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/ Article in the New York Times: After 'The Biggest Loser' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155083 Just wanted to share this very interesting article from some of the biggest losers season 8 and how their bodies fought to put the weight back on their bodies. Definitely why slower is sometimes better. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/bi<BR>ggest-loser-weight-loss.html?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41e2f689-e6f0-4fdd-a53c-f5b97fa21fa8.jpg"> Mon, 2 May 2016 20:45:06 EST What day is it anyways? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6f77560-a8b9-48c6-b3fa-528d7432e97a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up without any sense of what day it is. Guess what? It's Sunday! <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on my mom. She is now in a chemically induced coma. She took a turn for the worse night-before-last. They opted for the coma to give her brain a rest from the seizures she was having. The type of stroke she had is making her bleed inside of the brain, not outside as in a n... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:11:48 EST Not a good night at all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61661241-7ae4-4324-bdb2-ef4d934f59f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night, not once but twice (1030p, 1134p) I was woke up by the hospital calling. Mom took a turn for the worse and is now on a ventilator. This is this morning's report per her nurse: She is currently stable. She is having body tremors (hands, feet and shoulders). The MRI showed no change. They will be placing her back on the machine to continually check her brain activity. They now hav... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:38:06 EST Every new day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c70d3dfd-7877-4a57-bd19-27e16f2005f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every new day delivers the promise of all potential. Each morning is the start of a new, 24-hour lifetime. I will awaken to each day as if awakening to another incarnation. No matter what setbacks or disappointments yesterday brought, a new day promises new opportunities and every chance to start again, in love, hope, courage, faith, determination, and empowerment. <BR> <BR> Affirmation: <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:27:02 EST How's the World Treating You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f228777-2946-49e1-80e3-ff0225c11f01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been out of sorts for the past couple of days. Mostly because of mom and David. I didn't exercise at all Tuesday accept to go in and out of the hospital walking. That didn't take anytime at all and wasn't consistent enough for even 10 minutes of exercise. So yesterday, even though it was my rest day, I jumped on the Gazelle and did 22 minutes to get at least some sort of exercise in... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:18:08 EST Thought Provoking Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e23f1528-4b11-4c23-8cc1-bbaf48a19ba0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> You can find this blog here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/thought-prov<BR>oking-quotes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64e7ddf4-4608-4887-820a-f9f87f53a38e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week's motivator includes some quotes that are worth considering. Some may apply to your life today, some may ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:40:46 EST Not my usual blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eaf67435-57d1-422f-b749-56af5796ff0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been up the majority of tonight. I spent most of it at the ER with my mom Kay. She had a stroke. They sent her to a bigger hospital about 50 miles from where we live. She is still in the ER as all of the rooms were full to capacity. She's holding her own and they have the pain under control. She does not have the usual weakness in her extremities but all of the pain is in the ba... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:27:19 EST Self-Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/541b421e-6758-42f4-94d6-4f54ce053d74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today's subject: Self-Control (or lack thereof) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/054823f8-80f0-4cb9-a8cb-61d6a4078a78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This little explanation pretty much says it all doesn't it? Although I may add a few things here and there when it comes to lack of control where food is concerned; it is so likened to addiction it's uncanny: <BR>... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:21:24 EST Today's Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147764 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c9aadbd-f5c5-4840-8b26-de826ff5ebb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48db03af-252c-4f99-a090-c2ad0569c615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baked Apples in a Bag. Quick and easy snack when you're craving something sweet but want something decently healthy. <BR> <BR> 1 apple, 1tsp sugar, 1tsp water, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cornstarch. (I think this would probably be optional, unsure though). Put in bag and microwave 2 min. tas... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:45:24 EST Positive Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147034 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d896e0-ddf6-4fea-916a-932588f17f13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> See the world in terms of the possibilities it offers rather than the limitation it imposes. Limits are often illusory: they are there because of our-modest expectations. <BR> <BR> Our affirmation for the day: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac2f9e75-1cf4-42be-abfb-995a4d7bc58c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With that being said, after 2 knee replacements (same knee) in 6 years, I n... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:14:32 EST Are you divided? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e67ff90-2b2a-4e5c-b9b2-eb736476942c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There's an old Swedish proverb that says "Shared joy is doubled joy; shared sorrow half a sorrow." <BR> <BR> Did you really look hard at that proverb? Do you understand what it means? How can we apply it to our weight loss/healthy style journey? <BR> <BR> 1.) Share in your triumphs and double your joy <BR> 2.) Share in your defeats and doubts and let others help you through it. <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:23:10 EST Speaking Out Loud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1036950-6fab-44a1-a49b-29832715ce2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How do you motivate yourself? I use affirmations a lot. But I just don't read them. I read them out loud. Use these affirmations to assert your ideas. Speak as if you have already received the affirmation. There are so many healthy lifestyle affirmations they could go on for days. Here are a few of mine. Don't just read them to yourself, but read them out loud. Did they take on new ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:06:07 EST Don't Look Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/154ef8bc-7e53-40f4-9dab-9cc20bf60910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is an old Cherokee Proverb that states "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today." <BR> <BR> What a profound statement. How many times do we let the regrets of yesterday consume our today? We lose so many precious moments of today fretting over what happened yesterday. Albeit some of it can be good but if you are truly honest with yourself most of the times we ruminate over are... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:36:53 EST Crossing the Divide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143799 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f5b3629-2c1a-4723-ae7b-a37c9c2f9918.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As soon as you read this , resolve to take the initiate to forgive yourself. You know what I mean? That nibble here or there. The snack in the drawer that may not be quite so healthy. The lack of motivation to exercise. <BR> <BR> The guilt we place on ourselves sometimes are so much more than someone else would do to us. Why are we so hard on ourselves? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:51:32 EST Reviewing weekly goals for "Keep Your Eye on the Prize" Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143354 Weekly goals - 30 min Gazelle - upper body strength exercises <BR> Apr 10 - Rest Day <BR> Apr 11 - 30 min Gazelle, 12 min Resistant Bands upper body <BR> Apr 12 - 129 total exercise minutes <BR> Apr 13 - Rest Day <BR> Apr 14 - 20 min Gazelle, total min 46 <BR> Apr 15 - 30 min Gazelle, 10 min resistant bands, total min 61 <BR> Apr 16 - 16 min Gazelle, (so far), 12 min resist bands Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:27:31 EST Quieting the Monkey in my Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8efb3c1e-0c4a-4b0a-81bb-67c75efe5b4a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doing too many things at once dispenses your energy, creating a state known in Buddhism as "monkey mind": your consciousness resembles a restless monkey, jumping from branch to branch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9edfde3-1b29-44f4-8a08-f81f1ceeef22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have monkey mind? Is there something that continues to plague you that you can't get ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:20:34 EST Deadline: Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141954 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19d2117e-c073-4d13-adc1-d617ff494099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The word procrastination derives from the Latin word crastinus, meaning "belong to tomorrow." Don't fall into the trap of believing that you'll have more time to tackle a tricky task tomorrow than today - the reality is, you'll probably find yourself as pressured for time then as now. ~ Barbara Ann Kipfer <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bddabd1-5e46-4aaf-a23a-0... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:35:10 EST Such pretty colors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141443 I didn't know there were such pretty colors <em>437</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e6c2044-e4a9-45e1-a7fd-64ec5c36a668.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is my knee post out 4 days from my fall on the deck Saturday afternoon. Pretty huh. But...I haven't missed a lick of exercise. I'm always an adventure waiting to happen. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great day... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:56:05 EST Are You Part of the Solution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140443 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3c60e4f-ac9c-4508-8dbf-137f2299697e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/are-you-part<BR>-of-solution/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91a74491-40fd-40cd-a769-08a03613f5a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Have you noticed how much easier and more fulfilling it is when we work together to accomplish a task? <BR> ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:11:56 EST I didn't know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139652 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbb77ffc-8c00-439d-a771-f806f66a61ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't know if I was going to be able to do my Gazelle after falling on Saturday. But <em>244</em> I was able to. I only did 15 min instead of my normal 30 and if my leg doesn't feel too bad after sitting all day at work I'll try and get the other 15 in as well. I'm going to continue with my upper body strength this week. <BR> <BR> Weekly goals - 30 min Gazelle - upper body streng... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:29:29 EST Supporting Each Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138537 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/054e2432-c58f-4fdf-b702-1ebe1eeaa012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all been there. We have all given out words of encouragement along our journey either by blogging, having spark buddies or getting on the forums within our teams that we belong to. <BR> <BR> I have always believed that people come in to my life at just the right time. Just like here at SP. I felt like I was sinking, not staying on track and then I received an invitation to "Keep Yo... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:46:57 EST Comparing Myself to Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c12a45c-0fb0-4c08-acaf-c1e4477b689c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I find I am comparing myself to others and it makes me feel like I'm falling short. Why do I do this? Well, sometimes it makes me more motivated. Other times it makes me feel sad and to me that's a terrible price to pay. <BR> <BR> Do you do this too and if so, why? Why does our society make it so hard if you aren't one of the Joneses? Why do we have so much self-doubt when ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 06:52:19 EST Opportunity From Annoyance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134801 Article is by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/opportunity-<BR>from-annoyance/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a9c5408-da93-4730-a744-cfe53e2186e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple went on their honeymoon to a cottage in a peaceful and lovely mountain setting. Unfortunately, the peaceful atmosphere was upset by an annoying woodpecker, which kept pecking away on the roof of the cottage. <BR> <BR> The young groom tri... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 13:56:06 EST All things in moderation (including kittens) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133830 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d59cd56e-8ed5-489b-a834-6beef4bf2801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My poor kitten Mr. Fawkes got a nasty surprise this morning when he tried jumping in to a basket sitting on the table, didn't get quite in and his foot landed in my scalding hot cup of Hills bros double mocha sugar free cappuccino. I've never seen a kitten move so fast. I also had to move fast because about 3 inches of his hind foot was soaked in it. I caught him and washed it off, checke... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:35:13 EST Last/This weeks goals in "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7da4a1b-8db6-4b97-a476-bf7028a511c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last weeks goals: To get down on the floor 5 / 7 days and do lower body exercises. I did not get on the floor but I did do all of these exercises in my bed. This alternative was much safer than getting on the floor with me knee replacement. Safety first. <BR> <BR> Mar 27 ~ Easter Day - Rest Day <BR> Mar 28 ~ <em>248</em> <BR> Mar 29 ~ <em>248</em> <BR> Mar 30 ~ Rest Day <BR> Mar ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:35:41 EST Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining ~ Let's Talk April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133036 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/169c21d6-53da-406a-a795-0ade5ebc22cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the second day of April. April, traditionally a rainy period, gives way to May, when flowers will bloom because of the water provided to them by the April rains. So as my title today states "Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining" and our "Silver Lining" are the May Flowers. Today here in Ohio we have a 90 percent chance of snow showers. We also have a high wind advisory up till 8 ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 06:23:24 EST Happy Friday (April Fools) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/323a6000-378e-4072-80d5-1a0835ef203b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Hope you don't get fooled to badly today. As for me I'm gonna be on my <em>68</em> (that's supposed to be toes., lol) <BR> <BR> Anyways...What is April Fool's Day anyway? <BR> <BR> The origin of this holiday is rather uncertain. However, the common belief holds that during the reformation of the calendar the date for the New Year was moved from April 1st to Janu... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:14:01 EST Wishes, Dreams and Desires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131471 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aab28beb-cf44-454f-8b0d-9f3064873032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What are your wishes, dreams and desires? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c434182-fe99-4893-9b8c-ca24744608b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mine are very simple. To love as much as I can, give as much as I can and to live a healthier life. <BR> <BR> That's it! It's pretty simple. How about you? Can you list at least 3 things? <BR> <BR> My week is going very well. I hav... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:51:39 EST Let's talk Decorah, Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8125cb0e-8d59-4c09-81b0-83b8f9292055.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every year in the spring and in to June / July I watch the Decorah, Iowa Eagles. They fascinate me. They go through snow covered bodies to keep their eggs warm. They warn each other when danger is near. And those babies,.. OMG!!! They are the cutest things on earth. Watching them from conception to hatching to fledgling is amazing and it can all be done by watching this channel on ustr... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:50:00 EST Learn and Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129875 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a501de19-1ee9-40b5-83a9-cf6047f584cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/learn-and-mo<BR>ve-on/ </link> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you make a mistake? <BR> <BR> Are you like many people who beat themselves up when they commit an error or make an unwise decision? <BR> <BR> Does your inner critic chastise you, pointing out other foibles that you may have c... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:02:03 EST Burned Biscuits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/baaaf7d3-f6ca-4370-97d6-4875e6cba708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know who wrote this story so I do not know who to give the credit to but it a good one to share. <BR> <BR> Burned Biscuits - A lesson we all should learn. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom pla... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:27:53 EST Last/This weeks goals in "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128589 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cbbd54b-c84a-4c4b-b040-1f027c5e2139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I tried to continue my goal of 5,000 steps a day <BR> 3/26 5,523 <BR> 3/25 6,274 <BR> 3/24 1,316 <BR> 3/23 6,132 <BR> 3/22 4,980 <BR> 3/21 1,196 <BR> 3/20 6,092 <BR> <BR> Overall it wasn't a bad week. My average was 4502. <BR> <BR> This week I'm truly not sure what I want to work on. I'm tired. I'm cranky and that just isn't like me. I have ha... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:07:19 EST THE SCIENTIFIC DEATH OF JESUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127922 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be8e48ce-c641-4b49-897b-f80a05e2d4b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. At the time Crucifixion was the” worst" death. Only the worst Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet. <BR> <BR> Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. No... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:47:32 EST Your Words are Very Powerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126440 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb99e21e-101b-4d53-9b2e-8339fbad4dcc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/words-are-po<BR>werful/ </link> <BR> <BR> There is great power in the words that we utter. It has been said that words are so powerful that when repeated with emotion, they will bring us that which we are affirming. <BR> <BR> The following story demonstrates what can happen when we use words in a d... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:13:29 EST Experience the Power of Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125782 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a38ffce4-6de3-4937-ac33-85651b2040f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/experience-t<BR>he-power-of-commitment/ </link> <BR> <BR> There is a common thread that runs through successful activities, a common trait among successful people, and the key to the achievement of goals. That thread and trait is commitment. Merely wishing that something will occur or hoping that an... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:49:39 EST Yesterday, my day for nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124904 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff267e51-22fb-406a-a234-1c65437da2a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday - on the day preceding this day <BR> My - a form of the possessive <BR> Day - the time between sunrise and sunset <BR> For - with the object or purpose of <BR> Nothing - no thing; not anything; naught <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e1609a9-583b-4529-81be-e4a383c05db9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep that sums up exactly what my day was like. Oh I did laundry, I ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:57:55 EST Let's talk cheerios http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123522 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80454c78-7e13-44e0-a352-748efe742222.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This morning I was thinking (dangerous I know) and I got the bright <em>189</em> idea to see about my morning bowl of Cheerios and what an actual serving size verses what I eat looks like. Now I'm beginning to realize how important it actually is to use those measuring cups. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Value: 1 cup <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f8338b5-1dc6-4afc-92af-c... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:18:05 EST Does Anyone Appreciate All I Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122681 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e0a2dc6-a4fe-4e2e-b470-90240cb7f535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I ask myself this question a lot. I've been at my place of employment for 25 1/2 years. <em>244</em> There is so much I do behind the scenes that I often feel like I am unappreciated and that no one notices the "BIGGER" picture. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, comes to me for advice and sometimes to even do a job because they just don't know how to do it. <BR> <BR> Does this ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 06:21:07 EST 10th anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121973 Today marks the 10th anniversary of my dad's death. He had a slew of health problems but passed away as a result of colon cancer. I cannot stress enough how important it is to heed the early warning signs. Had my dad done that he may still be with us today. <BR> <BR> Early warning signs include but are not limited to: <BR> <BR> Changes in your bowel habits <BR> Constipation <BR> Diarrhea <BR> Alternating diarrhea and constipation <BR> Rectal bleeding or blood in you... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:08:45 EST Not making the grade, but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121177 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8cc007e-bf96-4e3c-aed7-eb0ddd78e3e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Yesterday was my day off. I did not get my 5,000 steps, but did get in 3,024. That was without any formal exercise but let me tell you what I did get accomplished instead: <BR> <BR> 1.) I washed down my bathroom, cupboards and all and changed out the shower curtain and the curtain. <BR> 2.) Mopped and swept 4 floors <BR> 3.) Did dishes (washed, dried and put them a... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:04:23 EST Transform Your Weakness Into Your Greatest Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119599 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bff2c591-71b8-4681-b028-3a7b8e7739dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> Link for article is here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/transform-we<BR>akness-to-strength/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2fe7fbd-a1e7-4277-a20c-c9881ca11aaa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your greatest strength. Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy wh... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:07:03 EST Your Choices = Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118730 Article is by By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster and can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/mmm20141117/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee911d48-7c8b-4b1e-b516-71c824b11547.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why is it that when you are running on a treadmill that 20 minutes seems like an eternity, while 20 minutes doing something that you love, goes by in a blink of the eye? <BR> <BR> Why is it that we are so time-conscious even to the point of reading books or tak... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:11:58 EST Last/This weeks goals in "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b2e6ca4-6da5-4571-8318-a62b65c187d9.png"> <BR> <BR> Last week my goal was to get at least 5000 steps daily. I am happy to say that I did this 6 out of 7 days which is really good for me. I have a sit down job and I find it very difficult to get that many steps in. March 11th I was not feeling well and documented it as such. <BR> <BR> Get at least 5000 steps daily <BR> Mar 06 ~ 6,018 <BR> Mar 07 ~ 6,988 <BR> Mar 08 ~ 8,399 <BR> Mar 09 ~ 5,... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:42:11 EST 3 ladies in a hot tub http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39f8b86b-1b4a-4679-80f0-61c89cf3bb1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A group of women were sitting in a hot tub - one older lady and two slightly younger got chatting, when suddenly there was a beeping sound. The first younger woman pressed her forearm and the beeping stopped. <BR> <BR> The others looked at her questioningly. "That was my pager" she said. "I have a microchip under the skin of my arm." <BR> <BR> A few minutes later a phone rang and the secon... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:24:31 EST Quit Bumping into my Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57b67525-276d-477c-8581-f19731e3a660.png"> <BR> <BR> Today I read a cute blog called "When My Happy Gets Bumped" You can read the full blog by Lysa Terkeurst here <link>proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-au<BR>thor/lysa-terkeurst/ </link> <BR> <BR> She was talking about others bumping into her happy and how the smallest of things can turn in to ultimate proportions. Are you a happy person in the morning by nature? I am! I love my mornin... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:59:15 EST It's a Rainy kinda Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115756 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/749e1e18-22cc-4b48-83bb-54de3e53b946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I'm in Ohio and it's rained all night long, but stayed around 50 degrees. Today's high is 58 with rain most of the day. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep worth a hill of beans last night. I slept about 3 1/2 hours if that much. I think I've come to the conclusion that it was the tea I drank. The past two times I've drank it I've gotten little or no sleep. Good thing I ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:13:47 EST Find Diamonds in Your Backyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113135 Article by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/diamonds-you<BR>r-backyard/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dba03b9-f6a8-4fed-a1ce-075ad74577e5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How often do we look longingly toward others' backyards to what we believe are greener pastures? In doing so, we often fail to see the riches that are in our own surroundings. The failure to bring our focus to our own backyard can gene... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 05:49:33 EST What last week taught me in "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112510 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fca759d7-90e4-4ed6-903a-6833d4f659db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still not going to say that this week beat me. I exercised daily. I gave 2 spark goodies to people in my group "Keep your eyes on the prize" and I documented everything I ate. The good and the bad <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I do need to work on staying w/in calorie range as you can see by the results of my week below. I did however, lose 1 lb this week <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sta... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 10:13:03 EST 7 Things That Might Happen If You Drink a Gallon of Water a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110892 <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/7-<BR>things-that-might-happen-if-you-drink-<BR>a-gallon-of-water-a-day/ss-BBqce3q </link> <BR> <BR> One gallon--or 16 cups. It sounds like a lot, but considering that your body is made up of 60 percent water, it sort of makes sense that you'd need about that much to keep things running smoothly. Here, seven things that might happen if you drank a gallon of water every day. (And yes, we've tried it.) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 06:46:57 EST Master Your Fears and Find Your Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109820 Article written by <BR> Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.workplaceissues.com/master-fears<BR>-find-your-power/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4df572f-7f96-48cf-8a3d-94890808310e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One emotion that we all have in common is that of fear. It is this emotion that can hold us back from our own happiness and can thwart our success. <BR> <BR> I met fear in numerous situations in my life and ch... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:24:18 EST