DEE797's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEE797 DEE797'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/ Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718589 posting this blog in preparation for getting back on track. I need to recommitment myself to getting fit and eating healthier. I have revised my goals...as exercise was inconsistent to nonexistent lately. <BR> <BR> ~~ Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment ~~ Begins June 21st <BR> <BR> BEGINNING MEASUREMENTS: <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 187.4 <BR> Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.87 <BR> <BR> Strength Training ~ Using either dvds, Wii Fit Plus, or workouts from magazines/boo... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:17:53 EST 2014 ~ Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578510 This says it all…. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143527167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> from Louise Hays Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:26:00 EST 2013 ~ Good-bye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578398 Time to put 2013 to rest. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Too many life events happened and I got sidetracked along the way. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my fitness goals. I regained <em>15</em> weight that I had kept off for a number of years. <BR> <BR> Not making excuses…just my reality. <BR> <BR> Time to look ahead and make the most of the coming year. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:58:00 EST 30-Day Plank Challenge..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541093 Big <em>304</em> to PALMTREEGIRL1 for originally posting this..... <BR> <BR> I'm posting this as a blog so it doesn't get lost: <BR> <BR> The 30-Day Plank <em>320</em> Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! <BR> <BR> Doing one <em>320</em> in the morning and one <em>320</em> in the evening.... <BR> <BR> 11/14 - Day 1 - 20 seconds <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 11/15 - Day 2 - 20 seconds <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 11/16 - Day 3 - 30 seconds... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:24:49 EST 5001 fitness minutes til Dec. 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525689 Using this blog to track my fitness minutes to stay accountable. Below was taken from my previous blog..... <BR> <BR> Fitness stats: <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes goal: 11,968 for the year <BR> Actual minutes: 6,967 completed as of Oct 23, 2013 <BR> Difference: 5,001 left to reach goal <BR> <BR> Taking that 5,001 and dividing it by the 69 days left in the year = 72.5 minutes per day to meet that fitness goal. I am going to take things one day at a time, but am going to strive to get as cl... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:10:31 EST Truth -- beginning journey again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522704 After several months of upheaval, finding a new place to live, being depressed, packing/moving and now unpacking, needing to look for work, still fighting depression, and not exercising or eating right.....I now weigh more than I did 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> Weight stats: <BR> <BR> December 2006 - weight 189 - started on Biggest Loser Club (left there to come to Spark) <BR> <BR> March 2007 - weight 169 or so - started on SparkPeople.com (got down to 165 or so and kept that off til this year... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:45:08 EST Had to post this.....What a terrible thing to write.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461261 <link>www.ottawacitizen.com/life/cms/binar<BR>y/8808425.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> The above is a link to a letter that was sent to a family of a teenager with autism who is spending the summer at his grandmother's place. <BR> <BR> Another link to the story: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/19/ka<BR>rla-begley-autistic-letter-teen_n_3780<BR>378.html </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:56:03 EST If it's not one thing....it's another...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411527 <BR> Not sure what to do now.....told my dad, whose 83, we were thinking of moving to Austin and he threw me a curveball by saying he didn't think he would be going with us. His reasons.....it is a long drive between Texas and Indiana where his GF lives and the senior center that he does a lot with when he is there. Plus not sure he wants to go through the hassle of changing doctors etc., etc., etc. He did say he will think about it and let us know. Our lease is up Oct 3rd so have been plann... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:51:59 EST Good news, Bad news.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401497 Some things I have been keeping inside for way too long... <BR> <BR> Good news - DD made the last payment on her car in May. Brought the title last week to BMV to have it changed from Indiana to Tennessee and also put car in her name. <BR> <BR> Bad news - while driving to work yesterday someone made a left turn in front of her while she was going through the intersection. You guessed it....they collided. Tow truck driver said in his opinion her car is totalled....other car just has some ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:24:15 EST True Blue - Road Trip blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321618 "To earn an extra 100 miles toward your travel this week, post a blog with your plans for the next seven weeks. This may entail a set of SMART nutrition goals, a description of your plan to gradually increase or maintain a certain level and type of exercise, a list of weekly miles goals, or anything else that will keep you on track through the end of May...and ready to roll for BLC22. " <BR> <BR> My goals for our seven week road trip is to contribute as many miles as I can via cardio, streng... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:17:49 EST BLC Break blog -- Whatcha goina do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306444 As part of our challenge this weekend, we are to blog about what our plans are for the BLC break which begins April 11 and goes through June 4th. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 10-12 glasses of water per day. ** <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies. <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Limit carbs (white pasta, rice, potatoes, and breads) Eat whole grain instead. <BR> <BR> 4. Cardio 30 minutes at least 3x per week. Sun, Tues, and... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:55:52 EST Smile -- cat taking a nap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515808204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this on the internet and couldn't resist sharing it. <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:58:18 EST Some more smiles to share....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592550856.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1048252211.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1311087526.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528227275.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:41:21 EST Smile...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247103 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2089589634.jpg"> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:02:50 EST Another smile to share..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l976985014.jpg"> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:33:30 EST Something to smile about..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244971 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2106465153.jpg"> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:56:29 EST BLC21 - Letter to me at 16yo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223459 A few things I'd like you to know... <BR> <BR> Making good grades and completing college is the best thing you can do for your future self. Find a career/occupation that you really love. Cause moving from job to job is not the way to live your life. <BR> <BR> That high school boyfriend is not the one for you....You will marry your best friend and have two wonderful kids/young adults who will make life fun and interesting every day. <BR> <BR> Make eating healthy foods and exercising a way... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:15:24 EST BLC 20 - Stop Holiday Gain blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144108 As part of our weekend challenge, we have to blog about how we will stay on track throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> Cardio exercise 5-6 days a week for 30-60 minutes <BR> <BR> Do ST 3x a week <BR> <BR> Use past LCW's (last chance workouts) and TNT's (tighten and tones) to mix-up the workouts <BR> <BR> Make healthier food choices <BR> <BR> Stay away from salty and/or sweet snack foods...these are my downfall <BR> <BR> Weigh-in weekly <BR> <BR> Continue to check-in with the SPIES... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:06:26 EST BLC20 -- Mid-Round Slump -- Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106238 Here is a collage I made to help me through the next 6 weeks of the BLC20.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401199522.jpg"> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:11:27 EST BLC20 - Homework - Fav meal is it worth it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070982 For homework this weekend, we had to find out the calorie count of our meal and then figure out how long we would have to exercise to burn off that meal. <BR> <BR> Here Goes: <BR> <BR> Burger King Whopper - 670 calories <BR> Medium French Fries - 410 calories <BR> Medium Chocolate Shake - 760 calories <BR> <BR> Total Calories - 1840 <BR> <BR> Carbs - 241g <BR> Fat - 78g <BR> Trans Fat - 1.5g <BR> Sodium - 1970 mg <BR> Protein - 47g <BR> Sugar - 123g <BR> Saturated Fat - 28g <BR> Cholest... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:51:17 EST BLC20 - Weekend challenge blog w/pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058812 This is the start of BLC20....These pics were taken with my cell phone on September 12, 2012. My starting weight is 172.2 lbs. I plan on changing that over the next 12 weeks. My goals are to stay hydrated, make healthier choices when eating out and also cooking at home, exercising a minimum of 20 minutes six days per week. Participating in the LCW's, TNT's and Weekend Challenges that are an important part of being in the BLC. I will do all of this with the help, support, motivation, and ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:36:37 EST BLC - Round 20 Now Open to Newbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023684 Ready to set some goals and reach them? Then check out the BLC-20. Lots of teams to choose from. Also a fun place to make friends and get in shape. <BR> <BR> <BR> BLC20 NEWBIE / FORMER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! <BR> <BR> Space is limited, so reserve your spot before they are all gone! <BR> <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> Follow the link below and join the Registration Team! The "General Team Discussion Forum" has STEP 1, 2 AND 3 laid out, please READ and REGISTER! Next, check out the TR... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:49:02 EST BLC Summer Break Plan - Whatcha goina do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968291 <em>192</em> I will continue to weigh-in on Wednesdays <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Keep in touch with my SPY team members to hold myself accountable during the break <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Continue to track/journal my food/drinks/exercise <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>344</em> Continue my streak of exercising 6 days out of 7 with both cardio and ST <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Drink my water to stay hydrated and keep things moving <BR> <BR> Favorite Quotes: <BR> <BR> "Stop Talking and Jus... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:22:46 EST BLC 19 ~~ Excuses, Excuses, Challenge - Revisit SMART GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937579 This blog was originally posted at the beginning of the BLC19 round, we have been asked to revisit our inital goals and see how we are doing and have we stayed true to those goals..... (** - represents additions made) <BR> <BR> This is a blog about my goals for the 12 week BLC-19 <BR> <BR> Began April 25th - weight was 177.6 <BR> <BR> Sunday ~~ Cardio <BR> <BR> Monday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Tuesday ~~ LCW (Last Chance Workout) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Wednesday... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:32:39 EST BLC 19 ~~ Excuses, Excuses challenge - Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937538 As part of our weekend challenge, we were asked to create a dream or vision board of things to inspire or motivate us. Here is mine...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875858082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the link to see it at Oprah.com <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.oprah.com/odbimage/db_203<BR>227251_1 </link> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:09:38 EST BLC19 ~~ More Dieting Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930017 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220462460.jpg"> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:53:50 EST BLC19 ~~ Dieting Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960910564.jpg"> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:14:24 EST BLC-19 -- S.M.A.R.T. -- Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857736 This is a blog about my goals for the 12 week BLC-19 <BR> <BR> Began April 25th - weight was 177.6 <BR> <BR> Sunday ~~ Cardio <BR> <BR> Monday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Tuesday ~~ LCW (Last Chance Workout) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Wednesday ~~ Weigh-in and Rest Day <BR> <BR> Thursday ~~ TNT (Tighten n Tone-usually ST) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Friday ~~ Cardio and start of Weekend Challenges <BR> <BR> Saturday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> My goal is... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:46:03 EST BLC Break Pledge Challenge ---- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824371 To keep myself focused during the three week break between BLC18 and BLC19, I have joined the following challenge..... <BR> <BR> BLC BREAK PLEDGE CHALLENGE - 4/4/12 - 4/24/12 <BR> <BR> For this challenge, you will pledge to do the following… <BR> <BR> Complete a certain number of intentional fitness minutes each week during the break (minimum pledge = 70 minutes per week). 10 pts to be earned <BR> <BR> Eat a certain number of vegetables servings each week during the break (minimum pledge... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 10:14:25 EST BLC-18 results and What to do during the break.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819991 This round was a good one for me. I enjoyed all the Challenges, TNT's, and LCW's (last chance workouts). I think the Team Leaders and Admin did a fantastic job in making this round interesting and fun as well as keeping in mind how each of us needs to step out of our comfort zone and do things we thought we couldn't. I did pretty well during BLC-18, My goal was to lose 10 lbs and I lost 11.8 lbs and 7.25 inches overall. <BR> <BR> My plan for the three week break: Keep on the doing what... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 09:58:46 EST Murder at Costco...... ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790935 Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife with himself as the beneficiary and then arranging to have her killed. <BR> <BR> A 'friend of a friend' Put him in touch with a nefarious dark-side underworld figure who went by the name of 'Artie.' Artie explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $10,000. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Husband said he was w... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:21:54 EST Some of my favorite Quotes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781016 Some of my favorite quotes: <BR> <BR> “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” <BR> ¯ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> "Nothing changes if nothing changes." ~Tiago Kulaif <BR> <BR> "Do everything you can to help yourself because you are the only one who knows what you need and cares enough to provide it." - PALMTREEGIRL1 (here on Spark) <BR> <BR> "The most powerful tool we have for changing our environment is our ability to change ourselves." - Stephanie Matthews-Simo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:19:05 EST TRANSFORM -- Lifestyle Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710400 Transform - verb - change in structure, appearance, or character <BR> <BR> I want to go from this <em>15</em> to this <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I want to be strong and have muscles <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> To become these things I need to exercise and eat right. Well I have the exercise part down pretty well. It's the eating right and staying in calorie range that I have trouble with. <BR> <BR> It's been an up and down journey so far, in December 2006 I weighed 189, by March 2007 I wei... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:13:24 EST Another Smile to share...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699302 Agreeable Husband <BR> <BR> Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. <BR> <BR> MAN: "Hello" <BR> <BR> WOMAN: "Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" <BR> <BR> MAN: "Yes" <BR> <BR> WOMAN: "I am at the shop now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?" <BR> <BR> MAN: "Sure, go ahead if yo... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:23:40 EST Getting over the Mountain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698313 Got this in an email and it spoke to me...... <BR> <BR> When you must get over the mountain, you've got to begin to climb. Much effort will be required, and the sooner you start to climb the sooner you'll reach the other side. <BR> <BR> Just because the task is difficult is no reason to avoid it. Just because the odds are stacked against you is no reason to back away. While you're complaining that things are too unfair, complicated or overwhelming, they generally become even more so. Bette... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:29:53 EST A smile to share..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695512 Heaven..... <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. <BR> <BR> They saw her and began calling greetings to her. <BR> <BR> "Hello - How are you! <BR> <BR> We've been waiting for you! <BR> <BR> Good to see you." <BR> <BR> When Saint Peter came by, t... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:45:31 EST Need some Inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678382 Here's something I found on the internet. <BR> <BR> If you are not sure that ST (strength training) is for you. Need some inspiration or motivation to continue with your plan, then check out the link below. This Lady is so inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link>vitality.yahoo.com/video-second-act-<BR>ernestine-shepherd-25498999 </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:22:26 EST Gained 20+ lbs back and my crazy life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662571 Emotional blog.......needed to get all of this out of my system.... <BR> <BR> I believe I have been suffering from depression for the last year or so. Life has been an uphill battle at times. I've felt overwhelmed, anxious, and at times I have no emotions at all...except being tired and fatigued all the time. Most days I just want to pull the covers over my head and sleep. Instead I have several family members who depend on me. So each day....I get up and go through the motions. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:16:13 EST Those who love you..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657098 Those who love you..... <BR> <BR> If anyone should hurt you and say a thing unkind, <BR> Remember what I tell you and keep these things in mind, <BR> <BR> For every one who makes you cry, there are three who make you smile, <BR> That smile will last a long, long time, and the tear a little while! <BR> <BR> If someone says a thing that's cruel, don't let it get to you, <BR> there's so much good about you, and your faults are very few. <BR> <BR> Don't let someone who hates the world cause ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:04:53 EST 2012 ~ Goals to a healthier me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654766 Goals for 2012: <BR> <BR> Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Eat 4 or more servings of freggies per day <em>140</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - mix it up as needed <BR> <BR> ~ Do strength training at least 2x per week <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> ~ Do cardio at least 3x per week <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Do better with tracking both food and exercise here on Spark. <em>252</em> <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:15:05 EST Something funny to share...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653865 A fellow, who had spent his whole life in the desert, comes to visit a friend. He'd never seen a train or the tracks they run on. <BR> <BR> While standing in the middle of the railroad tracks one day, he hears this whistle -- Whooee DA Whoee! -- but doesn't know what it is. <BR> <BR> Predictably, he's hit and is thrown to the side of the tracks. It was only a glancing blow, so he was fortunate to receive some minor internal injuries, a few broken bones, and some bruises. <BR> <BR> After... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:05:02 EST For my SparkFamily of Friends...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634115 Just a short blog to Wish you and yours..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Hanukkah! <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> and a very Happy and Healthy New Year! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Also to say, Thanks for supporting, motivating, lifting me up when I was down, and continuing to inspire me along this journey. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I think you are all..... <em>... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:07:33 EST Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587036 Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.... <BR> <BR> An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and said: "I understand you're a very wise man. I'd like to know the secret of life." <BR> <BR> The old man looked down at the youngster and replied: "I've thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words. <BR> <BR> "The first is think. Think about the values you wish to live your life by. <BR> <BR> "The second is ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:58:34 EST Sweet Tea and me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576869 My Ode to Sweet Tea…..and why we must part….. <BR> <BR> Sweet Tea, Oh Sweet Tea…How do I love thee? <BR> Let me count the ways…. <BR> <BR> I love you in the morning, I love you in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and especially at… <BR> <BR> O’Charleys, Perkins, IHOP, TGI Friday’s, Red Lobster, Chili’s, <BR> McDonald’s, Shane’s (BBQ place in GA), Mellow Mushroom, <BR> Soulfish, Partner’s Pizza (GA) <BR> <BR> And a dozen or so another restaurants I’m sure, as these are the ones ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 18:59:27 EST Something to share - Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568011 An elderly woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist "Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and a gold Rolex." <BR> "But you're not wearing any of those things," said the artist. <BR> <BR> "I know," she said. "It's in case I die before my husband. I'm sure he'll remarry right away, and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry." <BR> <BR> -- Anonymous <BR> <BR> They Walk Among Us! <BR> --------------------... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:07:16 EST Smile for today: You're Drinking too much coffee...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557158 You’re Drinking Too Much Coffee When: <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> You ski uphill. <BR> <BR> You speed walk in your sleep. <BR> <BR> You answer the door before people knock. <BR> <BR> You sleep with your eyes open. <BR> <BR> You just completed your third sweater today, and you don’t know how to knit. <BR> <BR> You grind your coffee beans in your mouth. <BR> <BR> You have to watch videos in fast-forward. <BR> <BR> The only time you’re standing still is in an earthquake. <BR> <BR> You li... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:04:15 EST Something to share - Break Through Boundaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546842 Break Through Boundaries <BR> <BR> “Endless possibilities exist for all of us.” <BR> <BR> New decisions and changes are frightening but they can also be exhilarating! <BR> <BR> No matter what pressures you’re under, what tough decisions you face, keep in mind that it is possible to turn chaos and turmoil into an exciting beginning. <BR> <BR> Look at all the options life has to offer. Ask yourself how those options fit in with your deepest desires. Whether your desires are intellectual, ar... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:57:58 EST PMP and BLC-17 ~ Motivation - Updated 9/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465538 PMP ~ Pimp my (P)Ride ~~ Yoovie's 8 Week ST Challenge begins 9/6 <BR> BLC-17 ~ Biggest Loser 12 Week Challenge begins 9/7 <BR> <BR> I am planning on using both of these challenges to get back on track and change the way I look and feel about myself. I have let myself slide over the summer and have gained close to 20 lbs, which is my highest weight since beginning my lifestyle change journey in December 2006. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l477191739.jpg"> Be... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 10:07:12 EST Is it really that simple? -- Geneen Roth quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386899 I've been struggling lately and came across this quote this morning. It has definitely made me stop and think about what I am doing to myself and my health...... <BR> <BR> “When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no longer matches the shape of your beliefs, the weight disappears. And yes, it really is that simple.” <BR> <BR> — Geneen Roth <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:31:34 EST Another Smile ~~ BBQ Rules ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357551 BBQ RULES: <BR> <BR> We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion: <BR> <BR> Routine... <BR> <BR> 1) The woman buys the food. <BR> (2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables and makes dessert. <BR> (3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary coo... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:25:14 EST