480</em> was more than my body needed. It lets me know that <em>45</em> <em>277</em> <em>368</em> helps me to move the <em>193</em> to a lower number. ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:15:08 EST COOOOOOOLLLLDDDDDDD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818509 It's <em>425</em> outside. I guess the good part is that I am burning more calories just trying to stay warm......... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:26:19 EST 3 driveways to shovel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817779 The <em>425</em> was beautiful to watch, but it it not fun to shovel. The <em>67</em> is out, so I hope to see some melting, Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:42:46 EST Zoup!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816976 We went out to eat after work, so I tried to encourage my husband to pick a healthy place. It was cold outside, so he was hungry for some soup. <em>481</em> I have never check the nutrition and caloric content of their foods, and I tried to pick healthy. The <em>481</em> was great and healthy, too. I was glad that we did not go to fast food place to eat. <em>489</em> <em>486</em> That's the last thing I need on my plate. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:14:20 EST Scale is stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815556 It's ok. I have been through this before.....I know that I am not overeating. I just need to let my body catch up. The scale <em>192</em> will move once again. My clothes <em>9</em> are loose, and I am almost ready for a smaller size. It's time to go on a shopping trip and experience the feeling of accomplishment!!! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:12:04 EST Second chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813566 I have been given a second chance at winning this battle of the bulge. I know that staying away from the scale is my way of denying that I am gaining. Sometimes, I could just kick myself in the rear for not stepping on the one thing that could change my outcome. Because I was so embarrassed at my weight, I was devastated when the nurse announced my weight so that many others could hear it. My face turned bright red and my blood pressure shot through the roof. I refused to go to the do... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:53:31 EST Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813330 Spark teams are so important to me. I am searching for a very motivating team that really gets me involved and makes me feel at home. I see lots of challenges, but the process of losing weight is a challenge in and of itself. I need to know that there is always someone to lean on and is there for me. Losing weight is a lifetime struggle, and I am in it for the long haul. <em>521</em> , and I will take it one day at a time. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 23:31:10 EST Glad those elections are over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811502 I am so glad that the election commercials are over for now. They were so annoying, and it increased the stress level in my life. My husband became so irritated during these commercials that my stress level increased. Just take slow deep breaths.....relax.... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:31:46 EST starting to feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810871 I am dealing with an injury to my leg, and I am started to feel better. I am not ready to start exercise at this time. I will wait for the doctor's ok. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:20:09 EST The scale has moved.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809442 It just took the "spark" to get my scale moving in the right direction. I needed to practice portion control and accountability for what I eat. I was down .5 today.....It's a small step in the right direction. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 15:58:10 EST It's time to get back with the program!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808265 I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking......... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:04:15 EST It's time to get back with the program!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808264 I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking......... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:04:13 EST Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453385 My classroom was so hot that I needed to change clothes in the afternoon! I could not feel any air moving, and I was just miserable. Welcome back to school! I unpacked boxes and cleaned the room. It was one hard day of work! <BR> <BR> Linda Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:22:05 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452238 Back to work tomorrow! I hope it is not too hot! <BR> I had a good day of eating! <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:40:45 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449111 I hate to go shopping for clothes. Younkers was having a warehouse clearance with another 20 percent off. I bought a couple of outfits. I am starting back to school on Monday, and I needed some cooler things to wear. The school is not air-conditioned. I will also need to buy a fan. <em>381</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 18:02:56 EST Eating out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447789 We've really been eating out lately! That can be hard on the diet. I ate a chicken fajita salad with salsa and no sour cream. It was very filling, and I loved all the veggies. I don't like the shells that come with many of the salads, so I don't order them. <BR> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:51:41 EST car show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445708 Culver's car show...Another show tonight. I did some walking and ate a salad. All in all...a good day. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 21:06:13 EST class reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444577 It was hard to look at my class reunion page because I am soooo fat. I just about cried when I saw them. I am working at being healthier...I need to stay motivated and not give up!!!! <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 21:38:29 EST Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441125 Anyone know how to upload a picture from iPad? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:32:11 EST Another car show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440261 We had another car show tonight! I don't get it! These people are clicky....I sat and read my book while my husband walked around looking at the cars. The food choice was a&w. I had diet rootbeer and a chicken sandwich with no mayo. I really needed a big salad and a bowl of fresh fruit...... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:06:29 EST Much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438919 I went to bed at normal time, and I did sleep a good 8 hours. I had trouble falling asleep...need ear plugs. I don't think my husband's hearing is very good. <BR> <BR> Stayed with the program today with lots of added movement throughout the day...a good day it was for me. <em>252</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:23:10 EST Sleep would not come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437934 I did not sleep well last night. It was cool, but I was too hot. I finally got up and had some ice water thinking that I was dehydrated. That did not work. It is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I love to watch Dr. Oz, and his show today was about sleep issues. I did not realize that turning on bright lights before bed could disturb my sleep rhythm. That is why televisions should not be in bedrooms. Lights from alarm clocks can disturb sleep. <BR> <BR> As I listened to his show, I realiz... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:27:55 EST Car shows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436752 Lots of car shows this weekend. We did spend time walking and looking at cars, but the food choices were definitely unhealthy. I made it through the weekend with a smile on my face. Have a good Monday. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:15:33 EST Car shows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436751 Lots of car shows this weekend. We did spend time walking and looking at cars, but the food choices were definitely unhealthy. I made it through the weekend with a smile on my face. Have a good Monday. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:15:33 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433410 The scale is slowly moving..but it is moving. I have bee gradually adding more exercise <BR> Into my day. Keep going, LInda, you can do this! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:01:04 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427392 I am not motivated to work out yet. My husband bought me freshly made doughnuts....challenges...I will not eat doughnut...I will not eat doughnut... <BR> <em>247</em> Il Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:33:50 EST Down 3 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425489 I have lost 3 pounds! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:01:13 EST Missing in action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424437 That's me. I thought I could control my weight without support. Guess not. Without my support system, I have gained many pounds, and I must now commit myself to a lifetime of continual support. I know I need it. Thanks for being part of my support system. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:21:26 EST a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437499 I made it swimming all five days this week. A good week for exercising. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:54:54 EST back to the basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424998 I thought that I could do this alone without charting my daily program. I was wrong. Portion control was a major problem as well as forgetting what I was eating. It is time for me to reconsider my goals and charting. The visual cue that I get from charting helps me to focus on my health and well-being. Back to Sparking!!! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 18:10:08 EST blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514765 I really don't have much to say...just glad it's Sunday!! Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:40:33 EST heat index http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513597 It's hard to get outside and exercise when it is toooooooooo hot!! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 21:23:35 EST county fairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3507546 I will be going to the county fair tomorrow....hopefully there will be something healthy to eat. Thu, 5 Aug 2010 20:46:02 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503229 I fell and hit my knee...I had to stop walking for a few days....Now, I'm back to my usual self....Swam 2 miles this morning. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:36:37 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496278 Rain, rain...go away.... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:58:37 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486409 TGIF Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:24:44 EST humidity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3481889 not so bad today....I can take the heat...not the humidity Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:18:08 EST a warm swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3470591 The water was way toooooooooo warm to accomplish much.......... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:14:53 EST