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/ I'M TIRED OF BEING FAT.... WHY AM I STILL HERE?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959989 Do you ever just sit and wonder WHY AM I HERE? I don't mean that I am suicidal. I am feeling that I am frustrated with what seems to be an endless struggle to stay on task. WHY keep moving forward with my attempts to lose weight and get healthy? Day in and day out I exercise like a mad woman. I don't want to hear (read) "but you exercise as part of your job, so your body has become accustomed to the exercise and those calories burned don't count any more". You can NOT convince me that working... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:18:35 EST A sincere SPARK apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955746 Yesterday I posted a blog that later had to be removed by SparkPeople. When I wrote the blog.... a passionate plea to help a SparkFriend in need... I did not realize that I was breaking SparkPeople rules. I had read the terms and conditions as set up by SparkPeople prior to posting the blog AND the Team SparkMails that I sent out after posting the blog. <BR> <BR> Please accept my most sincere apologies for breaking the rules, even if unintentionally, and for offending anyone that was upset ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 09:08:42 EST THE LOVELY LIMES....why I am there.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955383 Last week the LIME TEAM CHALLENGE was to write a blog about Why being a LOVELY LIME team family member is important to us. It was such a rough week that I didn't have time to get the blog written. In all honesty, I've not been in the "HEADSPACE" to write a blog for a long time. BUT, the LIMES are VERY important to me and I will NOT let the opportunity arrive to share WHY they are so precious to me. <BR> <BR> When I first joined the BLC I was a member of the Mahogany Melters. They were a goo... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:53:23 EST Day 204 of 365 Days to transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884539 Not much to blog about tonight. Silly but I'll share that I have a little infected boo boo on my pinky finger & it is bothering me to type. LOL silly. Oh well.... I've had a great couple of days. Taught 4 hours in the pool on Friday and 5 hours in the pool today. I'm tired but happy. My food has been perfect and I am really grateful for that as well. I've been watching the Good Witch Marathon on Hallmark channel. It was fun to just chill and watch. Time for bed. I'll write a much more detaile... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:51:37 EST Day 202 of 365 Days to transforming Dawn: GETTING HONEST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883131 365 Days of Transforming Dawn...continued: <BR> <BR> My mind has been scattered too much lately. I've been very unhappy with myself and my program. Honestly, I've let myself down by not staying focused and staying true to my goals or myself. Now is the time to change that. There is NEVER a better time than NOW: <BR> <BR> Let me begin by Changing & refocusing my goals. <BR> <BR> I just posted my goals in my Lovely Limes team. Here is what I posted. <BR> <BR> My top 3 goals for the Spring c... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:32:04 EST Day 198 of 365 Days to transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880707 My good friend Nan has been on me to post a blog. She said "long or short" post! So, here I am. <BR> <BR> Things are going well. We just finished up our BL Winter Freeze Off challenge. We ended up #10 for the overall challenge. That is an all-time low for my Lovely Limes team family. We're not going to stress it though. The new challenge is the SPRING INTO SHAPE challenge and that's exactly what we're going to do. All of the invitations have been sent out & we're just waiting on 4 members t... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:07:12 EST Day 169 of 365 Days to transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861607 A good friend (and diet coach) called me out on not blogging and not being "present" on the teams & SparkPeople in general. Isn't it funny that time just seems to fly by us sometimes. I come onto SparkPeople daily. I pride myself in getting over 100 SparkPoint every day. Since joining SparkPeople in May 2009, I have only missed 2 days logging in. I am ALWAYS here. The problem is that while I track my food & fitness daily & read lots of articles, post to folks blogs, check up on my teams.... I... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:50:47 EST Day 150 of 365 days Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847119 365 Days of Transforming Dawn...continued: <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I chose to stay home from work & got my friend Paula to substitute for me. I didn't make excuses, just asked her to do it and she agreed. This helped me to be more honest with myself and with her. I feel good about that. I spent time working on my talk for tomorrow. At first I was uncomfortable about the message because of it's content. It deals with the very sensitive subject of incest. My woman's group at church is ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:32:07 EST Day 149 of 365 days Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846188 365 Days of Transforming Dawn...continued: <BR> <BR> Now that the Picture blogs are over & I have had a break, I will return to my count-down blogs... however, I am going to be a little bit different with it now. First of all, I have changed some of the daily goals to better fit where I am today. This will help me & while I want to share the journey with all of you, helping myself is what this is all about. A good Spark friend posted this "mantra" for herself & I have embraced it.... <BR> ~~... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:46:23 EST More catch up: Spark the Season days 30&31 and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843875 Once again I've gotten behind. I'm doing my best to catch everything up, reset trackers, get my head together and light my spark up again. <BR> <BR> Day 30: RESOLUTIONS <BR> <BR> I don't have a picture for this. Then again, maybe I do: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542622235.jpg"> <BR> One of the Lovely Limes team family encouraged us to: spend 30 minutes for reflection and self love today. <BR> This picture makes me think of a pathway to the unknown, to heave... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:46:20 EST Playing catch up:SPARK THE SEASON days 20-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840618 I'm in a lot of pain so I am going to make this as fast as I can. My pain blocker shot has worn off. <BR> <BR> Day 20: WORKOUT <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559193290.jpg"> <BR> Water Aerobics is always my workout of choice, this is one of the classes I teach <BR> <BR> Day 21: COMFY <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132585310.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I was hurting pretty bad so had to move to my "daughter"'s couch. This is not a flattering pose... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:32:44 EST yeah right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838882 Okay. I admit that I have fallen behind again. I will post my entries for 20-to date sometime tomorrow. I have one more blanket to complete by Sunday & it's only half-way done. I need to get on the stick. I went back to work & worked 2 hours this morning. My van broke down yesterday and I am having to bum rides to work for myself and the other 3 working people in the household. Christmas was good for the children. I posted lots of pictures. Thanks to Angel Tree & the generous hearts of church... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:56:30 EST Day 16-19, Spark the Season challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835381 Day 16: Decorations <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234577450.jpg"> <BR> Last year the children made Gingerbread houses at church to use as decorations. Trust me, this is NOT one of the ones that they made. It was the example. They had a wonderful time & I had fun watching them. <BR> <BR> Day 17: Lunch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754551361.jpg"> <BR> My favorite lunches are with friends or family. We eat lunch out fairly often. My... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:38:43 EST Day 15, Spark the Season challenge: MEMORIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833838 Today's (truthfully, it's yesterday's...I'm always behind lately) blog is on Memories. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965528840.jpg"> <BR> I had a friend make a comparison picture so that I could REMEMBER where I have been & where I am now. Remembering helps me stay focused. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474522958.jpg"> <BR> Pictures help me to keep clear memories of events that I attend...especially family birthdays etc. <BR... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:36:38 EST Day #12-14 Spark the Season - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833284 Day 12: COOKIES <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136710750.jpg"> <BR> When I was a little girl, I remember helping my mom make Christmas cookies in the kitchen. She would let me put on one of her aprons. We would decorate them with colored sugar. That is a good childhood memory. My favorite cookie is the peanut butter blossoms that my Aunt Ella would send us at Christmas. They are peanut butter cookies rolled in sugar & baked in a ball... just as they are pulled ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:14:44 EST Day #11- Spark the Season - Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831498 I already know that I am going to get a LOT of flack about this one. We are supposed to post a picture of Breakfast... oh boy.... <BR> <BR> MOST days my breakfast is either <em>22</em> Cheese...either cheese stix or cubes of colby/jack OR a couple of tablespoons of Peanut Butter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763111569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am always in a hurry to get to the pool. I teach 2 or 3 hours straight most mornings. If I were to eat more than that I wo... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:25:12 EST Day #10- Spark the Season - HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831492 This blog is for Dec 10th. I am supposed to post pictures of HOME. I don't really have any pictures of my house... HOME is with my family... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385801763.jpg"> <BR> This is some of the grandchildren in my kitchen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692607764.jpg"> <BR> This is my husband, Paul, on our front porch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321517990.jpg"> <BR> These a... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:15:18 EST Day #9- Spark the Season - snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830608 I don't have a picture of things that I snack on. The closest that I could to it is the emoticons. I eat fruits (sparingly) and vegetables when I snack. I'm on a low/no carb food plan, so I don't snack often.... when I do, it's more likely to be vegetable. Today I ate raw cauliflower....but it was actually my lunch. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>48... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:20:23 EST Day #8- Spark the Season - BEST PART OF WINTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829951 This one is difficult for me to make a decision about. There is so much that I love about winter. Christmas. Christmas lights. SNOW. The way the sky is so clear during the winter, the stars look so clear and awesome. This is NOT a picture that I have taken but one that I saw & saved because it meant so much to me & was so clearly beautiful in content... meaning & view <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408765393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've had a good day despite a terrib... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:17:04 EST Day #7- Spark the Season - FAVORITE TIME OF DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829298 Today's SPARK THE SEASON is to post pictures of my Favorite Time of Day. Truth be told, I don't have a particular favorite time of day. My favorite time is ANY TIME of day that I am spending time with my grandchildren. Being a Grandmama is the best thing that ever happened to me. Here are some pictures of my precious grandchildren & times that we have spent together. I look forward to having pictures of my newest granddaughter, Evalysce, in the near future. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:35:08 EST Day #6- Spark the Season - TO DO LIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828858 Most of you know that I keep a daily TO DO LIST of the 365 days of transforming Dawn. Just because I have been doing this new Spark the Season, does NOT mean that I have not been keeping my TO DO LIST... Here it is: <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily Positive Quote: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily FOR TODAY reading: ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:20:04 EST Day #5- Spark the Season - HOMEMADE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828346 Today we are asked to share pictures of something HOMEMADE. Since I am making ALL of the holiday gifts that I am giving this year. It's not hard for me to find some pictures. I have promised folks that before I give them away, I WILL post pictures of everything so that you can see it. In the meantime: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1216580651.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of my granddaughter, Aurora, modeling the afghan that I called my SUNSHINY afghan. It's for my gr... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:48:06 EST Day #4- Spark the Season - WINTER BEAUTY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827791 In Feb of this year we had the first big snow that we've had here in ages. Certainly it was more snow than any of my grandchildren had ever seen. For me, Winter Beauty always means SNOW. MORE BEAUTIFUL to me is to see my loved ones/family having fun in the snow. What is more beautiful than FAMILY, LOVE & SNOW? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912421561.jpg"> <BR> This is my son & his wife & children having snowball fights & building a snowman <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:34:54 EST Day #3- Spark the Season - MORNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827064 I start most of my mornings (6 out of 7) at the Y pool teaching either swim lessons or water aerobics classes. This is one of my water aerobic classes, 9am. <BR> There is nothing better than starting off the day with a good exercise class & lots of friendly faces getting healthy & having fun together! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947681672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just an FYI on the rest of my life.... everything is going well. My de-clutter project is moving... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:48:55 EST Day 2, Spark the Season, Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826589 It is our family tradition for my immediate family (husband, son & his wife & kids) to get together Christmas morning and open family presents together. We ALWAYS get a Grandmama & grandchildren picture together. I cherish these pictures. Here is the picture from last Christmas. It was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646351942.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:47:48 EST Day 1, Spark the Season challenge: LIGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826574 This is a picture of my bestest sunshiny neighbor friend, JUDY. This picture was taken last Christmastime when I was in Tidewater visiting. This was a really pretty tree with awesome lights that was at a restaurant that we visited. I love Christmas lights. Just didn't have many pictures of any. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737287361.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:21:34 EST Stepping away from Transformation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826573 My dear Sister Friend, "Be-THE-CHANGE", is doing this picture challenge & has suggested that others join her. I am going to do it. This is just the introduction post. I'm going to find some pictures & play catch up since I'm a day behind. <BR> <BR> I will still be doing my transformation work... but just won't be stressing it for the month of Dec. I love the idea of doing something new "to me". <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553625755.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:14:59 EST Days 109 & 110, Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823831 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! <BR> <BR> This blog is for Tues & Wed. I will come back tonight to post my Thanksgiving Blog. Actually is it partially for Monday too because I had ment to come back & post Monday night but I didn't make it back. <BR> <BR> Both Monday & Tuesday I got a LOT more de-cluttering done & am beginning to feel quite happy with the results. Unfortunately I overdid it a bit and my back said "STOP" by Tuesday night. The rest of the family are still not jumping on board so it's a... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:12:06 EST Days 107 & 108, Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822208 This blog is for Sunday, Day 107... but it is written on Monday, Day 108. I hope to come back this evening and write more. <BR> <BR> Sunday was very nice. I enjoyed a wonderful church service based on being Thankful & having an attitude of gratitude. To be honest, I strive for that attitude in my life daily. However, I recognize that I must put forth more effort with it. I look forward to the day when I am just naturally thankful for all that I am given & all that I am. After church I went ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:11 EST Day 106, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821206 Today I am NOT going to post the whole "key" and go through the motions. I am still on task of transforming Dawn. That having been said, maybe my transformation is occurring in different ways than I expected. I have discovered that I am very unhappy with many things in my personal & physical life. The more that I transform, the harder it is to be "okay" with the clutter & mess around me. My friend Alice talks about "voluntary simplication". I have started working on that. My physical limitati... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:10:10 EST Day 102, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818998 Monday's blog... <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I fell asleep last night before I had posted this. I had done all the "daily" stuff & saved it. However, I saved it so that I could give you my "report of the day" later. I was so tired that I just fell asleep. Missed my tv shows & fell asleep with my crochet hook in my hand. LOL <BR> <BR> Monday was a pretty good day. I finished that afghan and started working on a shawl. I rested most of the day because I felt so nausiated. The pain blocker is star... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:56:25 EST Days 98-101, 365 days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817952 It's been a busy several days and I am behind on my blogging. I am not going to go into it all. I've been getting in as much exercise as I am allowed & able to do. I have been dealing with a lot of emotional upheavals. Mine are certainly not as difficult as several of my friends are dealing with.. but they are mine & I feel out of control & totally chaotic. <BR> <BR> Today was my granddaughter's 14th birthday. I was able to spend it with both of my sons, Michael & George. Their buddy, Eddie... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:25:49 EST Days 96&97, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815867 You're just going to have to take my word for it... I'm doing alright. I had a nice long (2day) blog all set & ready to post when my computer updated & bam it was gone. Very frustrating. Just know that I am working out when I can & resting when I should. I have been getting a lot of my crocheting done. I'm almost finished with my last children's afghan. It's in red & black for Kaydon. Then I'll start working on the adults in my life. <BR> My neck MRI is set for next Thursday evening. I get a... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:41:00 EST Days 94-95, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814547 Sunday was a good day. I went to church and enjoyed a good service on being prepared. The remainder of the day I rested & finished the the Pink & Purple afghan for Aurora. It felt good to be finished. Paul & I got to watch a lot of our shows. It was a nice relaxing day. <BR> Today I did my first session of Aqua therapy in the heated pool. I started out at a 5 pain level. The work in the shallow end pushed me to a solid 8 knocking on 9's door. The deep end work put me back at a 5. After my pt ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:36:25 EST Days 91-93, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813248 This blog is covering 3 days worth of events. I am only going to do the goals chart for TODAY instead of going over each day. It's been a crazy couple of days and I am not wanting to get too carried away on the minutae of the goal chart. Instead I want to just talk about the things that have been going on. <BR> <BR> Thursday Kaydon & I did a lot of "catch up" work on his homeschool subjects. I am so grateful that we are finally getting a routine rolling. Thursday was also my "weigh day" wit... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:45:00 EST Day 90, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811589 Today has been pretty much a slow day. I have gotten a lot of crocheting done. I have been staying in my room most of the day. I'm hurting quite a bit so I am trying to take it easy. My appointment is on Friday morning and I will be glad to be there. Time to go watch Criminal Minds. Bright blessings to you all. <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn:... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:33:58 EST Days 88 & 89, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810940 This is for 2 days because I was just "out of it" yesterday. Sorry. <BR> My initial appointment with the Physical Therapist was yesterday. It went well. Assuming that things go as planned, I will be working out in the pool on Monday & then can do 1hr 15 mins per day in the pool. Woohoo. I am hoping to do it during my regular class time so that I can teach at least 1 class per day. That will help my bankaccount. The pain is still rough. I got a call from the Spine doctor to come back on Frida... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:16:18 EST Day 87, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809568 Today has been a rough day. I am hurting a lot. I have sent a message to both my personal doctor & my spine doctor. Something has to give. My first PT meeting will be tomorrow at 8:45am. (aqua therapy) I am not sure if I will be able to go because I can not take 40 steps without wanting to scream. That's the distance from my room to the bathroom. By the time I am sitting down there, I am crying. I cannot stand as long as a minute. No more complaints. I'll shut up now. <BR> I have gotten a lo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:32:17 EST Day 86, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808991 Today has been a very hard day. I am in more pain that ever before. The walk to the bathroom makes me cry. I am staying at rest as much as possible. I begged my family to do the driving of one another for me because getting in & out of the van & walking up that little hill to it are excruciating for me. My food is good. I did a reset of all my trackers and I SERIOUS about staying on track for the remainder of the year. I need to lose 13 pounds to make it to my goal for the year.... I WILL SUC... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:07:45 EST Day 85, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808441 Today was Halloween. Happy Halloween. It was my 7th anniversary, to a wonderful man. I'm blessed. I've burn hurting very bad today. It was a busy day & I had to maintain. Did homeschooling, fixed meatballs for the party tonight, took the grandkids trick-or-treating (Paul walked them around), went to a party at our best friend's house with the kids in tow. Now I am home, over tired, hurting so badly that I am fighting back the tears. Tomorrow starts the NEW HARD CORE DAWN!!!! I'm joining my se... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:26:37 EST Day 84, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808159 Thursday, hurting, depressed, did too much, ate too much <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn: none...I'm so fed up with DAWN these days <BR> <BR> Daily Positive Quote: <em>248</em> "A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily FOR TODAY reading: <em>248</em> reminders NOT to debate ever... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:51:57 EST Day 83, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807494 This blog is for the 29th. I was just not in the mood to blog last night. My doctor appointment went fine. I really REALLY liked the spine doctor. He was very positive and upbeat. He was very complimentary of my weight loss. He stressed that I should not be discouraged. The news was not what I had hoped. The spine is worse than we thought to begin with. He feels that surgery is imminent but that encouraged me to feel upbeat & now stress. His course of action is to treat the problem FIRST: aqu... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:41:53 EST Day 82, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806653 Today has been okay. I'm stressed out of my mind over my appointment tomorrow. Heck, I'm not really stressed. I'm scared. I've been crocheting. I was blessed to get a ride set up. I'll get up at 5:30am & we'll leave before 6:30am. I'll post my news tomorrow night. Prayers appreciated. Off to bed now. Thanks for being here for me. <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 pos... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:36:37 EST Day 81, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806049 Today has been stressful. My good friend, Selda, has had a serious heart issue & is in the hospital in the next county over from us. (no one wants to be in the hospital here) I'm worried. Please pray if you will. On top of being worried about her, now I am worried about how I am going to get to my spine doctor appointment on Wednesday as she was my ride. My van won't go that far (I don't think) It's 1.5 hours one way. I never drive out of our county. Oh well.... it will all work out. I've wai... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:48:52 EST Day 80, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805690 Yesterday was a good day. Relaxing. Basically I did nothing but crochet. Paul went to the race. Becca (my DIL) painted my toes in Halloween decor. I love them. I got to do a video chat with my Serious Sisters and that has really helped me to feel better about myself, my plan & doing a reboot. Time for me to get a grip on myself before I head down the slipperly slope so that I don't end up falling down & going backwards. THIS is the time of year that I always stumble & fall. I WILL NOT do it t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:29:56 EST Day 79, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804795 Today has been nice. Relaxing. Taught myself a new stitch & am making a new baby afghan with it. I really like it. My son likes it too & asked me to make him one using this stitch. LOL He likes it because his TOES can't fit through the weave. LOL. My friend Amy picked me up this evening & took me out to dinner. We had a nice time. Tomorrow my DH will be at the race track. YEP... Martinsville Short Track race. Paul loves to go. I hope that it's a good race. I'll go to church & then watch fro... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:56:45 EST Day 78, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804256 Today has been a really good day. Aurora & I watched some tv together this morning while I crocheted. I had a 3-way phone call with my boss & a friend of hers that is trying to get me involved with something called Advocare. I think that it is another weight loss gimmick. I don't see me getting involved but it's my boss so I listened & thanked her for thinking of me. Then I was treated out to lunch with my good friend Melissa... came home & did some more crocheting & homeschooling. Had a nice... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:41:03 EST Day 77, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803662 Today has been a long day. I really didn't do anything other than homeschool & crochet. I did watch Frozen with Aurora. I've watched a few weird movies. Gotta love Halloween season. I posted a Throw-Back-Thursday picture on FB. I usually don't do that. I'm tired of waiting. I'm tired of hurting. I'm tired of staying at home. I'm tired of living the way that we do. I was reading other people's blogs today. I like some of their ideas. Maybe I should get a grip on myself. Anyway... it's late & I... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:21:36 EST Day 76, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803302 Today was a pretty good day. I drove my son to work then came home & napped a bit. Then I got a call from my OA Friend, Selda. She took me out to an early lunch & we had a mini-meeting. She is recovering from surgery and just wanted to chit-chat. That was nice. She also ran into Walmart for me. She was going to pick up some yarn for me. Needless to say, they let me down. Okay, I'm going crazy. I bought some Red Heart yarn, Mulberry Mix E300_3972 on Monday at my local Walmart. When we Went bac... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:09:34 EST Day 75, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802478 Today has been a pretty good day. I continue to watch crazy Horror marathons. I love October because I am a serious Horror Film freak. I finished the fringe on my latest shawl & began working on a really pretty afghan for my newest granddaughter due in Dec. I like the yarn so much that I am going to get some more & make something for myself out of it. It's BEAUTIFUL. Took Aurora to dance class. She had fun. A friend had left me some dance clothes for her. That's a great blessing. Still didn't... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:26:21 EST