DAWNWATERWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNWATERWOMAN DAWNWATERWOMAN'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/ It's a happy day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223436 Actually, I have that song stuck in my head... It's a happy day and I thank God for the weather... It's a happy day and I'm living it for my Lord...It's a happy day...things are going to get better... living each day in the promises of God's Word. <BR> Don't know how it got in my head or got stuck there. We used to sing that when I was a teenager in Bible Club and Campus Life Youth. Haven't thought of it in years. However, the truth is that I did have a happy day and I am grateful for it. I'... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:32:40 EST Spark Page Decorating for Dummies: Tell me Toto.. is there such a thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222718 Ever since the format of the Spark Pages has been changed, I have had more and more problems when trying to decorate my Spark Page. At the beginning of each BLC, we have a SparkPage decorating contest. I have been trying to get my page all set up to represent my Beloved Lovely Limes and have had nothing but problems. I really liked it when we could "tile" our pictures and I had decided that I would take my cute little Lime Guy playing in Autumn Leaves to be my tile. Well... that never happene... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:09:23 EST so many reasons to blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16837aa4-f921-4471-b194-361cde6b8dd3.JPG"> First of all... I want to brag about my awesome team family, The Lovely Limes. We may not show as #1 on the overall stats... but my team has HEART & we are #1 in spirit. I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead this wonderful team. There are days when I would just like to give up... and my Lime team family is the biggest reason that I hang on. They show me love and motivate me all the time. I am so... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:40:58 EST Happy 4th of July... with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194766 It seems like this past week just flew by. I'm sorry that I didn't get any blogs written. It's been a busy but good week. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c438927-8f3c-41f1-98cb-f598f9078214.PNG"> <BR> I was on the front page of the local newspaper this week. I am teaching the Hairston Foundation children again this summer. This week we had 21 children ranging from ages 3-15. It was my 2 granddaughters, Savannah & McKenzie, my friend Wendy and myself teaching. It was fu... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:05:09 EST Happy Sunday, June 26... with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190126 I'm having a blah day... I woke up with a bad back ache. I cancelled all my classes and have been just relaxing, sparking and binge watching Season 5 of GLEE in honor of my sweet friend Di who is recovering from her recent surgery. Maybe I can send her some special "get well" vibes from just watching it and thinking of her. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling very well mentally today. I feel down and am pushing myself to think happy positive thoughts. Maybe sharing some of my family pictures with you... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:39:40 EST Thu-Sat. June 23-25... pictures in blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189545 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07480a0b-89ee-4213-92d6-965038449dd6.JPG"> I thought that this picture identified how I was feeling on Thursday. It was my weigh day for The Lovely Limes challenge. I have been doing ALL THE RIGHT THINGS... tracking my food & fitness, eating within my caloric range, eating the right things within that range... and STILL I had another gain. My first thought was FORGET THIS.. I'm through! I get so discouraged sometimes. This is making me crazy. I... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:04:29 EST Mon-Wed, June 20-22, picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188203 Monday my sweet friend Di had surgery to repair her back. My thoughts have been focused on her a lot the past couple of days. Her DH, Jay, has been sending me reports and I did get a text from her on Wednesday. She's going through a LOT and HAS BEEN going through a lot. Sometimes I wonder how or why anyone has to go through so much pain & difficulties. Then I just thank God for all the blessings that we have instead of focusing on the negatives. Someone told me a long time ago "never tempt wo... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:59:32 EST June 19th, Happy Father's Day.. picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25bfaeb8-febe-45ac-8bb3-d55e0ba73bc1.JPG"> This is from my Children's Church message yesterday. You can't see the F for FATHER. This is Savannah, Aurora, Haydon, Skylar, Izzy (Isaiah), Kaydon & Jacob "Brian" with my heart-daughter Sarah. The message was well received and the children all helped pass out measuring tapes to all the men of the church as a Father's Day gift. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a02644c-3fd9... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:18:04 EST June 17 & 18th , picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185423 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1492550e-a135-42ce-8224-f515e57ac137.jpg"> This is the therapy pool where I teach most of my swim lessons. I was in the pool on the 17th for 6 hours. That is LESS than I usually do on Fridays. It's usually 10+. I had a "light" Friday. <BR> The 17th was also my sister's birthday & my nephew's birthday. I took the time to send them each messages. I hope that they had a good day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8619e70-4cb... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:44:44 EST June 15 & 16, picture blogs... Happy Weigh Day Lovely Limes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184264 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a52c0d3-024b-49ed-af60-57fd256652eb.jpg"> Aurora wanted me to take her picture yesterday before she left for VBS. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca64ebb-8706-40b7-b0c8-98b97273a431.JPG"> My grandson, James, at his field day/fun day today <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f644bbed-2a3b-4477-b7e0-d3a34ee2dedf.JPG"> latest picture of Jacob "Brian"... just had to share.... <BR> <BR> Today was my weigh i... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:33:42 EST June 12-14, picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182797 My heart is broken. It's been a tough couple of days for myself and for many.... My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the senseless tragedy in FL on June 12th. My thoughts are with my sister & other family members who remember and grieve the loss of my mother on June 13th (39 years ago). My thoughts and prayers are with our Nation and our World where Hate seems to be spewed forth endlessly and people forget that our only real mission in life is to LOVE ONE ANOTHER! We are... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:53:32 EST June 10 & 11, picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180988 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95ab555a-e394-4b87-abc8-9b70b0913c54.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea975694-e77f-4759-8ff3-c88ef2bd84be.JPG"> These pictures were sent to me by my "daughter". They are of Jacob "Brian"'s first real bath. She said that he really enjoyed himself. Such a cutey! <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <BR> The emoticons pretty much say what I have been doing the past 2 days. I w... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:58:53 EST 6/9 picture blog....GO LOVELY LIMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179938 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e374c00-524a-4ac3-9647-f20e0d3e6425.jpg"> Just another fun LIME picture to celebrate WEIGH DAY with my Lovely Limes. <BR> <BR> Today was/is weigh day. I am waiting on 2 active members to post their weights & we'll be able to submit our team weigh in. My weight is UP from the end of the last challenge. I am so disgusted with myself. However.... because it was up, and because my doctor is on my back more than ever before it... I am REALLY DETER... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:36:01 EST June 6-8 pictures in a blog... LOL... GO LOVELY LIMES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac64ee14-b52c-46de-884b-545f6ead1098.JPG"> This picture is from Monday. It's one of my new students. His name is Paxton <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5d12dd1-ac9c-43a1-86fc-5ad44dfc52ba.jpg"> This picture is from Tuesday. Aurora wanted me to take the picture because she says that the opening in her gown is a gem made from a fusion between 2 "gems" from her cartoon show Steven Universe. She & Kaydon are obsessed with it.... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:20:10 EST June 5th picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177442 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/592e5d29-7f51-4577-93a3-e0a9a1f5a89a.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/944025d2-ace3-4189-91df-c34ff1b245cf.JPG"> <BR> I paid for my family to go see Teenaged Ninja Turles at our local movie theater. It was both a generous act (since I paid) and a very SELFISH act (because it meant I didn't have to take the grandchildren myself). MOST of the time, I take the children on their outings. We go to movies, parks, swimming, McDona... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:03:35 EST June 4th picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176521 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58507643-ac1a-43af-8035-0d5b8dc7d47f.jpg"> Today I got to hold my newest grandson, Jacob "Brian"... it was so nice to have some awesome cuddle time with him. I just held him for hours while the chaos of my grandson "Izzy's" 6th birthday party went on around me. He's such a good baby. Never cried the entire time I was there. Precious. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da70678e-070d-4474-9780-97dc6919ffd0.jpg"> Aurora t... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:15:54 EST June 3rd picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176516 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c47a713-7d58-4685-a897-7b4c43d6a10e.JPG"> This is a picture of my grandson James who lives in Norfolk. His mom posted his picture on FB. It amazes me how much he looks like his daddy, my youngest son George. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/320958a0-4493-4e28-8dd4-360ee786e0e1.PNG"> This is a picture of a Little Golden Book that I have been trying to find for almost 20 years. My therapist (years ago) told me to find it si... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:07:38 EST 6/2 picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ca64b79-2872-47df-a85b-4d2806352d8e.JPG"> <BR> A friend of mine sent me this picture. I had just been talking about wishing we had a fire pit in the back yard to roast hot dogs & marshmallows on with the children. She knows that I like Spiders and suggested that this would be perfect. Of course, none of my family likes spiders at all & I am quite sure that the neighbors would find it a bit upsetting as well. LOL Thought I'd share it here thoug... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:22:01 EST June 1st 2016. a picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174753 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20a99033-cce0-47f3-af44-2314bf4452f5.JPG"> <BR> Now... I know that this image may be confusing to many of you. It's something that my son sent to me. When they were little, my boys had two main obsessions... The X-men comics/cards and watching The Breakfast Club over and over. My youngest son could literally recite the entire movie as it played. He dressed like "the jean jacket guy" all the time. LOL This picture has combined both into a wonde... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:30:36 EST May 31st picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174748 Yep, a day behind again.... <BR> My hormones must be messed up or something. I just can't seem to stop crying. Even little things set me off. I have upped my antidepressant and still am feeling really down. Not whining. Just stating the facts. <BR> The eye doctor was a surprise. First of all, I thought it was going to be covered completely by my insurance because I am supposed to get a yearly eye exam for free. NOPE. Had to pay a $50 co-pay which I could not afford but I DID. Oh well. Then,... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:22:21 EST May 30th picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173778 It was a weird Memorial Day. I didn't eat watermelon. I didn't go to the pool. I didn't go to a cookout. All the things that I would normally do on Memorial. Instead I spent the day just resting, taking some down DAWN time. I watched GLEE. I did some Sparking. I watched some tv with DH. I did take the time to remember those who have fought for our freedom. I am grateful. <BR> <BR> The latest picture of my grandson..... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7e02f4b-e130-4800... Tue, 31 May 2016 13:12:52 EST May 29th picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173037 Sorry that I am posted a "next day" blog but I fell asleep pretty early last night. <BR> <BR> Sundays are always pretty busy. I attended Sunday School & then Church. Went to lunch with my Church Family. Taught 2 hours of swim lessons.. including a new student that was very difficult. I teach a lot of private lessons to "special needs" children. This was the first time I had met this little girl and not only was she a bit timid with me but was terrified of the water. It was NOT a good experi... Mon, 30 May 2016 11:48:03 EST May 28th Picture Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172176 Today has been a good day. I'm really tired. I worked another 6 hours today. Good exercise but phew, I am tired. Movie night at church tonight. Great movie but a real tear jerker. That makes me tired too. My food is good today. I feel good about life. Sarah & the baby went home from the hospital today. Glad of that. Her biological mom & sister are in town to visit. She's happy. <BR> Got some good pictures of my youngest son today with 3 of his children. Now you can see MORE of the grandchild... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:20:01 EST May 27th picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171621 Today has been a good day. I got up early and attended my OA meeting. It was a good one. Then I ran over to pick up my granddaughters and took them to the hospital to spend some time with their mom & new little brother. I have been getting cute pictures off of FB of them all day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57b8dc3a-a029-400e-a6d2-351466e0184e.JPG"> Jacob "Brian" Dillon <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e9f3a62-6c1f-4260-8e7d-5e3ef91f2894.JPG"> ... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:12:30 EST The Return of picture blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170939 I believe that I do best when I am blogging. I believe that I am more inclined to blog daily, when I challenge myself to do a "picture a day" blog. THEREFORE, I have decided to return to that format for my blogs and to commit to blogging daily (as much as possible) <BR> <BR> Today has been an exciting day. To begin with my granddaughter, Aurora, lost another tooth. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13c6aa48-a33c-4b02-81e3-7c055d8f7bb3.jpg"> <BR> She was very excited and i... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:38:00 EST Saying Goodbye to the Spring Into Shape Lovely Limes & Hello to the Summer Strong LL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166607 It is always a little bit sad when the end of a 10 week challenge comes along. We are such a FAMILY and it feels a bit like a let down. In our case, it's just the end of one chapter and the time to turn another page. We are so blessed because MOST of our team family members have all signed up for the next challenge. I'm so grateful because it would really feel like a huge let down to lose my special family. <BR> <BR> What does the Lovely Limes Team Family offer me? Love, Support, Motivatio... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:49:39 EST Pittsburgh in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137275 I won't be able to post all of my pictures because I am a bit of a picture hog... but I will post a few special ones. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b935f6b3-7823-4faf-9ec0-5820ebf5f0a5.jpg"> My precious "Serious Sisters" Deb & Di <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f590bd70-3cbc-4eff-b271-148b2394e198.JPG"> The 3 of us together <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5ef6828-4866-4d6e-be03-966514e05842.JPG"> Starry Night <BR> <im... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:30:44 EST Pittsburgh with my Serious Sisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134517 It's been an awesome 2 days here in Pittsburgh. I rode up here with a pool friend on Saturday. We took the scenic route through western Va, WVA & PA. It was a glorious sunny day so the view was lovely. I got to Deb house about between 3 & 4pm. Di was already here and let me tell you, seeing these precious ladies standing on the porch watching me walk up the lawn was TOTALLY wonderful. Even though the ground was a bit soft & uphill, it felt like I was RUNNING to them. LOL. It's been nothing bu... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:56:43 EST Thank goodness for my LOVELY LIMES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132103 Honestly, time passes me by so quickly that I can barely keep up with myself. If it were not for the Lovely Limes team family, I would probably be lost to my program. Being the leader of this awesome team helps to keep me on task. I don't want to let the team down, so I don't give up or give in. The accountability I get from the team family is what is helping me to reach the goals that I have set up for myself this challenge. I NEED the team as much as I hope that they need me. Doing the News... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:42:01 EST Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121680 Today I am frustrated. It was my weigh day and the scale shows that I have gained 6 pounds this week. REALLY? I have been able to exercise a good amount of minutes. I have cut way back on carbs. My calories are within range. The only thing that I can figure out is that where my knees are swelling so badly, the fluid may be a part of the problem. It doesn't make me feel any better about myself though. GRRR. <BR> <BR> Oh well... I will not be discouraged. I will move forward and try harder. H... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:35:24 EST Time flies.... fun or no fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120560 It never ceases to amaze me how time will just fly past me and I have no idea where it goes. I promise you that it really IS my intention to blog daily. Then, the days rush by and I have no idea where the time goes. I can't believe that I am sitting here on Wednesday wondering how I could have forgotten to blog the past 2 days. <BR> <BR> A portion of that happens because I work weird hours and am tired in between. Not an excuse, just the way it works. I teach water aerobics in the mornings.... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:16:22 EST Time Change TIRED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118491 As soon as I finish writing this I am getting into my pjs and going to bed. I'm pooped. <BR> <BR> Today has been a busy but good day. Church this morning. Board meeting to follow. Taught 3 hours of swim lessons this afternoon. (took 3 of the granddaughters to the pool to have fun while I was teaching). Dinner with the family. Created & sent out the Lovely Limes Ledger (our weekly Newsletter)... been Sparking along a bit. NOW BED!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking the journey with me. Bright bl... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:16:13 EST Spring Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117849 Don't forget to turn those clocks ahead. I already did the one in the van just because I know I won't be going any where now & I might forget to do it in the morning and then think I have plenty of time at some point, when I won't. <BR> <BR> It's always tough with the new time change for awhile. Losing an hour of sleep is just a big deal to me now. LOL Tomorrow is going to be a long day & I know that my butt will be dragging by the end of it. I'm looking forward to the longer days however.... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:12:35 EST Tired but Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117118 Tonight I am tired but happy. I was in the water for 10 hours. I taught swim lessons to both children and adults. Some private some group. I taught water aerobics. I exercised. I am TIRED (and a bit waterlogged). I am happy. I am always happy when I spend a lot of time in the water. My knees are still hurting but better than they were. I guess when they are as bad as mine, it's all relative anyway. Just depends on how high my tolerance for pain is on any given day I suppose. <BR> <BR> I am ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:34:34 EST Dragging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116445 Well, I have discovered that if i drag my foot along the ground or floor instead of lifting my foot, I can basically keep the knee from going out of place. It was rough most of the day but once work was over and I was home to elevate, it has been better. I did get the first grade swim lessons done, mostly hopping on one leg in the water... thank goodness for weightlessness in the pool. My son was a big help and I used the lift chair to get in and out of the pool. Where there is a will there i... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:45:15 EST Tomorrow is Weigh Day... GO LOVELY LIMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115473 The LOVELY LIMES are ready to start the SHAPE UP FOR SPRING BL CHALLENGE. We've been chit chatting about our goals and our plans of active. Everyone is getting more and more excited about the possibilities we are being offered. I really believe that this is going to be a very successful challenge. Not just for the Lovely Limes but for all the teams. There seems to be an air of POSITIVITY floating about and I am grateful for it. <BR> <BR> It was pretty upsetting to me that I set the goal t... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:14:13 EST Breaking Bad Blog Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113725 It really upsets me when I forget to blog or just get too busy to blog. Blogging helps me. It keeps me focused and helps me to stay on track. It's so easy to break away from blogging. That baffles me. When I sit down and write out a blog, I always feel better. It helps me to feel "worthy" because I believe that someone out there cares enough to read what I have to say. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have something important to say. Well, at least I think it is important. Other times, I just feel lik... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:06:10 EST March 3, 2016... debate anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110606 Well, it's March 3rd. Everyone around here is talking about the debate tonight. I am thinking that I will probably not even watch it. I'm pretty discouraged with the way the debates go. I hate to see adults acting like teenagers. If I want to hear a bunch of bickering, I'll hang out with my older granddaughters. We had our "super Tuesday" vote and I voted. I did my duty despite the fact that the person that I voted for did not win our state. I am still in awe of the way that the votes are goi... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:59:50 EST March 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109877 It's been a pretty good day. The weather changed and is colder. Now I am achy and feeling a bit rough. Not sick, just reminded that my joints are tired. LOL My food is good today. Below my caloric range, carbs are good. My exercise was lower but I have learned to take care of my knees when they tell me to. My granddaughter is not feeling well. I hate to see her sick. <BR> <BR> If I haven't mentioned it before.. I have been lax. We are settled into our new home. It is really awesome. It's cle... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:38:30 EST MARCHing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108994 Can you believe that it is March 1st? How in the world is MARCH already here? Didn't we just finished dealing with the food coma's of Thanksgiving & Christmas. UGH... I'm still paying the price. <BR> <BR> Today has been a good day. I took DH to work at 7:30. Went to work & taught 3 hours of classes. Stopped by the voting place & cast my vote (for what it was worth... VA is NOT using it's collective common sense) Came home & took my family out (the exterminator was at our house for the month... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:33:47 EST Happy Leap Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108102 Today begins my commitment to LEAP back into the healthiest & best way of living. I am getting back to good exercise time...not just my classes but extra exercise time for ME. I am getting back to my low-no carb food plan and tracking everything that I eat and drink. I have also decided to just work between the caloric range that SparkPeople set up for me and NOT connect my exercise tracker to it because I believe that it pushes my caloric range up too high. I am feeling good about all of th... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:31:08 EST It's great to be a Lovely Lime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098010 Today my blog is about my awesome Biggest Loser Challenge team family.... THE LOVELY LIMES! We may not always be #1 in the standings but we are definitely #1 in team family spirit. We love & support one another, no matter what. Our Lime Team Challenge this week is to write about how the Winter Challenge has helped us. I would have to say that it has helped me from wallowing in depression. I have a problem with depression and Winter is the worst time for me. I always have problems with my eati... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:10:30 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057525 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df5a9e9-139f-4dd5-b3d9-c02dc9f34435.jpg"> <BR> This is my goal for 2016.... to become more of a prayer warrior. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping that everyone had a wonderful & Happy New Year's day. Mine has been really nice. I started the day off with an OA meeting. We read Step 1 in the 12&12 and had a nice discussion. Afterwards, DH & I had a nice lunch & met my "daughter" to give her a ham to fix for dinner tonight. Then we came home and relaxed.... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:10:32 EST Dec 26-30th.... playing catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b1818b2-749e-4a56-b3ee-49b4a41d4144.JPG"> <BR> I don't know if this picture is real or not.... what I do know is that it is BEAUTIFUL. I would think that it would be too cold for a spider to be spinning a web in that sort of snow & ice.. but maybe it got caught in a surprise storm. That's the way that I feel right now... like I am caught in a surprise storm. LOL Might as well look for the beauty in it. <BR> <BR> Moving is so much harder than... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:54:36 EST Merry Christmas 2015... a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f47ba38d-ef1f-4239-b01e-8747d9aeb073.JPG"> This is Aurora with Peppa Pig. She oinks, giggles & talks when hugged. A big hit! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d353deb1-b877-402d-a22f-60122bbf5fb7.JPG"> Kaydon was in Star Wars heaven today. He takes after his daddy. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc16891e-b920-451e-b364-ffe69d72597b.JPG"> The children gave their dad a Star Wars, The Force Awakens shirt.... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 23:12:25 EST Christmas eve 2015: a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4df3c54d-ceb5-4015-955b-b7fb8f87f2c8.JPG"> <BR> As is our family Christmas eve tradition, the children opened their 1 gift each... New PJs to wear to bed so that their Christmas jammies will be in the Christmas day pictures. Here are Kaydon and Aurora in front of the Christmas tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b710bde1-bde6-4e91-822d-9b519af53c4c.JPG"> <BR> This is a picture of the end of our Christmas Eve candlelight... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:45:40 EST December 23, 2015: a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed3781cf-4ff1-4497-9a29-173aa5dc9642.png"> <BR> After the joyful two days that I just had.. this picture seemed to be very appropriate for me. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was a good day. I taught 2 hours in the pool. Had a nice lunch with my friend Gail. Came home and did some Sparking & relaxing. Spent some quality time with the grandchildren and watched some tv. All & all it was a really good day. I am blessed. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:35:21 EST December 22, 2015, Tuesday (LATE) a picture a day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051757 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ccc8c73-a56c-4c70-8587-6c7952f3b277.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73e873c8-6bbd-429f-bddb-1a59e7ef7897.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5af4cc2-7293-48e0-832d-445bfc6521f1.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adeb9905-2a60-47d1-aba6-bfa1ab411320.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f523cf36-34b1-4b38-b81c-8caa05942872.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Again my camera does weird stu... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:20:29 EST December 21st, 2015, Monday: a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051746 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a06ef72-5d7a-493b-b8b2-8f07c7511e12.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/929077f6-68c3-4a9b-99d9-44b2ef122cd2.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b56d569-1148-4a30-8901-79efc0080b44.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e60e9db-e9f3-4dae-be2d-842d61ae2a1b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made a whirl wind trip to Norfolk to pick up some Christmas presents that my youngest son had made for me to give to th... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:35:21 EST December 20th, 2015, Sunday...a picture a day blog (LATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c7ff1ef-c215-4009-be5d-8bf6cef9066b.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a52fc997-2c74-4a69-a208-3d7c1529bd27.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/575a28c2-124e-4660-b48b-bb81214cf672.JPG"> <BR> These are pictures of 3 of my grandchildren (Aurora, Kaydon & Savannah) with our Pastor. He's a pretty good "Santa". <BR> <BR> We had a lovely Sunday. Got up early & picked up DH from Kmart where he had worked from 1... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:13:56 EST