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/ Contending with poison ivy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4101793-70e4-4322-8104-8e793e5f4919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello and good evening to everyone. I made my second trip in two days to the ER for poison ivy. I'm extremely allergic to it. The ER doc this second time just kept saying "WOW! Oh WOW" you know it's bad when they say that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55e7c9ed-a5a6-458b-b210-e721a4a0f4a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My back, left arm and neck area. <BR> <BR> It's on ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:56:07 EST Did I tell you guys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16e3ffc9-89d7-4e0b-9f32-b3b55015ea7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday morning I twisted just right. Thought I had screwed something else up because my side hurt for awhile, but guess what? NO SCIATIC NERVE PAIN SINCE MONDAY!!!!! Can I get a <em>244</em> ? I'm not holding my breath. It may be short lived but did I tell you? NO SCIATIC NERVE PAIN SINCE MONDAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm having some spasms but when you consider I've lived with this tremen... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:14:26 EST How to Get Along With Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350049 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71c4d00f-db56-4361-afc8-3a11597168af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/how-to-get-a<BR>long-with-others/#commentform </link> <BR> <BR> How to Get Along With Others <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f624ab0-b6c8-414e-b77d-199ca0addc91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is one of the most frustrating situations in our personal and pro... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:39:07 EST Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347847 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5375367d-2a13-4efd-aede-ee430a244a88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was part of the 5% Spring Challenge working with the Determined Daisy Team. I re-injured my knee yesterday in physical therapy. I'm waiting on word from my doctor on what to do. I need a left knee replacement and it looks as though it may be sooner than later. I'm walking fully with a cane this morning although it feels like I need the walker so may end up using that instead. I have c... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:56:55 EST Do You Have Intentions or Wishes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f12b0d18-bdfe-41ca-a209-91087108a87a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/intentions-o<BR>r-wishes/#commentform </link> <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, let's say that you wished to go to a particular spot for vacation; or you wished that you had a c... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:36:25 EST Rethinking my position... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32014bed-b63d-484f-a903-eda48257ae4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I posted this picture in the community feed that rolls across everyone's page that most people don't want anyways. <BR> <BR> ---------- SPARK_COACH_JEN wrote: ---------- <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> We don't allow religious messages in the Community Feed (only on personal SparkPages and SparkTeams of a religious nature), since religion can be such a hot-button issue. I had to remove today's ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:27:54 EST April Dedication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b16f01e0-d921-4a26-9f5f-90468ca03c07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I joined a Spring Challenge. I'm a Daisy. It's a 5% challenge. I have to weigh in weekly and of course document all kinds of other good stuff. I'm dedicating this challenge to my mom. She had her stroke in April 2016. On the 26th to be exact. Many of you may know she passed away July 1st. She never returned home. She never got to see everything we did in her ho... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:11:12 EST 40 things about me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341587 I was invited by bluejay1969 to do this so I decided it was time for me to do it too! Feel free to do it yourself and leave it in the comments so I can read about you! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Nope! Never! Nada! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Hills Bros Cappuccino <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> HS Di... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:24:15 EST What's new with you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338805 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb2e2163-c3b5-4085-89bc-0cb4ddb26dbd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'm just letting by SP Buddies know that starting next week on Friday I will begin 6 wks of physical therapy for my left knee and for my right side sciatic pain. The doc wasn't too hip on giving me another injection since the first one didn't work so I (Bolded and underlined) asked about physical therapy to see if that would help alleviate some of the pain I'm in. This mornin... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:21:06 EST Do you have POP in your home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5543d5c-c6df-4c89-a2d0-e7f3eebcd8d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Come on folks….do you? You know what I’m talking about. Just like there’s TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) there is POP (Packing on the Pounds) <BR> <BR> We’ve all been there and done it. He sneaks back into our houses. At first we are unaware of him being there. We have been on a roll. We have stuck to our plan. We have made a goal and it was a good one. <BR> <BR> Then…little by l... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:50:39 EST Experiencing the Power of Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/513ef489-60ef-41d6-8f4b-0f9721490e37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I signed up for a 5% Spring Challenge. You can find the team here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68315 </link> <BR> <BR> I am going to experience the power of my commitment to this team. I have joined the Daisies. It's been awhile since I've been committed to anything. It's time that I start jump myself again. I've put weight on ov... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:14 EST Update on my daughter, Kishwa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af493be5-8996-4a70-aede-93ad631449b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Just a quick update on my daughter, Ki. She's still in the hospital after having gastric bypass surgery on Monday. She now has a condition known as Tachycardia, also called tachyarrhythmia, is a heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate. In general, a resting heart rate over 100 beats per minute is accepted as tachycardia in adults. Heart rates above the resti... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:59:51 EST The morning after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00b115ac-fb9b-405c-8587-87382873fca3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kishwa's gastric bypass surgery is over. Per her posting about 10 hours ago: <BR> <BR> "Omg so sore, it hurts to breath bc of the gas they pumped my abdomen with. But, everything went ok, however the surgeon did nick my spleen while in surgery. Said my liver looks really good! If all goes well I should be able to come home tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good night, if you can plz continue ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:26:42 EST Scared to death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0eac1fc2-668c-414c-946d-d444d789bd5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today my oldest daughter Kishwa (39) is having gastric bypass surgery done. I've not mentioned it before as I was praying she would not go through with it. I've had a bad feeling about it all along and truthfully I'm scared to death for her and what can go wrong. For those that may not know what GB: <BR> <BR> Gastric bypass surgery refers to a surgical procedure in... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 06:44:24 EST And the pain returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0ed955a-ad6d-494a-b224-68e795654c37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good evening everyone. I hope your day has been a better one than mine has. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I had my follow-up apt today regarding my sciatic nerve block, which by the way, was short lived. On Saturday it started hurting again. Currently my pain level is at a 4. I sure didn't think it would return again so quickly. But on a happier note I went 9 days without any pain and that... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:49:17 EST The Key to Staying Locked in on Your Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319724 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/918b288b-5997-42e7-844d-5fd00ab7aec2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by : Mary Kleim <BR> About Mary: Mary Kleim is a creative writer and marketing specialist. She is working on several projects dedicated to education and self-growth. <BR> <BR> This blog can be found in its entirety here: <BR> <link>thepositivitysolution.com/guest-post<BR>-the-key-to-staying-locked-in-on-your-<BR>priorities/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:40:46 EST A simple update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317329 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50cab332-111d-4786-ac54-72bd1df7db64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my sciatic nerve block done. I have to say it was one of the best choices I have ever made. This morning I woke up with just a tinge of sciatic and only when I over stretched my leg. <BR> <BR> This procedure is very simple. It is done in a hospital setting for sterilization purposes. I was on one bed, rolled on to my stomach on the o... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:24:31 EST Experience the Power of Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd3e6f47-d3a1-409e-8649-d732ba436d6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> The article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/experience-t<BR>he-power-of-commitment/#commentform </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 s... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:13:01 EST Continuing to own it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314851 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/146c631c-c303-4bce-a04a-35ff27086978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my cat Trouble. He is almost 15 years old. Since his sister momma died in November he's been steadily losing weight. He weighed at one time 14 lbs. He now weighs about 9. I did however find he has a cyst area on his bottom that does have a green pus-like substance coming from it. Looks like it's a trip to the vet for this big guy. <BR> <BR> Now the owning it part... <BR> <BR>... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:30:05 EST Owning it all.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e4f719a-8366-4479-afba-1a1d10479eed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Been a week since I've updated everyone on the opportunity I was handed re: writing songs with Lance Tooley. I sent him one of my songs. He didn't dislike it but this was his comment <BR> <BR> "Hi Donna....thank you for sending your song. Firstly let me tell you how surprised I was when I heard your voice, you have a true talent there gal, a real country sound. As for the song, it misses... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:53:42 EST What an opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e9f3ec-610e-43b8-adcd-0c959ee30efc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I received the following message the other day... <BR> <BR> "Hi Donna, Getta mentioned you write country music...check out my site www.lancewtoohey.com and listen to the works of Mason Douglas.....if you think you could and would like to collab on a couple of songs, just leave a message and I'll get back to you <BR> <BR> <link>www.lancewtoohey.com </link> <BR> <BR> Ya all know that I ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:08:36 EST Being Mentally Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306343 We are almost through January and there is no better time than the present (be it Jan 1 or now) to develop new habits, right? If that is true than how much did you control what you did in this first month? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4bd0001-91f0-4740-a0bd-c2a267c47c07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this quote overrated? Did you know that you are truly the only person that can completely 100% change yourself; inside and out. Seriously don’t you think this could hold the ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:24:49 EST No more sparkin for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305471 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04062f23-86f8-45d1-9637-45b5e63aeb42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Yep you read it right. No more sparkin for me. At least not with my spark activity tracker. Mine quit syncing a few days ago. I noticed the battery was low so I changed it. It still wouldn't sync, so I uninstalled it only to find out it won't reinstall anymore. I knew the activity tracker was going to be finished as of February 25th (I believe that's the correct d... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:32:59 EST The Big Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302996 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d84b8de7-b22f-4bae-ad6b-463c7611ede3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday I finally broke down and went to the ER. My sciatic had me reeling in pain to the point of literally sobbing. I could barely lift my right let off of the floor and honestly it felt better dragging it then using it. When I went to the ER I told them at the desk about my fall back in October and that I felt I needed to have the leg xrayed in case there was something else going on wit... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:44:42 EST Handle Others With Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f30288c2-450f-4c36-813e-5f63bfbb1761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> The article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/handle-other<BR>s-with-care/ </link> <BR> <BR> On occasion, we will see a container marked "Handle with Care" cautioning the handlers that the contents inside are fragile. Presumably, the handlers will be diligent and respectful of the contents and will cautiously c... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:33:51 EST On the edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298600 This morning I literally was on the edge. Meaning I overshot my bed when trying to roll out of it with pillows in between my legs to stop the sciatic from hurting so bad while getting out of bed. I was 1/2 in, 1/2 out of my bed. Unable to get up. Screaming for my daughter who was upstairs and could not hear me. Crying so hard because the pain was so bad. I again feel I have no lower body strength. I struggled for over 10 minutes trying to slid myself back up on the side of the bed so ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:15:27 EST What to do with this dang fitbit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297160 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2f504b0-91f0-4eb7-a83e-3ea6d5d53813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday a co-worker gave me a fitbit Charge HR. I'm having the dangest time synching this it. It keeps telling me I have to update. So I try that and still nothing. It isn't recording any of my steps, sleep pattern etc. I'm sure it's something so simple a kid could do it but this kid is big and can't.. lol. <BR> <BR> So....anyways...I got a free fitbit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:57:51 EST What I've noticed in the past few months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295894 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45638ef7-df47-4064-a6c5-0a92e2aa50ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Many of you may remember I took a tumble helping my brother move on Oct 29. It really messed up my left knee disintegrating any cartledge that was left in it. On November 1st I was able to get a ketorolac injection in it. That lasted about a week shy of 3 months. Last night I got another ketorolac injection. Both times I've had this injection it has sky rocketed by blood sugar. The first... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:10:05 EST So very disappointed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295103 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14b09145-5fcf-4a41-a944-629836502794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning. My title is a bummer this morning I know. The reason for my disappointment is the message I received when I opened up my emails this morning from SP: <BR> <BR> "As a loyal member of SparkPeople and a SAT user, we wanted to give you a heads up about some changes that will be coming soon. When we decided to offer our own fitness tracker to our members, we partnered with Fitlin... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:39:48 EST Free Activity Burn Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b91f3332-e79e-4e50-ab30-3331bccf92b1.jpg"> <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> Motivational Quote of ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 06:23:26 EST What True Weight Really Looks Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293762 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/899b2e7d-cf51-47b7-a469-a8617cb0c6a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> STOP comparing yourself to others! Our bodies are ALL different... What you weigh is not as important as how you feel. Celebrate your uniqueness, there is only one YOU! ~ Brett Hoebel <BR> <BR> Each and every one of these ladies weight 154 lbs. Do you see the difference? It's because of their height and maybe even their ages. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fbf2... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:16:27 EST Is Today Your Present? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293091 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5844c242-ed64-48e7-860f-b03b3e903daa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you truly ever thought about this saying? I have extensively. Sometimes we look so forward to the future or reminisce about our past so much we truly miss today. <BR> <BR> Our society is such a hurried one. I'm always reminded of the saying "Give my patience Lord, but hurry." Are you like that? Can you taste something so bad that you want it to be here so quickly that you may miss ever... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:17:33 EST Your New Year's Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289686 This blog was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/new-year-cha<BR>nges/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9478c71-0747-4ec9-99a7-2bf80a189f23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The beginning of each year brings the opportunity for planned personal or professional change. The challenge to those who want to improve aspects of your life is to have clarity, stay the course, celebrate each day that actions are taken in fur... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:45:41 EST New Year's Resolution...Nope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287323 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35f59c39-7c11-4bc5-b7d3-7380ccd64b41.jpg"> <BR> <BR> New Year's Resolution...Nope <BR> <BR> What I mean to say is SMART Goals...Yep <BR> <BR> See the difference? A resolution well is just that...the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts. But you see...it doesn't give it a goal. it's an act. That is the difference <BR> <BR> SMART Goals on the other hand are: Specific, Measurable, Attaina... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:57:06 EST Your Powerful Affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286877 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12eb0223-11c3-4e3f-b5f7-a549095ec6a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/powerful-aff<BR>irmations/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e912fe14-ed31-4991-93ee-f5019429605e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At the end of each Monday Motivating Moment, we include an affirmation for the week. Some of our readers have reported usin... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:26:34 EST So...now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285836 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716e400d-b960-43d3-82fb-d43bf51a075a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've never said this before, but...I'm so thankful Christmas is over with. And..I've come to a decision...I'm never doing a Christmas dinner again at my house. You may ask yourself why? <BR> <BR> My mom was the glue that held our family together after dad passed away 11 years ago. When she passed away July 1st. our whole family dynamic changed. We no longer did our Sunday dinners togethe... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:59:54 EST There is a Star that Shines so Bright http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35012998-6db2-4b64-9e4f-f4f08896091c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>goclub.us/fowlerfamily/file/77T82pxw<BR>q/There%20Is%20A%20Star%20That%20Shine<BR>s%20So%20Bright.mp3 </link> <BR> <BR> There Is A Star That Shines So Bright© <BR> Donna G Fowler ~ November 2, 2008 <BR> Chord: ______ Tempo: ________ <BR> <BR> Verse 1 <BR> There is a star that shines so bright <BR> in Bethlehem tonight <BR> It brought the Shepherds from afar <BR> a perfect guidin... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:35:27 EST Christmas Hallelujah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284449 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4bdcb8e-51ed-4abd-9dbf-9ea21f38eb03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning. I just want to share my version of the song Hallelujah. I rewrote the words to be a Christmas Hallelujah instead. I hope you enjoy the words.... <BR> <BR> <link>goclub.us/fowlerfamily/file/77P7Ai0q<BR>J/Christmas%20Halleluja58.mp3 </link> <BR> <BR> Christmas Hallelujah <BR> By Donna Fowler <BR> December 6, 2015 <BR> <BR> I heard there was a Christ child born <BR> Earl... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:55:14 EST What is gone in my life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283202 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9edf816-8304-4aaa-900c-2f7bcf0d10f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. You may have noticed I've been missing steps the past couple of days. I lost my spark tracker....I wore it the 17th. Couldn't find it on the 18th in the morning. I checked my work place, my house, outside. It had just vanished. Sunday evening I asked my daughter if she still used hers. She said it hadn't tracked anything since September when it came off of her s... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:20:19 EST You can belong to all the teams you want.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281969 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d70de25-3b9e-43fc-accb-874604a581b0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can belong to all the teams you want but unless you are actively participating it doesn't matter anyways. <BR> <BR> This is my own pep talk. I'm not speaking to anyone else (unless the shoe fits.) <BR> <BR> I belong to five teams. Two of those are part of the monthly challenges which after my 30 days I leave them and move on to another two. <BR> <BR> But the other three. Well I'm m... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:32:51 EST Suicide and Crisis Lines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280850 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16734406-94e6-411b-9ba3-371c648e9d4b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Recently I had an interview with the Bryan Times newspaper in our area about Suicide Prevention. Below is the article in its entirety. Please.. please..if you need help call the Suicide Prevention Line closest to you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f06123ac-362e-4dfc-a4e3-e9076068c271.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3030d17-9423-4ab8-af2c... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:47:20 EST Enjoy Your Slow Dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2ebaa23-ef5e-457f-96a4-c7020679644a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/slow-down-en<BR>joy-life/ </link> <BR> <BR> I recently needed to be reminded of the point made in the poem below. Maybe this reminder will also be helpful for you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77148cff-25aa-4bfc-a01d-5df6c503a1f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Slow Dance... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:50:05 EST Sciatica, I've been doing it all wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278975 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9936cedd-2340-43d8-84f7-5541196ce2c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You may remember my telling you all i was having some Sciatica nerve problems. I've been doing a lot of research and turned to WebMD for further information. The exercises I thought were helping are actually having the reverse effect. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> Sitting, standing for a long time, and movements that cause the spine to flex (such as knee-to-chest exercises) may make symptoms w... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:53:13 EST Cooking with Enthusiasm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dc0eb6d-2bfa-41c9-8fd1-ccd940c8113c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article is by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c69b469-54b2-4c3b-abaa-87fe91629f3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Monday morning. <BR> <BR> Does this describe you? <BR> <BR> Instead of looking forward to the week, you are looking forward to Friday. You may actually dread the work week so much that the negativity spills over into your personal life. The ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:40:12 EST Drum roll please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276058 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b84484f-c15a-44cf-b02f-af0540e339a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bronze for 25k-40k steps, Silver for 40k-60k steps, Gold for 60k or more steps <BR> <BR> This weeks progress so far: <BR> Monday - 9,627 Steps and a total of 90 minutes of exercise. (60 minutes trackable on my spark activity tracker) <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 8,151 Steps and a total of 89 minutes of exercise (42 minutes trackable on my spark activity tracker) <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Rest day, ste... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:58:43 EST Taking Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/affa4af0-2357-4d0b-802e-651c605f426c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our lives improve only when we take chances... and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Walter Anderson <BR> <BR> Don't you just love this quote? I do. Today I was reviewing my spark trophies for using my activity tracker. I started back in 2013. I could see a trend. The first week I was getting used to it. The next two months I was in the gol... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:56:43 EST Tired but feeling good it's almost over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274736 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/317a94e5-add6-469e-8984-3982b4e104ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent almost 8 hours helping my brother move. I'm tired and sore but we only have a few more things to do in the house and he'll be finished and then my sister Gerri can move in to my mom's house. Although I said I wasn't going to be doing any documented exercise yesterday. I did count for at least 4 hours of moving and packing boxes. I didn't get as many steps as I would hav... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:41:07 EST Not quite enough, but more than before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21a5484c-9b94-47fa-9674-a9f931789914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move." ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> My goal to finish out the month and first week of December was to do 60 minutes of exercise daily. Get at least 6000 steps in daily and just try to be more active. My days off are Wednesday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> Monday - 9,627 Steps and a tota... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:15:02 EST Dents in Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273686 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0a6a75e-a891-4488-80bb-8b1d0c0ba609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/dents-your-l<BR>ife/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is not unusual for us to get so caught up in meeting our needs, desires, and goals that we lose sight of what is happening around us. <BR> <BR> From time to time, we may be stopped in our tracks by some unusual event that will cause us to pay a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:03:04 EST The Simplest of Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/206edf19-be49-478e-be2f-78d0d71f3ff8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So is she saying we are all doing this backwards? Hmmm....sometimes you can't believe everything you read or see on the internet. <em>334</em> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:03:34 EST