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/ Emotional eating revisted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408954 Interesting how things happen. Coincidence? I don't think so. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was speaking of emotional eating and dealing with stress. Today's SparkCoach program had a video focused on emotional and stress eating. I found it very interesting. Really nothing that I have not already heard before. However, the fact that it came right after having written an emotion ridden blog yesterday, I found it important. I made sure to take the time to really listen to the advice therein and to pon... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 08:49:47 EST How do I know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408622 The question on Spark Coach today was "If scales didn't exist, how would I know that I am healthy?" That seems like a crazy question for me. However, I am really in a dark place about my weight & weight loss lately so maybe this will help me. <BR> <BR> Weight... weight loss... diet.... healthy living.... these things seem to take up more of my time than they need to. One would think that you could just set a goal for yourself, eat within the caloric range, exercise and POOF! You would reach... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:25:35 EST Are you looking for a challenge this fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393171 If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment with 10 teams of 24 members each. Main requirements are to weigh in each week and do the inter team challenges (ITC's). Our inter team challenges consist of fitness and nutrition. They are very helpful in losing the weight and inches and it's fun to compete with other teams for points. Individual teams might have mini challenges of ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:26:57 EST WHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383684 Why do we eat what we know that we shouldn't? I did so well yesterday breakfast & lunch. On the picnic I ate watermelon because I had a big breakfast. Everyone else had fried chicken and all the fixins. No worries. THEN... last night while we were watching the fireworks on our DVR, Becca served up chili cheese hot dogs. Now... I have been making sure that EVERYONE knows that I am hard core committed to my losing weight. She brought me a plate with 4 chili cheese dogs AND french fries. I gave ... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:03:47 EST Moving Right Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382911 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae920d16-3996-45da-8e5a-efe23f29507d.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ba4deb6-0c0f-4305-a5ff-6b19dea1f8e1.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9543bb6b-ed4a-447d-bf58-2c6d54d4f09c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34296e70-fd75-432a-9072-20411ac6c941.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9079b719-368c-4bb1-b3b3-d6e46c43b153.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:21:04 EST Pushing Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381582 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5862dbe6-48e9-4806-882e-c5d59c8dc708.JPG"> <BR> This is the group of children that we were teaching at the Elks Club pool the past 2 weeks. The adults in the picture are some of my "Angel Helpers" Michele, Blanche & my son Michael. We had a great last day. We let the children, that wanted to, go down the slide that you can see in the back ground. The rest did the regular super hero jumps with me. It was a fun time. This was a great group of kid... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:55:56 EST Praying for Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380854 The entire world needs Peace. I pray for peace throughout the world daily. So much violence, terrorism, hatred, starvation, natural disasters, diseases.... it seems that there has never been peace in the world and maybe there never will be. I pray for it anyway. More than that, I pray for love and kindness to heal the world and the hearts of those in it. If everyone could just be kinder, the world would be a better place. <BR> <BR> My home needs peace. Last night was like World War 3. I am ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:34:35 EST Change is hard.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380383 Something that I have learned is that Change is HARD. Not only is it hard for US as we do our best to follow our food plans and get in those fitness minutes. It is hard for our families and friends. Sometimes they just don't "get it". They continue to offer us "treats" or things that we know are not going to help us on our journey. <BR> <BR> Just yesterday my DIL (yes, still here) suggested that she go get Frostees for the children and I. The truth is that she just wanted to drive my van ar... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:25:40 EST Time to make a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379484 Sometimes I find myself falling into similar patterns that ultimately will lead to my destruction. As an emotional eater, I have to stay aware of those patterns and make a change. Lately, the stress in my house has been pushing every emotional button that I have. A lot of times, I choose not to talk about those things because I realize that there are so many others who have things much worse and I should be focused on all the blessings in my life. <BR> <BR> Believe me, I realize that I am v... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:52:59 EST the Lovely Limes NEED YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364896 I am the leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the LOVELY LIMES. We have room for a couple of members for the Summer Challenge. If you are looking for a small team that is very encouraging, this may be what you want. The teams are private, so what happens on our threads stays on our threads. <BR> <BR> These are the team expectations: <BR> <BR> We compete against 10 other teams to be the Biggest Losing Team over the course of our challenge. The... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:46:01 EST Weigh Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333823 Today is my personal weigh day...and weigh day for the end of Week 1 for my Lovely Limes in the Spring It On BLC. I'm hoping that it is a successful week for everyone. As for myself, it has been a very good & successful week. I managed to stay on task while tracking all my food & fitness. I stayed focused and positive. My caloric range was met OR I stayed below it. I felt really good about the week and was very happy when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw a 3 pound loss. That is not... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:29:07 EST Where does the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331368 This morning as I was taking my medications... it occurs to me that time is just slipping away. It seems as if just yesterday I filled up the weekly medication box and now it's time to fill it up again. How is it that my life passes so quickly that I don't even realize that a week has passed without my faithful medication counter box? TONIGHT... we turn the clocks forward... SPRING IT ON! Just another piece of proof that time is flying by. Funny, when I was little it seemed that time just dr... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:41:36 EST SPRING IT ON... and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330290 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/feefcd98-a318-4c26-8e61-890df4e59557.jpg"> <BR> The BLC SPRING IT ON challenge has begun. Thanks to a dear SparkFriend, WONDER--WOMAN aka Cathe'... our team has a wonderful new SPRING Lime tree for our logo. We are very grateful to her for the hard work that she puts in making these logos and sharing her talent with the BLC community. <BR> <BR> We have posted our weights (many of us) and are all set to begin the Spring challenge. My weight wa... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:30:51 EST Where am I now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309057 It surprised me to realize that I have not written a blog this year. Here it is, Feb 1st and this is my first blog of 2017. It is somewhat sad, because I honestly do better when I am blogging about my life and my feelings. I am encouraging myself to use my blog as a personal journal this year. Today is as good a day to begin as any. I will try not to write about the boring every day things. Instead I hope to write about my feelings and how I am dealing with them. <BR> <BR> It has been a ver... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:03:43 EST HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279666 The last two blogs that I have posted have been an exercise in getting deep down HONEST with myself about my failure for the past year. Gaining 100 pounds is definitely a failure. HOWEVER, it does not make ME a failure. Being honest with myself about WHAT happened, WHEN it happen, WHERE I was emotionally then & now, HOW I am going to change myself to make the improvements that I MUST make to be successful on my journey to the healthiest DAWN that there is... that is what is the most important... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:45:00 EST How does someone gain 100 pounds in a year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278513 How does someone gain 100 pounds in a year? 1 compulsive bite at a time. <BR> <BR> After my blog yesterday, I really did some musing. Yes, I had some triggers around the holidays last year. Yes, I got upset & triggered this Spring. Yes, stress pushes me into the food. My question for myself was WHAT & WHEN was the BIG trigger.... and there it was.... <BR> <BR> Early Summer 2015 I was weighing in at 286. (exactly 100 pounds less than weigh day, yesterday). My knees were hurting so badly tha... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:35:58 EST SPARK THE SEASON.... BLC Winter Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278143 <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Today is WEIGH DAY for the Lovely Limes team family & all of the other teams in the SPARK THE SEASON BLC Winter Challenge. Everyone seems to be excited to get this challenge started. Honestly, it feels like there is more excitement and positivity going on for this challenge then we have had in a long while. Personally, I have been feeling like a real "downer" for most of the year and suddenly I am feeling m... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:19:11 EST Happy Thanksgiving... 11/24... just posted late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272494 Our Thanksgiving was very pleasant and quiet. We started out by watching the Macy's parade. Kaydon, Aurora & I watched it sitting on my bed in our jammies. DH had to work 7am-6pm. I let the children bring their breakfast in & eat it in my bed... a big treat. Later, their mom joined us, with coffee (yay) and we all watched the dog show together. We were very surprised that the Greyhouse won, but that's fine. Then it was time to turn off the tv & get busy. Kaydon went upstairs and played in his... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:38:20 EST November 23, 2016..... a list of things to be grateful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271211 My sister/friend Deb posted this on her blog. I want to share it here because the list is a good one. <BR> <BR> For many, it's been a rough year. Sometimes it's hard to see that we still have many things to be grateful for. I find that this list helps me. <BR> <BR> 1. What are the things you use every day that you are thankful for? <BR> 2. Who are the people in your life you can talk to about anything? <BR> 3. Who are the people in your life who always make you smile? <BR> 4. Who are t... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:38:13 EST November 22, 2016 Preparing for Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270818 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!!! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I'm getting excited about Thanksgiving. This is the first one in our new home. It is also just going to be the 6 of us. No friends, no other relatives. It will be a really nice time. My husband is working 7am-6pm so we will have dinner around 6:30 or 7. It will be nice to sit down as a family & talk about th... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:55:25 EST THANKFUL FOR MY FAMILY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270243 This weekend we celebrated my granddaughter Savannah's Sweet 16 birthday. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67a846ed-8a16-4e75-943b-7a1d792baa9a.JPG"> <BR> She looked so beautiful. When she came out to be "introduced" they played the song, THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE, and I bawled my eyes out. I can't believe that this precious little girl is almost a grown woman. Her daddy was only 16 when I found out that I was going to be a grandmother. WHERE has the time gone? <BR> <img sr... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:12:13 EST Are you looking for a challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263421 For anybody interested in participating in a Biggest Loser challenge, please go to my page and click the BL Fall Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Winter challenge! <BR> <BR> Better yet.....if you'd like to join my team, the LOVELY LIMES, let me know and I'll get you signed up for our team! <BR> <BR> There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge! <BR> Come join in the fun, meet some great people and wo... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:21:03 EST 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