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/ Getting off the Fence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226386 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0e4b085-bac8-4a81-8320-a3e9e7635af2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by Shola <BR> This article can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/getting-of<BR>f-the-fence/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00ed8526-0e55-434f-a754-97bc32904f96.jpg"> <BR> "I really want to (insert goal here), but I'm not sure if it will work out. What do you think that I should do?" <BR> <BR> The goal could be an... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:22:22 EST The Epic Gift of Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225738 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/755177ef-8209-4f1b-95e2-60ae7d64e7aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article blog was written by: Shola <BR> The article blog can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/silence/#m<BR>ore-4719 </link> <BR> <BR> I think that it's time that you stop talking. <BR> <BR> I'm not trying to be rude, but seriously - stop talking. <BR> <BR> Before you think this another one of my infamous April Fools pranks, I promise that I'm being dead serious. Th... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:18:29 EST Taking it off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e3cab93-294e-4bcb-b46a-34fe4bebd4da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week I made a healthy decision for me. I took off my pedometer. I was finding myself getting disappointed at the end of every day not making my steps. It was disheartening. I know there are other things I am doing to keep this weight off and still continue in the right direction and I did not need this daily sadness at the end of the day. So.....I took it off... that's right. It's... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:44:59 EST Understand First, Then Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222929 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f939aac5-5c9f-4380-b9be-9208556b13ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article / blog written by: Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> Article / blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/understand-t<BR>hen-act/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5678156c-531f-4ea8-9487-c76326b72fe0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes in the chaos, challenges, and inconveniences in our lives, it is possible to miss the smallest message with the... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:10:34 EST Being Your Own Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d86d4fc6-7b25-4559-8779-4207e9e22707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article / blog was written by Shola <BR> The article / blog can be found in its entirety here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/being-your<BR>-own-hero/#more-2765 </link> <BR> <BR> One day I was teaching a customer service class, and I remember a woman complaining non-stop about how miserable she was in her job. <BR> <BR> She went on and on about how she hated all of her coworkers,... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:00:14 EST Falling Into the Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220254 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a18d6931-4036-4006-8cdb-310238fb29ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article / blog was written by Shola <BR> The article / blog can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/falling-in<BR>to-the-trap/#more-5407 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/775927a4-b10e-400f-b350-112edce7de73.jpg"> <BR> Don't you wish that your life was this good? Well, maybe it is. <BR> <BR> Have you fallen into the trap before? <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:16:44 EST Forgive to be Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c04d308d-c070-4329-a1ae-2f8c4e019443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article / blog was written by Shola <BR> This article / blog can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/forgive-to<BR>-be-free/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a46e5423-a97c-4c4a-bd34-9edeba00979b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Freedom and forgiveness -... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:28:01 EST After the Slash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217103 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0491021a-0f7b-4682-aef0-e3de4d0ea0ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article / Blog was written by Shola <BR> Article / Blog can be found in its entirety here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/slash/#mor<BR>e-3406 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/333ef59f-e076-4b53-a378-5d5edfd162f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is nothing more important in the world than this. When you're done reading this post, I'm confident that you'll agree ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 06:08:28 EST What's Really Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216618 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/637db3e1-37b5-414c-988f-f7765f742058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article / blog was written by Shola <BR> You can find the entire article here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/whats-real<BR>ly-important/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Don't mistake movement for achievement. It's easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?" - Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> Isn't it funny that when many people are asked the simple question, "hey, how are you d... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:56:20 EST 7 Ways That People Die Before They're Actually Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215345 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a4898a0-7e8c-4fa3-97ef-640faa6a6711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was not written by me but by Shola <BR> Complete article can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/7-ways-to-<BR>die/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8822e1d-3297-40a2-b06d-63e2e58a2499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This might as well be our view of the world if we choose to die before we're actually dead. <BR> <BR> "Everyone dies. Not every... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:25:26 EST Goodness from Negative Situations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214722 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6961236-b1b1-40d9-b99a-b5e7ae93288f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.workplaceissues.com/goodness-neg<BR>ative-situations/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is easy to become negative when surrounded by the challenges in our personal or professional lives. Negativity can become habit forming. If un-noticed and un-addressed, negativity can lead to an unsatisfying life. <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:19:26 EST The Illusion of Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfff521c-8874-4ed6-a802-338c32b8453a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Shola <BR> Article can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/the-illusi<BR>on-of-better/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is what I believe. <BR> <BR> If you're the type of guy/gal who is super sweet and nice to the CEO (or any executive) of your company, but you also consistently treat the janitors or the front line staff in your company like crap, then there's... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 06:08:50 EST Oh Yes I Did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e920194f-83ac-48bf-8855-468723edf586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I kinda bummed around. Got up around 8 am. By 9 am I was getting my hair permed, something that needed done badly. I came home by noon and started scanning pictures. I scanned until 5 pm without a break. Ran to Dairy Queen and got a chicken strip meal. I needed something in my stomach. Before I went there I ran into Family Dollar and bought kitty litter and a think of Sugar W... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 06:46:13 EST Just Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210789 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca1a9f0a-8bd5-4dd2-ae31-a43a0203c51c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Story blog by Shola <BR> Entire blog can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/just-today<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just Today: A Success Story <BR> <BR> There is no doubt in my mind that everyone reading these words has a big goal that they want to achieve. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's getting out from under a mountain of debt and starting a savings account. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's enrol... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 06:18:15 EST Being an imposter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210219 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d64e5b96-af36-4f0b-a7c0-d5de0143f1bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning one and all. I was reading a blog called "Being a Fraud: Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome" by Shola <BR> You can read the article here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/impostor-s<BR>yndrome/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have you felt it before? <BR> <BR> The sinking feeling that you've been fooling everyone into thinking that you're better, smarter and more qualified than you real... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:47:12 EST When Others Want You To Stay Small http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209091 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/650957b3-b51a-4916-ab14-bd2ffc2e048a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Shola <BR> Complete article can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/stay-small<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is only a small portion of the article, please read all of it, Thank you. <BR> <BR> Living Small <BR> <BR> Sadly, in our lives there will always be people who want you to play small, live small, and be small. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:35:37 EST Yesterday, my do nothing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208083 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e2bd25e-58b8-43f0-8d01-c3bfcb3d629b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided not to do anything at all. I mean literally nothing. No house cleaning, no exercising, no watching calories. I NEEDED TO JUMP START MYSELF AGAIN. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91ef0e9a-8722-4f1b-852e-83d6ebc7d2d6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the sun, I visited with my mom's sister Joan. I did nothing and I enjoyed it. Now while I'm not goi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:36:58 EST There's a Lady at the Gym Who Hates Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4937194f-3576-4e99-b709-5d4bbd6e4d86.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Lysa TerKeurst <BR> Article can be found here: <link>proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-au<BR>thor/lysa-terkeurst/page/6/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) <BR> <BR> There's a lady a... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:29:35 EST Your Synergistic Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206808 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/004c8a60-2cad-418d-a111-4b2204f526ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.workplaceissues.com/synergistic-<BR>connections/ </link> <BR> <BR> I recently read about an Egyptian bird known as the Egyptian Plover. This feathered crocodile cleaner hops right into the open mouth of the Nile crocodile to remove parasites, which collect in the crocodile's mouth. The big anima... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:49:20 EST Slowly Slipping Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206193 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25465d71-1034-4b8a-85fc-f1cc380a1af6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I find myself slowly slipping away from things I enjoy doing. From SP, from writing my poetry, to just enjoying myself. I'm trying my hardest not to slip into depression. I know that's what it is. I know what caused it. I'm just struggling to stay afloat. I have a doctor's apt tomorrow. It's a check up on my knee, but I'm going to speak with the doctor as well. I mean there's more to... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:02:55 EST When Rejection Steals the Best of Who I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202974 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d38ac890-bc0a-479c-9aca-00b631fb66b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by Lysa Terkeurst <BR> Article can be found here: <link>proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-au<BR>thor/lysa-terkeurst/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sharing this because of what it spoke directly to me. How many times have we allowed this to happen to us? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9d71bf3-bfd7-4d47-a636-aeb1271a0d42.png"> <BR> <BR> "My... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:04:27 EST Secret of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202264 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/624fb4d1-47de-4ca4-8f0f-b88a9e9321ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article by Mary Rau Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/success-secr<BR>et/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/405f3706-262f-42a2-84e5-dfd5a7d768eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever put off making a decision about even the smallest matter? <BR> <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard for us to make decisions at times? <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:24:09 EST Stress Managment for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6f77444-8846-44b5-a8e4-2e5d4969cce0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else but my life has been very stressful this past two months. I'm down on weight but blood sugars are running higher than they ever have (150 in the early am.) I need to get a handle on this and quickly. Just because it says "Stress Management for Women" doesn't mean the guys can't benefit from the advise as well. <BR> <BR> You can find the complete website h... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:22:23 EST But you could have... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199747 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fb63a43-8e14-47bd-b498-dd42494bef05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14da6dd6-7e5f-43a6-8fc0-e2abc1748993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A lady has decided for giving herself a special treat on her Seventeenth birthday by staying overnight in a very expensive & magnificent hotel. <BR> <BR> Next morning, The Desk clerk handed her a bill of $250. She insisted to know about Highly charged bill "I accept it's a good... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:10:23 EST 3 Easy Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199045 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f672f702-765e-49b8-8929-288f58d2abde.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today I want to talk about steps to lower blood sugar. I'm talking about it because since mom's death July 1st mine have been running on the higher side (144 for me is high.) So I started looking up ways and ran across this article on Diabetic Connect. <BR> <BR> The article can be found here: <link>www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-inf<BR>ormation-articles/general/... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:24:23 EST Problem Solve in a Slow Cooker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198448 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edf453e6-33ee-4c93-8f37-2580f958e1f2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/problem-solv<BR>e-slow/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are times when we are at a loss to know how to resolve issues in our lives. We may tend to procrastinate, or we may rush to make a hasty decision - both of which can be counterproductive. As I was making beef stew today, it occ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:11:55 EST Soothing Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68b7c8cd-d5b1-4516-858c-704c9651548b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. My week has been a whirlwind of activity. Mom's viewing was on Thursday. We still have to wait for the cremation to be completed before burial which should be sometime next week. I'm going back to work tomorrow. I have over a week's worth of work to catch up on. Truthfully it will feel good just to sit and not be cleaning. lol. <BR> <BR> This morning is church s... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:20:52 EST Please Don't Weep or Mourn for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196393 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9989ef01-3222-4b5c-9aeb-0f6eb2bea239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is mom's viewing. These words kept popping in my head so I decided to write them down. It's going to be a tough day, it's so hard trying to 'keep it together.' I'm glad the family can be there an hour before everyone else starts arriving. I believe that will help some. <BR> <BR> Please Don't Weep or Mourn for Me <BR> <BR> Please don't weep or mourn for me <BR> I've stepped into e... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:20:05 EST Your Actions Are Far Reaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195031 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2d9cbbe-802a-487c-a90c-951b5424b426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/actions-far-<BR>reaching/ </link> <BR> <BR> Very often, we are unaware of the effects of our decisions and actions. Regardless of whether our deeds and actions are kind or unkind, there are rippling effects. This poem makes the point in a most poetic way. <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 06:49:44 EST Just a Few More Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194023 In loving memory of my mom Janey K. Carroll <BR> 08/02/1943 - 07/01/2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d2bc1a6-a547-49c9-aa1d-098085c0b8ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The call came quickly. I was at work. The boss told me to go! I began my driving after calling my sister and daughter. On the way I received a call, it's not good driving 70 on an interstate and informed your mom has passed on. The doctor said pull over I don't want you driving until you collect yourself.... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 10:05:05 EST I am broken in tiny pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193233 Today I said my final good-bye to my mom. I was called out of work because she suffered a heart attack. She passed on at 4:19 PM. I know she's in no more pain, but I feel as if my own heart is breaking in two. I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful prayers and uplifting thoughts you sent my families way since April. I love each and everyone of you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Donna Fri, 1 Jul 2016 20:30:16 EST My prayer of thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192824 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c24c1d0-9c4a-4019-aa96-810507ed663a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lord, how can I express to You? <BR> with deepest gratitude, <BR> how Your love overflows <BR> with all that I've been through. <BR> <BR> Giving thanks doesn't seem enough <BR> for everything You've done, <BR> all of Your unfailing love <BR> You give to everyone. <BR> <BR> Precious Jesus, thank you <BR> for being here for me, <BR> in all of my shortcomings <BR> You are my everlasting sea... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:15:14 EST Quit blaming others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192320 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c9c829d-d718-4d3c-9bbe-d97dee5523de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It really bugs me when people blame others for what they have become. They make excuses and justify stupid reasons on why they are lacking advancement in life. People spend more time thinking and making up excuses rather than changing their lives for the better... <BR> <BR> People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:43:39 EST Stimulating Opportunities for Your Road to Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35c04c2b-7216-4240-835a-411331aaf235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. <BR> <BR> This article was written by:Mary Rau-Foster who is a motivation speaker <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/opportunitie<BR>s-road-to-happiness/ </link> <BR> <BR> Is the brain hardwired to earn satisfaction and happiness? <BR> <BR> I read an article that asked and answered the question about whether people who won the lottery... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:36:22 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/744da547-f0e4-4b9e-a3a4-9c17ff6c3278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Exercise completed, shower completed. Now to just get around my breakfast and lunch for work. <BR> <BR> Today I need to make a call to a nursing home about 17 miles from my house. They do trach care and vent care. Since we do not want mom going back to the other facility our only choices are to begin searching again for a place for her to go. It's times like this ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:57:04 EST Just for kicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188050 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b33ce4ff-38ca-4884-9fab-edbed89e2916.jpg"> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:57:55 EST Getting over the hump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187364 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c4267a1-59cc-4047-a6e1-a9f1eac15d87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy hump day everyone. I finally feel like I'm getting over the hump of this weight loss journey. I finally broke my long, long stretch of not losing anything. As of this morning I'm down another 3lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> One of mom's docs called me while I was at work yesterday. He told me that they were going to start weaning mom off of sedation today and see how she does. It ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:12:48 EST When will it all end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e23ba578-ae36-4b7f-9b0d-d0cb202e72a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. My question "When will it all end?" Serves to prove that life can be so unpredictable. Mom was doing so well. She is back in a chemically induced coma with the vent back on. This is just another hurdle she has to jump over. She DID NOT have another stroke but the seizures are back full force. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my sister (Gerri) and I went for a visit at the ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:21:17 EST Not a good night/day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185654 So...mom is back to having seizures. She was transferred once more to another larger hospital. She is dehydrated, malnourished, magnesium is low, ammonia is high. Metabolically screwed up. She's speaking a foreign language unrecognizable to even me. <BR> Please continue prayers. Heading up to the hospital once more. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:50:49 EST 3 Cravings That Could Signal A Health Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d06a4430-8a40-458a-9f36-942af401fbe5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning. Found this article thought it was interesting enough to pass on <BR> <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/3-<BR>cravings-that-could-signal-a-health-pr<BR>oblem/ar-AAhex6V?li=BBnb7Kz </link> <BR> <BR> We've all been there: that moment when you just need to have a burger, or a milkshake, or a bag of potato chips and nothing else on ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 06:18:30 EST I'm spending Father's Day in Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a2f861b-93c6-4267-8b51-927250ec23ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How did Father's Day start <BR> <BR> There are many stories how the custom of honoring Dads on a Sunday in June got started. The most popular story about the origins of Father's Day is said to have started growing its roots in the year of 1909. Mrs. John B. Dodds, from Spokane, Washington, campaigned for a Father's Day celebration. The idea came to her while she listed to a church sermon... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:12:07 EST The 15 Grossest Things You're Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183921 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7221fedf-ab33-4d88-acb6-989d90266bb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article came from Rodale's Organic Life <BR> Article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/gros<BR>s-food-0?page=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Gross Ingredients-Not Always on the Label <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, gross food has become the norm in most supermarkets, with packaged food ingredient lists reading more like chemistry homework than something you'd want your f... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:22:07 EST AspireAssist: FDA Approves Aspire Bariatrics' Stomach Pump Device to Treat Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e929ac96-4181-410c-85bd-0081783469ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/Pres<BR>sAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm </link> <BR> <BR> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new obesity treatment device that uses a surgically-placed tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal. <BR> <BR> The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating di... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:21:12 EST Your Professionalism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182505 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19dd64c2-37b8-43eb-a4fe-ccc64500f092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/your-profess<BR>ionalism/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e35b986-2e3f-4ba9-aebf-94df393283f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Professionalism is a state of mind and action. <BR> <BR> Professionalism encompasses the use of maturity, wisdom, and... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:02:54 EST Time for a new mind set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2eb18893-deaa-4115-9339-3cc4091a2d80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes sirree. I started my new mind set yesterday. I did not wait until today because I've always been taught the new week starts on Sunday. So it is done!!! I did 30 minutes yesterday and I've already done 30 minutes today on my Gazelle. That's an equivalent of about 5 miles so far and since I was feeling like I was doing just about nothing that 5 miles feels good. Plus,,,I've already h... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:20:51 EST Who am I fooling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a539c31f-6aec-4ec7-bcd4-b38e036f169b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You've heard the old adage "You're only fooling yourself?" That has been my week. I've done as little as possible, partially squeaking by in any aspect of SP. Barely exercising, barely eating good, and barely anything!!! <BR> <BR> And you know what I've learned? I'm only fooling myself. Fooling myself into believing that I can still lose weight eating like I have, barely fooling myself... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:28:24 EST Visible Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180078 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27822da0-44d3-44d9-9866-6a02c703f7f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. I found this really neat challenge by The Fitness Cafe'. What a great way to actually see the amount of water you consume and reach your daily water goal. <BR> <BR> MOTIVATE. HYDRATE. FEEL GREAT. <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: A few of our readers have raised concern about water intoxication. A healthy kidney can process a gallon of water per day easily. However, everyone's... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:47:12 EST Free Fitness Caluclator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/905df61d-c640-46d3-80b5-744d367f465e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Want to move the number on the scale? You'll need to do some calorie math. Their weight-loss calculator can tell you how quickly you can expect to peel off the pounds. <BR> <BR> This nifty little calculator from Fitness Magazine could give you the start you need. <BR> <BR> You can find it here <BR> <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/lose-10lbs-s<BR>ub/?ordersrc=PRYB2S78678LP </link> <BR> <... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:45:56 EST This Is What Happens When You Don't Drink Enough Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178787 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c84cf222-e4f1-4d77-becf-c9e36f984a97.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Dominique Astorino <BR> Article can be found here: <link>https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Eff<BR>ects-Dehydration-41377374 </link> <BR> <BR> Besides the fact that you'd literally die without it, there are many, MANY imperative reasons to drink water frequently, every single day. It starts out pretty mild - you might feel thirsty and have a dry mouth. But the long-... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:17:44 EST Create Your Inner Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178089 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb49489e-9745-49e4-b9d4-06c5876cb8d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/create-inner<BR>-peace/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dea78887-c138-4006-92ef-547aa810437e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From time to time, we need reminders about right thinking and the way to a peace-filled and successful life. The following po... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:35:23 EST