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/ Picture Blog: Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012382 Day 12 – A picture that defines you <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0765a2e3-1590-4ec3-8573-31ff7f61e318.JPG"> <BR> There are many pictures that I could have posted that would fit this bill... WHY?... I have a LOT of pictures of me & the water with my grandchildren. I would have to say that my two most definable states are GRANDMAMA and DAWNWATERWOMAN. When I am able to be BOTH, then I am as close to Heaven as I can get. <BR> <BR> Today was one of those days. I don'... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 22:00:06 EST Picture Blog: Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011869 Day 11 - A picture of your music playing device on shuffle, and then list the first 10 songs that play <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d838d2e8-c071-4c4d-88f8-0d009438ea13.jpg"> <BR> Hungry Like A Wolf, Duran Duran <BR> Run Through the Jungle, CCR <BR> Ironic, Alannis Morrisette <BR> Love Comes Quickly, The Pet Shop Boys <BR> Rock You Like A Hurricane, Scorpions <BR> Angie Baby, Helen Reddy <BR> Constant Craving, k.d.lang <BR> Crazy, Seal <BR> Psycho, Puddle of Mud <BR>... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 22:33:21 EST Picture Blog: Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011149 Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26491fe6-a76b-44f2-8d05-033d2c9e1277.JPG"> <BR> You're seen her before... this is my Sunshiny, bestest, neighbor friend JUDY. She & I met when our children were little & in dance class together. We lived next door to one another for a little more than 6 years, thanks to her introducing me to the man who owned the house next door to hers. She lives in Norfolk VA & we don't get to see one another ne... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:47:10 EST Picture Blog: Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010674 Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37db3001-8a0b-4973-be4a-5c6f0b4dfb41.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9f400da-cc14-43a3-86ef-8faf8b8c45bb.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33a9001a-5be7-4f8a-9dc2-ff839c000398.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcf5ccc6-dbcc-4587-8016-30c7cb48cf39.JPG"> <BR> <BR> These pictures were taken today. These are the First Grade swim ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:19:47 EST Picture Blog: Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009888 Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0033039-2676-4102-a140-4b883996c9b0.JPG"> <BR> Not the best picture but I LOVE PURPLE. Purple is my all time favorite color. I joined the red hats because they love purple too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06c7d7d5-7082-43fe-b4df-db105fd33d29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am not feeling well. I taught the first grade swim lessons and now am home. I have been doing a lot ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:31:53 EST Picture Blog: Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009388 Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c4390c6-d929-4b2c-9164-0d6567fe245a.JPG"> <BR> When I was thinking about this question, at first I thought that I don't really care a bit about "things" and "stuff". I asked my husband what he thought my most prized possession was & he said "ME". LOL. I had to laugh about that because it was what I was thinking too! LOL. So.... we both sat & thought about it awhile. Then, I was looking at m... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:51:14 EST Picture Blog: Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008759 Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day <BR> <BR> I have really thought about this. There is no person that I would like to trade places with for a day. I am happy with my life. I love my husband, my family, my job... I really can't think of anyone that I would rather be. So.... there is no picture for me to post. <BR> <BR> It has been a very rainy & quiet day. I didn't go to work. I didn't exercise. It's my grandson's 11th birthday. We watched a couple of... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:36:07 EST Picture Blog: Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008249 A picture of my favorite animal: Hippopotamus <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50a7d3f5-ec0f-4007-b999-316c2d2998b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have always loved Hippos. I would have to say that my 2nd favorite animal is the RAVEN (or even crows). <BR> <BR> My favorite "fantasy" animals are Dragons. I have Tiamat, queen of the dragons tattooed on my back. She has 5 heads, one for each color of the dragons. (black, white, red, green & blue) It's an old tattoo & you can't really ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:51:34 EST Picture Blog: Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007664 Post a picture of your favorite show Cast. This one is REALLY hard for me. I really like a lot of shows. I am VERY fond of crime dramas. I do my best not to miss my shows. I DVR a LOT of them. Criminal Minds, all the CSI's, NCIS's, Scorpion, Once Upon a Time, the Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Elementary, Hawaii 5-0, Grimm, Blue Bloods, Bones... the list goes on... but I have found a new show (well, it's going into the 3rd season) that I have FALLEN IN LOVE WITH. I could binge watch it over & ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:32:58 EST Picture Blog: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006893 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82345577-2662-4a42-bfc8-dd719159abb3.jpg"> This is a picture of my "Martinsville Grandchildren" with my Husband Paul & I. Today's picture is "what motivates you to lose weight". My grandchildren & husband motivate me to lose weight because I want to live a long healthy life to spend as much time as possible with them. Paul likes to travel & play the tourist (he's from Wales & has only been in the US about 8 years..we haven't been to many places... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:50:51 EST Picture Blog: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006439 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18b13ae7-25d3-4cc6-9cff-73614a063c9b.JPG"> This is my best "sunshiney neighbor" friend, Judy Lorensen. <BR> <BR> It took me awhile to make a decision about this picture. I am still in contact with my best friend from 3rd grade, Donna Dunai. However, we are only in contact via the internet. The last time that we were together was 1980. I am also in contact with my dear sister/friend Elsa Shroads with whom I have been friends since we met at ch... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:06:11 EST Picture Blog: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005683 Today I am supposed to post a recent picture of myself. Gosh, I hate pictures of myself. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/071fa908-c67c-41b5-819a-cfc0c258d2d3.jpg"> <BR> This picture was taken as a part of family pictures that we had done recently. <BR> <BR> Do you have a bad time finding pictures of yourself that you can stand to look at? I really hate to see myself. Mirrors are bad. Pictures are bad. Every time I look at myself I see the elephant woman. Maybe it's a ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:30:04 EST Why being a LOVELY LIME team family member is helping me to meet my goals...and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005219 I am blessed to be the team leader of a wonderful BLC Team Family, the Lovely Limes. This team has become precious to me and a huge part of my life here on SparkPeople. The love, support, encouragement and accountability that I find there is amazing. It is absolutely a major part of my success in reaching my goals. That and the fact that as a leader I would feel horrible if I let my team family down by NOT meeting my own goals. I like to lead by example. Hopefully, I am doing my best to help ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:27:20 EST I AM GRATEFUL FOR SPARK PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991534 Today I am thinking about how blessed that I am to have found Spark People. <BR> <BR> When I came to SparkPeople in May 2009, I weighed over 460 pounds. I'm not sure WHAT I actually weighed because the doctor scale that I was using didn't go higher than that. I know that I was wearing a 6x in most clothes and that I was in a wheel chair most of the time because my body wouldn't support my weight. I felt as if there was little to no hope for me. <BR> <BR> A friend that I had met online in... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 13:40:47 EST Where am I today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981352 I would have to say that the past couple of weeks have been a combination of AWESOME & AWFUL. I suppose it's that way for many of us. Life has its up and downs. That is what keeps things for getting boring and keeps us plodding along. <BR> <BR> My dear Sister/Friend had her surgery at the beginning of the month & I was worried sick about her. Happily she went through it well & is recovering a bit more every day. <BR> <BR> My son got a new job and quit the new job within a weeks time. It is... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:24:26 EST Changing things up.... & Making AUGUST KINDNESS month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975381 Yesterday I decided to STOP being frustrated and to change things up. It's time to get things in gear. I sat & worked out a color coded chart for ME. I always have my classes & the things that I do for others posted on my charts but I never remember (or take the time) to post time for DAWN. It occurs to me that part of LOVING DAWN HEALTHY is taking care of myself. It means changing up my exercise and food plans every now and then. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up early. At 5:30am I was in th... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:26:13 EST 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