DGFOWLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DGFOWLER DGFOWLER'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/ What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037046 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3971a2e8-cbe0-4d44-96e3-3055de4a9101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> This quotation is from an old Paul Newman movie entitled, "Cool Hand Luke." I don't remember much about the movie, but I do remember that one line. This quote can also apply to the following scenarios. <BR> <BR> Mark and Emily agreed to meet for dinner at a restaurant at a particular time on a particular day. Both arrived at t... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:02:37 EST 56 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ea76c90-b315-4b6f-b304-26b2abad7c52.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can read the full article here: 56 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/weightloss/<BR>56-ways-to-lose-weight-forever-accordi<BR>ng-to-science/ss-BBngnJK </link> <BR> <BR> The best weight loss tips of all time: <BR> Losing weight is hard. Losing weight and then keeping it off is even harder. Case in point: 74% of adults in the United S... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:00:44 EST I Fell But I Got Back Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035141 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/149a80d7-6552-40d0-89e2-a320c2ed2166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday coming out of Wal-Mart I fell. Not only did I fall on both knees but smashed both wrists into the pavement. The right side got the blunt of the fall which is also not only my writing hand but the knee that was replaced. I'm bruised, battered and sore but guess what? I can walk and type so the soreness will just have to mend itself, but my pride on the other hand was very sadden... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:11:03 EST When You Want Something Badly Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034027 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cab77c8b-c397-407d-9023-5837bd952f24.gif"> <BR> <BR> When You Want Something Badly Enough you will figure out a way to get it. There may be times in our lives when we really want or need something. It is during those times that we are challenged to be our most creative. The keys to creativity are desire and persistence. <BR> <BR> The Crow and the Pitcher <BR> <BR> A crow had not had a sip of water for days and was close to death. Suddenly, s... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:55:15 EST Plan Your Life, Then Adjust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fff2fa3-af4a-4eb9-ab13-f3dc8a8df2d6.gif"> <BR> <BR> Article by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> A man landed a job painting the yellow line down the center of the highway, by hand. After three days his foreman complained about the job he was doing. "Your first day out, you did great," he said. "You painted that line for three miles. Your second day wasn't bad. You painted two miles. But today you painted only one mile, so it looks like... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:59:15 EST Do You Need a "Fattitude" Adjustment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029083 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34f90f32-ab46-4ffc-aeaf-36ca09cec183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do You Need a "Fattitude" Adjustment? Come on we probably all needs this if we are willing to admit it. We all compare ourselves to others. Why can't I lose weight like her? Why can't I look like that in that type of outfit. We've all done it. <BR> <BR> Comparing ourselves to someone else is a great way to kill our motivation and leave us in a lurch. When I step on those scales I want to... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 06:45:21 EST 10 Signs You're Getting in Your Own Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028639 10 Signs You're Getting in Your Own Way By Natasha Burton <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011579<BR>-10-signs-getting-own-way/#slide=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Overview: At some point in our lives, we all feel a bit stuck, whether it’s in a relationship that doesn’t make us happy, at a job that doesn’t quite suit us or with a goal that always feels just out of reach. For whatever reason, we’re unable to make a change -- or find true fulfillment -- in some area of life. Yet sometimes th... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:46:16 EST Today is Day Six of my New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027569 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceeb9455-b42d-4580-875e-4ef1f3f2ac52.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge was to blog. So here I am letting it all hang out. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I can say one thing for sure. Getting reacquainted with SP and all it's fabulous features has given me renewed strength. Well that and fighting with a <em>419</em> in my house last night (what a great way to do cardio...haha) <BR> <BR> Seriously though, I'd recommend this 21-Day New Member... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:58:22 EST Happy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025820 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b0863d9-18af-4eee-9067-84e61aa58365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to everyone. Today is day three of my new challenge. Exercise is done and food has been tracked per the challenge. I'm beginning to feel like I am accomplishing something again, which is a great feeling. <BR> <BR> Today after work I have to pick up my meds and also get my picture taken for our church directory. I haven't had a pic taken in a long time professionally. I wo... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:44:43 EST Beginning a new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f28a11f-590c-4348-8654-8caefafcb500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I've been probably the best slacker here in the past several months. Yesterday November 1st I decided to sign up for a new challenge. It's called SparkPeople's New Member Challenge. I've been here a long time but I've lost sight of the reason I started in the first place. So, what better way to begin then with this challenge. I also decided to do the 10 min exerc... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:20:38 EST Here's When Daylight Saving Time Ends (You're Welcome) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b67b6aaf-f099-467e-8e61-a4189635ef71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Daylight saving time, the practice that throws our sleep schedules all out of whack, ends Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m. The clocks will "fall back" one hour. <BR> <BR> We'll be gaining precious minutes, but turning back time can still disrupt our circadian rhythm, the "internal clock" responsible for regulating sleep. It can take up to a week for our bodies to adjust to the time change, Ha... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:33:56 EST The Amount of Exercise it Takes to Burn Off Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/044e824a-db03-4bb1-b99e-3bec30e329f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's almost Halloween. I'm glad I don't have little kids around I'd be so tempted to eat all (not a little bit, but all) of their chocolate candy and any smarties that may be in there stash as well. But, this article sure brings somethings in to perspective. It might make you think just a wee bit more before confiscating all of that chocolate loot. <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/hea... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:54:54 EST Don't Empower Gossip Mongers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021850 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/901d8c07-34cc-459c-920a-6267d81bf752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Today's motivator is about an activity that occurs both at home and at work. Every family and every office has a person who seems to make "passing along" information his or her life passion and duty. <BR> <BR> We give the gossip monger power and encouragement when we listen to him or her. We should also remember that the person who ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:50:56 EST Twenty-Five Years Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019171 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f415eaec-83fd-43c8-8507-7a7205bc1a3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today marks my 25th year at our agency. We serve clients with outpatient mental health, 2-1-1 (Local information & referral) and we also have a Crisis Stabilization Unit for kids ages 8 - 17. I have seen many changes, some good and others not so good but I have persevered through it all and come out on top. I love helping people and that's what this job is all about. Here's to another 2... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 06:59:47 EST Do Your Best Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017990 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22ff5931-6888-4c8e-9ff2-a51a69ac0232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Occasionally we may feel that it is a waste of time and energy to act with integrity, compassion, and concern for all. Especially when our efforts don't seem appreciated. When rejected, we may be reluctant to try again even though everything in our souls cries out for us to move forward. <BR> <BR> Mother Teresa, who certainly lived a... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:17:38 EST Why Should You a Have a Positive Reign Over Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eed5b5b5-4bdd-4d48-a956-c36191ee4435.png"> <BR> <BR> What does dictionary.com have to say about being positive? confident in opinion or assertion; fully assured. <BR> <BR> What does dictionary.com have to say about being negative? lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, cooperativeness, or the like. <BR> <BR> Now I don't know about you but being positive sure sounds better than its opposite counterpart. <BR> <BR> Below are fiv... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:21:09 EST Squeezed by Too Many Demands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07b83afb-8c14-49a9-9a70-1f5e7cd8ed8b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> In the southern United States, many trees, buildings, and fences are covered with a vine called kudzu. This aggressive vine grows at the rate of one foot per day during the summertime and it is extremely hardy. Kudzu is killing many of our trees as it quickly wraps itself around the trunk and branches and suffocates the trees. What w... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:54:24 EST Change of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a72deec-6405-4513-9cfa-aa27f3ea8781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I posted a blog about setting up a small bedroom as a go to place for exercise. That did not completely get done but I did set my gazelle up. I can't move one of the dressers by myself so I have to wait for my daughter to get home from Montana. I did however, get my bedroom completely done including taking everything out of it dusting it down, sweeping and mopping. Putting ever... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:20:08 EST Did I do that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011408 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00b31628-c634-48f9-a0fa-75a00a8f9baa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nope I did not do anything! That's my problem. As of late I'm finding myself getting more and more sedentary. My bones are feeling it. My muscles are feeling it. Why do you ask? I can't really answer that. I've been on SP for about 6 years. I've gained and lost the same 40 lbs almost every year. I can't figure out why I'm not able to continue losing. I'm not a binge eater. I watch... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:01:29 EST We Need Each Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010207 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df9401ad-c14a-4292-b5e7-9e1f3d542bc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you had the desire to isolate yourself recently? As conflicts arise in the workplace and remain unresolved, we may become convinced that we could work better alone. At times, we may also become convinced that we do not need others in our lives. The following story demonstrates why the exact opposite is true. <BR> <BR> A boy was extended an invitation to visit his uncle who was a lumbe... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:25:25 EST 3 Workouts for stronger, pain free knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006618 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee4bc59c-1f10-488b-9474-657971cb01f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-t<BR>ips/home-workouts-knee-pain?cid=soc_Pr<BR>evention%20Magazine%20-%20preventionma<BR>gazine_FBPAGE_Prevention__ </link> <BR> <BR> Sore knees are a fact of life for too many people. But the biggest mistake you can make is avoiding exercise. These 3 workouts are designed to strengthen sore knees—keeping you going strong without the pain. <BR... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:17:20 EST Raking Leaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a32fd91-8247-4afd-a827-e217a41b5ef2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> haha... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:36:48 EST Looking for the Goodness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001219 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19dbdff6-6c41-48a5-91f1-b24a49690a6e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> September 21, 2015 By Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Some days it is hard to look for, or see, the good in our lives. When this is a habit or life long practice, it can negatively influence our thinking. The answer to this problem lies in looking to outside sources to help us with our “stinkin’ thinkin'”. <BR> <BR> A talented employee with a cynical attitude was sent by hi... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:19:25 EST The Minions on Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998356 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/643d78c5-05b5-4995-997f-d8ae0de63573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0c5a6e0-35c2-4252-8139-d29a3ada3db5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b19bbcf2-9415-418c-94be-7726df2bc42e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b64597d4-20c7-4790-97c4-4fcfa517f64e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e26dfc1b-0a84-419f-83a1-7f1645e8bd2a... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 06:45:36 EST Caring is Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997703 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da4bb9d9-f1d8-437b-92ac-1e444e44aa64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Caring is Sharing by Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> A Muleteer set forth on a journey, driving before him an Ass and a Mule, both well laden. The Ass, as long as he traveled along the plain, carried his load with ease, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, felt his load to be more than he could bear. <BR> <BR> He entreated his companion to relieve him of a ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:45:19 EST Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995256 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d68fae80-5a98-425f-ba95-a8c289ae1497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone.. Have a great day <BR> <BR> Just for kicks ~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a06b83a9-9166-4b00-aca2-b3c3e65c58c2.jpg"> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:05:21 EST This Dog Kept Coming To Her Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994578 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce8c419a-2f35-468e-a21c-e93a7a8afed4.png"> <BR> <BR> One day an old tired dog wandered into my garden, I can tell that he was well- fed that he had a home and was well taken care of. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44eed41f-a81a-475f-b76c-73eafae2e0ed.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> He calmly came over to me and finally I gave him few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall and in corner ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:21:18 EST A beautiful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4db8d70a-1486-41da-af49-3e298d6c4a4c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Well I woke up sore as heck. Doing some different moves on the Gazelle yesterday, you know working muscles not normally worked. So sore; opted out of morning exercise. I'll see how the day progresses and do something after I get off of work. <BR> <BR> Had my first doc apt after being placed on BP meds. BP was a little high at the doc office. 167 / 87 first time.... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 07:07:40 EST How Many Apples in an Apple Seed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993216 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d2571c2-b2fd-4af7-999a-a5d25c66ec1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How Many Apples in an Apple Seed? <BR> Written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Clark and Mason were sitting in the break room talking about business strategies for their small company. Mason, ever the worrier, was expressing his frustrations over how "quick success" seemed to be eluding them. Mason said to Clark, "I can't see any evidence of our hard work. It seems like everything ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 07:07:33 EST And it's Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991978 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/388a76d0-8f64-4180-b777-50d9441f19d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning with a bad headache and sore throat. I'll be staying home from church today. That I'll miss but I'll still do the Sunday school lesson from home. <BR> <BR> I think my flea problem is finally going away. Hadn't seen one in about a week until this morning when it decided to bite my leg. Went to get rid of the little guy and he jumped so...he's still out there somewhe... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:20:53 EST Far and few http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990057 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/468319ed-4d55-44fc-b9fa-e3079075afd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a few days since I have written a blog. Everything is okay in my neck of the woods. I have a new work schedule that does include every other Saturday but no Sundays which means I'll still be able to attend church. I have been able to pick up some days off of the schedule since I was taken down to 64 hrs every 2 wks which has put be still between 75 - 80 hrs for the next 3 payc... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:29:00 EST Success Requires Internal Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e881e5ed-4b9a-4696-9d9e-7cebbe0b8996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Success Requires Internal Discipline by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> When men and women join the military, they must go through an intensive training process known as boot camp. The purpose of boot camp is to transform an individual in a physical, emotional, and mental way. This transformation process begins as soon as the recruits step from the bus onto the grounds of the boot cam... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:53:54 EST May we all be like the COFFEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b50bf3f3-c346-4b63-9f56-3969359a8e31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ran across this. I do not know the author but a very wise story. <BR> <BR> She Tells Her Grandma That She’s Just Been Cheated On So Grandma Tells Her To Do This <BR> <BR> This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you’re in. You’ll see what I mean. <BR> <BR> A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:46:06 EST Learn From the Thorns in Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aa56fe4-616d-4971-9eea-6f722d53b6e5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Learn From the Thorns in Your Life by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> (full link at the bottom of the article) <BR> <BR> <BR> We have a wonderful climbing rose near our front door that produces some really beautiful apricot colored roses. As I cut and prepared the roses for display as an arrangement this summer, I suffered many pricks from the thorns on their stems. <BR> <BR> Needless t... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:08:11 EST Doing absolutely nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e14f2f0-5cc9-4d81-a4fc-f9af164a55e4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's what I feel I have done on my staycation. I've stayed at home. I've not exercised much at all although I have watched my eating. I was having a great time kicking back and letting lose until yesterday. <BR> <BR> I thought my work schedule had been fixed. But alas, it has not. I am back on the schedule working every other weekend and down to 32 hours a week. The only way I can p... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:14:44 EST Bite Size Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979535 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f83b71a-52ea-4602-9997-4fcdf5bf7c65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bite Size Pieces ~ Article by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> "So much to do, so little time." My husband and I often think that way. In fact, we find ourselves either doing, or thinking about doing, some task or goal most of our waking hours. <BR> <BR> We have chosen a lifestyle that demands much of our time and energy. We are often controlled by that lifestyle, rather than control... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:36:35 EST Henry County Ohio Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6526b643-5bb7-413f-9df2-6d249246e717.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I live directly across from the Henry County Fairgrounds. And it started yesterday. Many of you may remember I always take this week off because of barely being able to get in / out of my driveway. I don't go. Cost too much and my leg can't take all of that walking. Last night back-to-back traffic. So glad I didn't have to get out in that. Here are a few pics from my side of the road. ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:34:25 EST Do Not Quit, No Matter What http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5711d8fd-6f7c-436d-815c-3ff62061decd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you having a hard time and struggling with some decisions you are trying to decide upon? Whether it is personal, business or other all our our decisions are based upon emotion. Sometimes emotions overcome us and we give in because we feel the struggles are too hard to handle. I'm here to say DO NOT QUIT, NO MATTER WHAT! Perseverance will get you through. Well that and a lot of deter... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:22:05 EST Do You Have Intentions or Wishes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975760 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae6e3543-d1f4-4f20-9a80-cfa831f21d3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever wished for something that didn’t happen, even if it felt like the right thing to wish for? For example, losing weight overnight? <BR> <BR> Why doesn't this wish come true? Is it because it's not realistic? We cannot get from A to B without a plan. Even the best of intentions may not work if there isn't a solid plan in place, right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:02:02 EST I have fleas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e996dac-282a-4ccb-b0bb-0023d4868436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do any of you know any home remedies to get rid of fleas? I have two cats that have always been inside and all of the sudden I have them. They get front line on them starting usually in May and through the summer into fall. I just can't believe I have them. I'm being eating alive and dang the itch. I've been taking benadryl and putting calamine lotion on the sore to stop the itching... ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:10:43 EST Free Activity Burn Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972974 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d3f66c4-a7f6-444d-b603-30e13599cc8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a great activity burning tool to help judge calories burned vs weight and minutes. Remember none of the tools out there are 100% correct but this is the closest I've been able to find. It even has things like mowing grass (including rider) and snow blowing..Who'd have thunk? <BR> <BR> <link>www.fatburn.com/free_tool_activity_b<BR>urn.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivatio... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 06:55:53 EST Motivational Transitional Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972404 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32de8952-201b-4e83-9eb9-56bfaa2a8795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How do you feel about transitions? There are so many different types that we go through in our lifetime. Graduating school, marriage, having children, setting goals etc. The list can go on and on and every persons transitional experience will be different. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad9a4012-25f6-4764-a0ae-03b21763642f.png"> <BR> <BR> Wh... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:02:39 EST Warning Signs in Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971813 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d33ef105-8402-4131-b60b-a92a3adce4ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An elderly woman made a phone call to the local police station requesting a police officer come to her house to remove a sign that had recently been placed in her front yard. When asked the nature of the problem, she complained about the traffic sign, which warned, "Caution: Deer Crossing." <BR> <BR> <BR> "I want that sign removed right away," she demanded. When the police officer asked h... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:52:12 EST What Happens After You Drink a Can of Coke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969030 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ad04dac-3ccd-42fe-ac46-5202ba6e0d71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Came across a very interesting article about drinking pop. You would be surprised at what it does to your system. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/07/29/<BR>heres-what-happens-in-an-hour-after-yo<BR>u-drink-a-can-of-coke-and-what-happene<BR>d-to-me-when-i-tried-it/ </link> <BR> <BR> WOW!!!! Right? <BR> <BR> Motivational Quote of the Day ~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:57:34 EST Waving the White Flag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efa088a3-7f44-4ddf-beb2-fa2167d00990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay folks how many of you want to wave that white flag and give up? How many of you don't? That would be me too. I don't want to give up and I won't. I was so happy to see those scales dropping those pounds this past week after being put on the blood pressure medicine. Another good think my BP is dropping in a most awesome way. Two days ago it was 130/74. That's the lowest it's been ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:20:57 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a2e3d75-b791-44bc-b619-6eb394f413c4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a fantastic day filled with love and laughter. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Donna Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:13:36 EST Sharing an 800 lb journey of this amazing lady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966847 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2f889d9-db9a-491b-9a3f-17ddc8ec2444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Half Ton Killer - Documentary <BR> <link>www.tlc.com/tv-shows/half-ton-killer </link> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this link will work. If not you can youtube it under the story of Half Ton Killer - Documentary or under TLC half-ton-killer <BR> <BR> What an amazing journey she has undergone. I know it really touched my heart. <BR> <BR> Just for kicks ~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spa... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:42:20 EST Some Thursday Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965268 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f0de3f1-d27f-4fa3-95f6-f9fbddd53050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share this story with everyone. What an inspiration this man is. <BR> <BR> 560-pound man biking across US to lose weight <BR> <link>www.kirotv.com/ap/ap/strange/560-pou<BR>nd-man-biking-across-us-to-lose-weight<BR>/nm496/ </link> <BR> <BR> Motivational Quote of the Day ~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3c885fb-ecb7-4b12-9f19-2f6c58efa3b6.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:43:08 EST I finally gave in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964709 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/501b7a3d-91c9-4521-855e-a2424661b634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes indeed I finally gave in. I went to the docs yesterday. My blood pressure (BP) has been erratic the past year. Earlier this month it was 170/120. Yesterday it was 165/96. It's been up and down like a yo yo. I asked yesterday about BP medication and was placed on Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg. Today is my first dose. I also have a follow up appt in 6 weeks to see how I am doing on it... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:56:20 EST Are you speaking to yourself the wrong way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6edeca0-09ac-459c-b4c0-5ecce366c412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec1fc8ef-08ad-4df4-85bf-a0c7af085535.jpg"> <BR> How do you speak to yourself when you haven't had a good day? What tone of voice do you use? Are you encouraging to yourself or do you rely on others to give you compliments? These questions are food for thought? I know if I've jumped off of the wagon and eaten something I shouldn't ha... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:20:09 EST