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/ Happy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480931 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88f4d2a0-696b-447b-a21a-67a871b7c6f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning one and all. To say my trip to Alabama was a whirlwind of adventure would be an understatement. Bobby's funeral was so nice. Alot of his family there and a handful of us from Ohio. Beautiful weather 68 degrees. The sun was shining. He was laid by my sister Connie and they are together once again. We brought his dogs Lil'bit and Sadie home with us and they're with family.... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:57:19 EST Justice for Bobby and his funeral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478493 Per my last blog "I just got a call that my brother-in-law Bobby (my sister Connie's husband) was murdered tonight. I just can't believe it.. So much loss since October (Connie died Oct 24, 2017). Thank God I believe in a higher power. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't" <BR> <BR> You would not believe what we have found out about the woman Bobby met a mere 36 days ago and how this woman manipulated him. He signed everything over to her. A home worth over $200,000, 6 acres of land and h... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 06:40:16 EST I'm heartbroken.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477184 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41e9bc20-3a02-4f2c-8492-8f4c390e22de.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I just got a call that my brother-in-law Bobby (my sister Connie's husband) was murdered tonight. I just can't believe it.. So much loss since October (Connie died Oct 24, 2017). Thank God I believe in a higher power. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 23:31:56 EST Oh Happy Day! I'm so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a7cdceb-d037-4e35-a75e-a94162502ef0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning. Many of you may have read that the agency I currently work for is closing its doors on April 30th. We do have another agency that is taking over the call center (where I work) and our mental health evaluations. I had to re-interview for my current job that I have held for the past 27 years and some odd months. I finally heard back from them today. I not only got the job ... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:25:41 EST My crazy life update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473121 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47bf180f-4dde-4ee0-a3e7-3e47a670785d.gif"> <BR> <BR> Several updates to give you all. <BR> <BR> First, I had an unofficial interview with the CEO of the new agency that will be taking over our phone lines and crisis assessments. He was a very nice man, made me feel right at home and said many times "I can't believe the longevity you have with these two agencies" I hope that is a good thing. They have my resume. I should be called for an i... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:18:38 EST What I do know, as of now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467579 Back on February 15th I blogged : <BR> <BR> "Yesterday they dropped a HUGE bomb on us. FSNO will be closing at the end of April. There will no longer be an agency PERIOD!!! I am floored to say the least." <BR> <BR> A quick update: <BR> Our local ADAMH's Board did purchase our building. For now we are still not quite sure what that will mean. We do not know if they will keep our services there or what they have prepared for the building itself. It is licensed as a Substance Abuse and Men... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:18:31 EST Somebody's Watchin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12b06759-4b71-4a41-8d71-25ed2e315dc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning! <BR> <BR> My family means so much to me. After losing my sister back in October it made me realize even more how we get so wrapped up in daily life that we lose grounding on what is more important. This weekend I couldn't get a tune out of my head or words for that matter so I put together this song. I hope you enjoy it. I actually put a lot of family pictures with it an... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:33:28 EST Don't tell me it will be alright when you don't know yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463303 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eadb5a29-1de6-4cd7-a49c-5b38ce45c0d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This may be a 'B' session or a cry session, I'm not sure which one yet, so be prepared either way. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a staff meeting at work. To give you some background I am a Certified Information & Referral Specialist and a Certified Resource Specialist at a Mental Health Agency that also provides 2-1-1 (Information & Referral) for a four county area. <BR> <BR> I have been at ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:50:29 EST Is It Safe To Leave Your Crock Pot On All Night (Or All Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456389 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4665afe-b867-403f-9052-e9d99e80a0eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is It Safe To Leave Your Crock Pot On All Night (Or All Day)? 7 / <BR> Article can be found here: <link>https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddri<BR>nk/tipsandtricks/is-it-safe-to-leave-y<BR>our-crock-pot-on-all-night-or-all-day/<BR>ar-AAv87tj?li=BBnbfcL </link> <BR> <BR> Slow cookers have long been a source of worry for home cooks, but after Tuesday night’s episode of “This Is Us,” Ameri... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:36:58 EST Let Frustration Drive Creativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451813 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b7ea244-e6e3-4b2f-8a62-1309c1ca13b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/frustration-<BR>can-drive-your-creativity/?#comment </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb0a9bca-69e9-459f-9c6a-8976c9c7b2f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is not unusual for us to encounter situations in our personal and professional lives that are fr... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:20:24 EST A New Year, A New Page, A New Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bda62afe-9645-4a00-ac1e-31c807e1a98b.jpg">' <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/new-year-new<BR>-opportunity/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3a2871f-831a-4034-b5f7-b143eb8ef3eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is something energizing and renewing about opening a brand new calendar with our hands and opening of our minds with ... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 07:11:58 EST After Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447974 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5998aa4d-d5dc-4cc2-b02c-f5e18b6f87be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning all. I hope your January has been a new adventure full of learning new ways to stay healthy and motivated. <BR> <BR> I received a call from my Btr-in-law, Bobby. He was crying, I could barely decipher what he was saying. When he finally gained some control he told me he found a letter my sister Connie had written to him. He's not sure when it was written, but since it was i... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 08:12:17 EST What Happens In Your Body After You Put On Nail Polish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445117 We all do it, well at least most of us, men may not as much.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> According to Health & Fit you may be toxic after putting on fingernail polish. <BR> <BR> You can find their article here: <BR> <link>https://healthyfitpoint.com/happens-<BR>body-put-nail-polish/ </link> <BR> <BR> The majority of women enjoy having their nails painted and decorated. <BR> <BR> But, nail polish contains toxic chemicals which cause external and internal damage to the body. So, what ex... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:24:12 EST It Came Upon A Midnight Clear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443164 Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you are all kicking back and enjoying this beloved day with your family and friends. For those who have loved ones missing let us cherish the times we spent together in nothing but found memories. You may all know I lost my mom in July 2016. In October of this year I lost my younger sister Connie as well. I want to share a song that she sang with all of you. <BR> <BR> It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Connie Cole <BR> <BR> <link>www.singsnap.com/karaoke... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:52:23 EST Tantalizing Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441491 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0489c5d4-6638-4511-baa2-0c7e2c6b1d92.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not really a tantalizing Tuesday but I bet I got your attention right? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For me it's just another day. I work today. Today is our potluck at work, but I never get to join in on the fun because I have to answer phones. So...I'll bring a plate to where I sit and eat it by myself. When we were under First Call For Help we also had a Christmas party catered away... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:36:03 EST Pass the Butter Please.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438790 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21c34401-6409-46d3-8407-bc895d959690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18dc7e93-41a7-45da-be6e-84302a370630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. <BR> <BR> It was a white substan... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 10:59:49 EST It's Just a Thursday Kinda Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e899d1-a222-4dd8-a18b-a68e4803cb8a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It surely is a Thursday.. one day closer to the weekend. <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article and you'll enjoy this if you love history, which I do genealogy so a find like this would be amazing. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbe<BR>at/century-old-time-capsule-unsealed-i<BR>n-new-york/ss-BB8gejB?fullscreen=true#image=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Saying Goodbye ~ <B... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 06:58:19 EST Thoughtful Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54956d68-6beb-4ccd-8d73-9486f5cbb761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What does it mean to be thoughtful? The dictionary describes it as: <BR> <BR> 1. showing consideration for others; considerate. <BR> 2. characterized by or manifesting careful thought : a thoughtful essay. <BR> 3. occupied with or given to thought; contemplative; meditative; reflective: <BR> in a thoughtful mood. <BR> 4. careful, heedful, or mindful: to be thoughtful of one's safety. <BR> ... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:33:53 EST Are you Imprisoned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431237 This blog was written by: Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/are-you-impr<BR>isoned/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcde7d7e-eff5-4d1c-8c79-c5e06d03d0c4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Author Emmett Fox tells a story of a man who became a prisoner for some misdeed that angered the King of his particular country. He was arrested and shut up in a dungeon beneath the castle. <BR> <BR> A ferocious-looking j... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:19:03 EST My sister Connie is gone.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424580 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aedcd4c-2c6c-44dc-bc62-2d029b5de5db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I received a call about 10AM that Connie had passed away. I can't thank you all enough for your prayers and words of comfort. I would also like to share with you the last song she sung. It was Let it Be by the Beatles. To hear the song just hit the link below. <BR> <BR> <link>goclub.us/fowlerfamily/file/7FGj2g5d<BR>p/Let%20It%20Be%20-%20Connie%20Cole.mp3 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247<... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:39:33 EST I'm not ready to say good-bye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424473 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1de69166-78ed-4ad3-a4ec-a207d2d8057f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You heard me I'm not ready to say good-bye yet. My sister Connie, two years younger than I am )55) has always had a slew of medical problems. She's diabetic, over weight, has COPD and a slew of other stuff. <BR> <BR> I visited her in August this year in AL. Such a long trip for me to take, it's over 12 hours from where I live. I could tell then she wasn't in good health. She kept falli... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:36:59 EST The Impact of Your Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13df122d-60d7-4189-adcc-6cdc2c11b8e2.png"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/impact-of-yo<BR>ur-smile/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> In times of confusion, sorrow, frustration and fear, it is difficult to be aware of how one small deed can brush away the aforementioned feelings. <BR> <BR> The inhumane chain effect of our interactions can be harmful communicati... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:29:17 EST Comparing ourselves to others.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418613 Okay show of hands <em>48</em> <em>48</em> <em>48</em> how many of us do this? I know I do. I'd be the first to admit it, but what about how others perceive us? Have you ever thought of that? I'm all for motivation you all know that just from reading my blogs. I do that so it motivates me. I lose motivation very quickly because I get bored very easily. But you know my motivation may motivate others. Sure I'd like to be thinner. I'd like to be prettier, but God made me just as I am and... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:47:47 EST Do Your Best Anyways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f2a56a5-b541-4dc0-89ab-da921e9fa078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/do-your-best<BR>-anyway/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> Occasionally we may feel that it is a waste of time and energy to act with integrity, compassion, and concern for all. Especially when our efforts don't seem appreciated. When rejected, we may be reluctant to try again even t... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:29:18 EST Squeezed by too may demands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7708b54b-c8a9-4800-a540-0b5396beb94d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blog written by Mary Foster <BR> Blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/squeezed-by-<BR>too-many-demands/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> In the southern United States, many trees, buildings, and fences are covered with a vine called kudzu. This aggressive vine grows at the rate of one foot per day during the summertime and it is extremely hardy. Kudzu is killing many of our tre... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:57:27 EST No "Body" is Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f33e6f77-f8c5-46d8-864d-a62c0db9ceee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay....don't ya just love that title? No 'Body' is Perfect. From our heads to our toes we are all different. We eat, drink and love differently. No doubt about it! So...what's going on with this you might say? There is a wonderful video here on SP. Crushing the ''Perfect'' Body Mold, One Mannequin at a Time <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:28:07 EST Remembering Elvis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400523 01/08/1935 - 08/16/1977 <BR> <BR> After a lot of long research I was able to finally link Elvis Presley to my Hood line. You see my GGGrandmother Amanda Hood and his Grandmother Minnie Mae Hood were cousins, which also makes me and Elvis cousins, but did you know he had a twin brother? His name was Jessie Garon Presley. Stillborn Twin brother of Elvis Presley. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Tupelo, Mississippi. A Cenotaph was placed at Graceland in his memory. <BR> <BR> Anyone who hea... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:07:07 EST Success Requires Internal Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395415 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1538080-7b75-468e-9c28-1afe8ad156a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/success-disc<BR>ipline/#comment </link> <BR> <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 pr... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 06:39:17 EST Where does your happiness lay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394539 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/167481f3-dba8-4691-b387-67484a49245a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I was reading "Common Myths About Happiness" here on SP. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=903 </link> <BR> <BR> And I have to tell ya,, there was a paragraph that truly stood out to me: <BR> <BR> "One of the main tenets of Buddhism states that simply wanting people, things or situations creates unhappiness. For example, if you did... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:08:44 EST What does it mean to you to be happy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389686 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6e6c9e-6867-4bed-8976-e0099c53eacb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What does it mean to you to be happy? <BR> <BR> Do you place emphasis on how you are feeling, what you are doing or where you are in life right now? What is your happy place? What does it consist of? Is it time to re-prioritize your life? <BR> <BR> Below is an article <BR> <link>www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sustainab<BR>le-happiness/10-things-science-says-wi<BR>ll-make-you </link> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:42:14 EST Because, mom and dad taught me that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387225 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aa1d8b8-b48a-4cb3-8bb0-135a53002931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Thursday I had a job interview. Same agency just a different department. Mind you, I've been with this same agency for 26 3/4 years. I know most of what goes on there and I've seen every change imaginable. The job I applied for was an Administrative Tech. It meant having all weekends off, all holidays off and not having to get someone to work for you so you could get a vacation. <BR> ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:54:50 EST In case you didn't know (Bonus Flags/Points are back) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385917 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/991cf943-4dc4-416b-aa12-766bd8aa6af2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you heard it right and unless you didn't already know I'll explain to you how to get to them. <BR> <BR> Look under My Trackers, My SparkPoints, Find Community and there you have it the Team Bonus points are there towards the bottom of that section. Here are my bonus points for today. WooHoo Go Treasure Trove.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e468a02b-3b70... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:42:01 EST Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Back In Time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384739 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/874b1d30-7ea4-45a2-98ba-43ac325ae405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning my mind has been racing back to when I was a kid. Different images keep popping up. I'm not sure why I'm being nostalgic this morning, but it's okay. Our memories are free and we can go back in time anytime we want to. God sure made us in peculiar ways, didn't he? <BR> <BR> I remember once disobeying my mom. I was probably about three years old. She was canning and sent ... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:46:15 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379795 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7a0f524-b165-4fa6-b271-d67942401583.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In case I missed commenting back to anyone who reviewed my blog "How do you control your worry?" I wanted to say a big <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/408ddba5-f2e6-4a65-b564-bf94adcdade2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The response on that blog was the biggest I had ever received. I tried to keep up with thanking everyone but just in case I missed anyone I wanted you to know... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:18:51 EST How do you control your worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5411b67a-ddd2-4a85-9dce-c32fd64ebc6e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many times are you faced with worry? Several hundred times a day? If so, you aren't far behind everyone else. In our society it seems like an everyday occurrence. Our worrisome thoughts seem to go round and round in our head throughout our day. There is however, something we can do to keep from being a worrywart. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> We will need to find out what is making us ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:59:11 EST Thoughtful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375384 So today is a blessing. I'm up! I'm awake! I'm ready to seize the day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b216637-b0aa-458b-9e07-53179ca6aa17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My co-worker and I have had a blast this week since she's been back. There's nothing like being able to laugh-out-loud during your work day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e6cf723-5067-498e-b6f1-6ebbf862d384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And that is all I have to say about that!!! <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:01:18 EST All Good Things Are Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dda79c97-1a32-44b8-a3a1-29068e2f0a17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/all-good-thi<BR>ngs-are-yours/ </link> <BR> This article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> A frustrated and desolate young woman was most unhappy with her life. She was at that point where she did not have a sense of where her life was going or where her professional journey would take her. <BR> <BR> One day, she spe... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:49:38 EST Are You Afraid Of Your Wardrobe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371961 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ca98bab-470e-4b97-913c-c28213a55be0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I am. How many of us have lost weight already? <em>213</em> I have, and I'm pretty sure all of you have already. Now.. my quandary is buying clothes. I still keep wanting to buy a bigger size even though I've lost 2 sizes. <BR> <BR> Why can't my mind get in the groove of my body? I gave away 2 bags of clothes yesterday. Boom!!!! Out of the closet they went and to other family me... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:02:16 EST Your Check Up From the Neck Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371301 This article/blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/check-up-nec<BR>k-up/#comment </link> <BR> Article/blog was written by: Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0ec4f1d-167f-4bea-9509-0b3a2cbd000b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Periodically I take a moral inventory of my life up until that time in my journey. I call it "my check up from the neck up." I do this as a way of course correction when I feel as though I have made some poor or in... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:22:57 EST It Is Not What We Say, It Is How We Say It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd299bcf-dfe5-49d9-b068-0a92809697e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/it-is-not-wh<BR>at-we-say-it-is-how-we-say-it/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever been surprised by someone's response to a remark that you have made? <BR> <BR> Have you ever been hurt or offended by a comment uttered by a co-worker, friend, or family member? <BR> <BR> If so, was it t... Mon, 29 May 2017 12:14:20 EST Requesting Prayers for my brother David http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43c57be1-3acd-4691-80e2-d23f2aa2dfeb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent 4 1/2 hours last night at the ER with my brother. He had routine lab work done yesterday at his doctors, received a call by 4:30PM asking him to go to the ER for what we thought were going to be IV fluids. His Creatinine level was 5.1 (at the docs) 5.4 (at the ER) normal range is 0.7-1.3 Creatinine and BUN measure how well your kidneys are functioning. His were 5x higher than the... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:47:06 EST Yesterday at the pain specialist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46d8961f-dbd2-4412-b647-9e52b72528ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday at the pain specialist, while getting my injection of synvisc the doc asked me how my sciatic was doing. I told him about my shoe technique. He was dumbfounded. But, then he told me, whatever works, I'm just happy to see you not in tears anymore. Both times I've been to him I was in severe pain, even having that sciatic nerve block completed, he was thrilled for me. Oh, and by ... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:47:29 EST Happy Thursday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8613501-372b-4369-b651-c5ca20f70a3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today I start my first injection of Synvisc for my left knee. It puts lubrication back into that knee where there isn’t any. Synvisc (hylan G-F 20) is a type of osteoarthritis knee pain treatment called a viscosupplement or hyaluronan injection prescribed for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in patients who have failed to respond to simple analgesics. Th... Thu, 18 May 2017 09:18:13 EST Learn and Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f9840be-49e5-44ae-afe3-6a31baf73fe1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> You can find the blog here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/learn-and-mo<BR>ve-on/#comment </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... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:13:48 EST For anyone suffering from sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38d92f51-ce26-4af9-a01b-0f4dec1877b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is sciatic nerve pain? <BR> <BR> What is sciatica? (Per MedMD) <BR> <BR> Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. It goes down through the buttock, then its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle a... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:56:29 EST Momma Can We Hold You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358575 This song was written for my mom Janey Carroll. She passed away July 1, 2016. I hope you enjoy the words <BR> <BR> Momma Can We Hold You (One More Time Before You Go?) <BR> By Donna G Fowler <BR> Tempo 95, Chord C <BR> Campfire, Fingerpicking Ballad <BR> <BR> Verse 1: <BR> Momma can we hold you, one more time before go? <BR> And tell you that we love you so, that you’ll always know. <BR> Mom you only asked for, just a little of our time <BR> But our lives got in the way and now we’re out ... Sat, 6 May 2017 20:25:45 EST Friday humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fe74c7d-7f24-4bea-a5ae-f0bb8e0a787c.jpg"> Fri, 5 May 2017 07:00:40 EST What? I have to exercise everyday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355951 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d2712ca-8088-41a1-bb1c-6230fa70df08.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay folks I'm not sure about you but I do not know if I could become a LLEE. That stands for Lifetime Effective Exerciser. This morning I was reading the "10 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers by our one and only Ellen Goldman. You can read it here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2012 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking to myself.. You have got to be kidd... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:40:29 EST Yesterday was tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecfd0d8a-5f26-429a-8822-2a69e8180e2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday marked a year to the day that mom suffered her stroke. She would eventually pass away on July 1st, never even being able to come home. It was a tough day. I love my mom so much and miss her daily. Seeing my post come up on Face Book yesterday was tough to say the least. I've been writing a song in remembrance of her. I wrote one for my dad as well. This is one way I help the ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:44:50 EST I take it all back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bf69500-0e29-4be8-b8c1-77e5ed12eb0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay...so I don't have poison ivy after all. What I do have our hives caused by a new medication I was trying to help with my sciatic nerve pain. I now know I'm highly allergic to Trileptal. I started wheezing really bad so I went to my doctor yesterday, that's how we determined the real cause. I had suspected as much since I know I don't have poison ivy growing around my house or ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:27:17 EST