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/ 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 Invest in yourself first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963580 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65559bbf-cc06-425f-ba8f-b81dd865e293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One thing I must say that I have learned the past few days is that I have to invest in myself first. You know.....be good to yourself. Do things you enjoy. It doesn't mean you have to forget about others but sometimes you have to take time out for yourself as well or you will burn out quickly. <BR> <BR> Below is a great article and it's only three small changes you can make to feel as th... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:41:53 EST How to Do Crunches Sitting in a Chair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963202 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7cfadd5-2837-4f3f-8ef2-513c6807a7f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So...I have a very hard time getting up and down off of the floor because of my knee replacement and also because I'm so heavy. I actually found some good instructions on how to do crunches while sitting in a chair. What you will need: <BR> Yourself and a chair without wheels (you don't want to tip the chair while sitting on the edge) <BR> <BR> Crunches are an effective way to tone and st... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:01:38 EST Saturday Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67b793a3-8ea3-472d-ba60-224f480eba5a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WooHoo...Up at 7am. Got my house cleaned already. Made a new recipe using absolutely no sugar at all. Gonna post it here so you can have some too..It isn't very often that I have all of the ingredients and I sure needed to get rid of those nanners. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c45c92bc-ec3a-4e6a-bdde-437a0e2d30a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I get to spend it with... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:38:43 EST Yes. It is finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962093 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bef3e967-48fb-4299-b07d-260012aa2a66.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was thinking about today being Friday and remembered a song by George Jones called "It's Finally Friday" so I thought I'd share it with everyone. Of course I had to find the funny version of it that they play locally on our radio station every Friday morning at 7:00am. Enjoy it. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoR6<BR>QCCGa8g </link> <BR> <BR> Mo... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:34:41 EST Feeling sorry for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961555 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b3053fd-884f-463b-8ccf-346c09e8434f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I figured out that my blog yesterday "Not feeling it anymore" was my attempt at feeling sorry for myself. Don't ask me why, I don't know why. I just know that things have to change. I'll admit it again. I've gained weight back. I do feel like I'm working at a losing battle, but that doesn't mean I have to give up. I've been thinking about some different things or ways to make changes. ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:29:49 EST Just not feeling it anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4d3d6f1-d7d7-46b9-a3ee-3657c434523c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know we all have them. Days that we just aren't feeling it anymore. The days where we want to give up on the journey we have either just started or the one we have been on in what seems to be forever and a day. <BR> <BR> I am at that point right now. I feel as if I am winning at losing a battle I've tried so hard to be on and be a part of. I don't have the gumption or the will to con... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:36:22 EST 20 easy ways to lose weight without dieting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959904 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2322db37-c1ca-46f9-a8ca-bbaf63f1c558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't you just love all of these articles on losing weight without dieting? Here's another one this morning that was on msn.com <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/weightloss/<BR>20-easy-ways-to-lose-weight-without-di<BR>eting/ss-BBkkrS8 </link> <BR> <BR> Some of these aren't too bad and I can see them helping anyone drop a few pounds. Just wanted to share the love.. <em>129</... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:42:28 EST Early to bed, Early to rise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958908 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50c81935-9fb3-4c5f-a3d7-b8fecb3208ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c379c57-f5f6-4681-8d7d-c17c012f1199.jpg"> <BR> Well...I went to bed early, I rose early but I am none-the-less wealthier or wiser..nor am I a man....just saying this needs to be rewritten somehow... <BR> <BR> Today is my weekend to work. Both Saturday & Sunday. First time in over 20 years have I had to work weekends. Got a revised w... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:35:53 EST What does success mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/490b2ce4-e938-433f-b27f-b2c62ea49892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Success is defined as: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals. <BR> <BR> Have you accomplished the goals you set out to do? I know I have some, others I haven't. Life gets in the way and sometimes they are set aside for awhile but, I always return to them. Do you? <BR> <BR> Other words that describe success can be: accomplish... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:25:50 EST This is one way to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957338 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39dbe32a-4845-4a03-bd2e-3b5ccc659555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> City of Alliance Ohio Police Department Agency arrested woman for calling 911 <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Po<BR>lice.Department?fref=nf </link> <BR> <BR> 9-1-1 ABUSE: On Monday afternoon, at approximately 4:30 PM, a 44 year-old female purposely called 9-1-1 to report that the Chinese food she ordered at a local restaurant was, "not up to par for her liking". The female h... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:20:25 EST Project Semicolon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956756 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a59ea384-a605-4df9-82c9-28e9017dbfba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey folks, top of the morning to ya! I ran across the most interesting website for people suffering with depression, suicidal thoughts, stress, etc. It's called Project Semicolon. You can read more about it here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.projectsemicolon.com </link> <BR> <BR> Many of you may remember that I work in the mental health field and have for the past 25 years. Our agency does ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:25:13 EST What does have a blessed day mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75d794ba-2cee-4976-81de-cf41188fc16e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In general to tell someone to have a blessed day is saying you hope they experience favor in every area of need... to say this to an enemy can be best define by the scripture Romans 12:20 "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." <BR> <BR> That's pretty bizarre don't you think? I'd rather say "God B... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:57:44 EST The Morning After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955774 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a6b1b3c-4f3f-4f5a-afd6-3bffa01dcdeb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes indeed it is the morning after the Fourth of July. I hope you enjoyed your day with family and friends. And now.. of course it's back to the grind of working out, eating right and all that goes with living a healthy lifestyle. It is a good thing we have another day to begin again. There is always another day to begin new. And if there isn't than you will mostly likely be singing song... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:17:21 EST What does the Fourth of July really mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955274 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b47d07ad-c4a4-4115-8c22-bb98d730a40c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While sharing this time with friends and family, remember what the Fourth of July truly stands for. The Fourth of July is our country's birthday. That was the day our country's founders declared independence from Great Britain. This meant they would no longer follow the orders of Britain's king. To do this was extremely dangerous. At the time, Britain had one of the world's strongest armies,... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:14:49 EST Yep I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0344bb96-270a-475b-ba03-fb21334b431c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you read my last blog What to do? What to do? You may remember after a meeting at work my 40 hour work week was dropped to 32. For me this is a loss of 465.28 a month. My co-worker Alex and I reviewed the schedule. We revised it and came up with a way for her and I to both get our 40 hours back a week. We are still considered full time at 32, but staying at 40 allows for her and I ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:22:54 EST What to do? what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15cadf32-480d-4422-9a22-7ad72e9d4e18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday during a meeting at work the full time employees (40 hr work week) were told we would no longer be working 40 but 32 hours a week instead. We are not losing our benefits which is the only good thing I can see about this. Needless to say I, myself, am losing $465.28 a month in income. I don't know where they expect us to come up with these lost wages and I more or less said some ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:23:27 EST Water has receeded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99f6b5b3-cc73-43a4-9c96-f7dee752af7c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remember yesterday I posted my basement had about 2 - 3 feet of water in it and I had a cold shower because we had to turn off the water heater so it wouldn't get ruined? This morning the water is down to about 1 inch but I still had to take a cold shower.. <em>334</em> My son-in-law didn't want to take a chance lighting it again until it had time to dry out a bit more. He's going to li... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:27:18 EST