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/ Stressful Saturday? NOT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630947526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's a day to relax. Kick back and enjoy myself..(except of course laundry and house cleaning which I've already got a jump start on) Other than that I'll be recording songs, reviewing, writing and posting poetry and just well nothing.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Below is the recording that was done by my ex-husband and myself yesterday. He did all of the music. It's a new song and very catchy and very clas... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:21:29 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803775 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792190480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's finally Friday. I didn't think the week would ever end. I have been orientating new staff all week. That can be very draining and if you have ever done it than you know what I'm talking about. You have to find ways to rejuvenate yourself daily. At my work place I'm the only one normally that orientates new staff on our phones and I normally have each person 32 hours. This week I had two new staff. Next... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:58:41 EST Positivity vs Negativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803189 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843936444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Positivity ~ confident in opinion or assertion; fully assured <BR> <BR> Negativity ~ characterized by the absence of distinguishing or marked qualities or features; lacking positive attributes <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Now I don't know about you but I'd rather be on the positive side than the negative any ole day of the week. I always surround myself with positive quotes and funny comic str... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:03:26 EST Willing vs Unwilling Partnership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1791301392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you a willing or an unwilling partner in your healthy life change journey? <BR> <BR> Willing of course meaning you are 100% in or unwilling meaning you are laxed even in the slightest? <BR> <BR> I'd say honestly I'm an unwilling partner. I have good and bad days. I'm in it for the long haul and maybe that's what makes the difference for me. I eat what I want, when I want but I've still managed to lose 59 ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:46:25 EST Another day in paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2030245637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Paradise ~ a state of supreme happiness; bliss. <BR> <BR> Is that where you are at in your life? We can choose this you know what I mean? We choose daily how we are going to live today. Make the best choice possible for you and where you are at in your journey. <BR> <BR> Quote of the day ~ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236155609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just for kicks ~ <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:04:21 EST Rainy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801303 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44799842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was at my mom's yesterday as in every Sunday for the past 10 years+ and I played with her beautiful cat Jingles. He's completely blind, a stray and they have had him for the past 5 years or so. This morning I get the following message ~ <BR> <BR> Hi Donna, We lost Jingles awhile ago. He was on the counter top and just fell off. He couldn't stand up. He lived for a little while before he died.... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:22:45 EST My daughter..spot on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800769 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768140689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter works at a Best Western Hotel in our local area. This is a conversation she had with a guest this morning: <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow... just had a 'guest' tell me I'm beautiful but "you'd be so much prettier if you lost weight" and I'm like "I'm beautiful just as i am" <BR> <BR> Doesn't she have the right attitude? Aren't we all beautiful the way we are? So why do we keep beating ourselves up? We somet... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:54:22 EST Thank you for your condolences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800541 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l113543775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to say a special thank you to everyone who commented about my loss on Thursday of my beloved Scoobie. There will never be another dog that will take his place.. he was so very special to me and I miss him being here with me so very much. <BR> <BR> Love and hugs to all for your concern, prayers and well wishes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31928290.jpg"> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:35:34 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799670 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l418709200.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a very hard day for me. I came home from work. Evidently my dog Scoobie had a seizure. He didn't come out of this one. I took him to the vet and unfortunately he didn't make it. He was a good dog.. three-legged and all that suffered from seizures and constant arthritis pain. I know he's better off where he is and for that I have comfort. RIP..Scoobie. 11 years old. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:59:22 EST Tis Thursday..yes it is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799091 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1414492833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another week has almost come and gone. Have you accomplished all of your goals? I know I have not...and I'm willing to admit it but that doesn't mean I have to admit defeat. No-sir-ree. I'm not ever going to do that. You know why? Because I'm bigger than a number, because I'm more than the food I put in my body and the exercise I do. I have a heart. I'm kind. I'm gentle and I have feelings that go beyond ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:02:29 EST Wake-up Kinda Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1843366413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wake up don't you go to sleep <BR> Someone needs exercise and it might be.. <BR> Wake up...don't you go to sleep on me.... <BR> <BR> Wake up...it's been too long <BR> exercise to a brand new song <BR> wake up...don't you go to sleep on me... <BR> <BR> <BR> That's how I felt this morning.. so very tired. Not sleeping good again. I have so much going on in my personal life, including work. I'm not one to air m... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:55:42 EST Tuesday, Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1319609638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Tuesday...kinda like Monday, Monday.... <BR> <BR> Who remembers that song? by the Mamas and the Papas? <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday, so good to me <BR> Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be <BR> Oh Monday mornin´, Monday mornin´ couldn´t guarantee <BR> That Monday evenin´ you would still be here with me <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday, can´t trust that day <BR> Monday, Monday, som... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:16:34 EST A tired Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797238 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447981728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes there's never a right time <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Not a good day. Not a good night. Barely slept at all and I have to go to work today. I'm hoping things get better soon because I don't think I can take much more of this. <BR> <BR> Hoping everyone else has a good day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487617229.jpg"> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:07:16 EST Baby Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796263 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1149146926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning Sparkers.. I was reading the following article "Bouncing Back into Shape after Baby" here on SP, you can read it here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=540 </link> <BR> <BR> I tell ya what..I sure wish I had read that article after my first baby. My daughter (Kishwa - pronounced Keesha) was born almost 37 years ago. I gained 32 lbs. I lost 20 of that at her birth, b... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:51:48 EST It's just a Thursday Kinda Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270418472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It surely is a Thursday.. one day closer to the weekend. This weekend I'll be going to a Fall Harvest Party at one of our band members homes. It's always a fun time and they are actually having another band play so it will be nice to be able to sit down and hear someone else sing and not have to do all of the work.. <BR> <BR> But.....I love my singing. <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article and you'll enjoy ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:07:57 EST What about today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222038618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone.. What are your plans for the day? <BR> <BR> Mine are working, coming home and exercising than visiting mom in the hospital. She's been there now for 8 days. Hoping she can come home soon. <BR> <BR> Did anyone watch the eclipse last night? I saw the moon some this morning or what little of it I could actually see. It had already started its progress.. pretty neat being able to see s... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:19:20 EST What's all the flap about the pancakes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793858 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154890973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you don't know me by now you know that I read quite a bit. This morning I came across the following article "Pancake flap: 'Aunt Jemima' heirs seek dough." It sounds like this family has some valid points. Plus this history takes place about six miles from where my older sister Jenny lives in Mt. Sterling, KY. <BR> <BR> <link>www.usatoday.com/story/money/busines<BR>s/2014/10/06/aunt-jemima-lawsuit/1679... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:06:15 EST Sunday Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913839929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday everyone ~ Donna Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:18:36 EST Understanding the Risks of Ebola, and What ‘Direct Contact’ Means http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791518 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14468067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful article. If you were wondering about signs and symptoms and want a clearer understanding than this article is for you. I would rather people have a clear understanding than guess work. I believe this article shows us what to look for and what to do. <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/understand<BR>ing-the-risks-of-ebola-and-what-%E2%80<BR>%98direct-contact%E2%80%99-means/ar-BB77Jj2 </... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 06:47:21 EST Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1849136909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was reading this little article this morning at SP <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=644 </link> <BR> <BR> And of course you know me.. I was thinking to myself, self.... <BR> "If exercise keeps my mind sharp I should be as sharp as a knife." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108275039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do believe we have to exercise... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:01:06 EST It's a wacky kinda Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790189 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96093151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got a call yesterday evening around 8:30pm. My sister Gerri was taking mom to the hospital for a fever of 101. Mom's is usually around 97 so that's a bit of a fever for her. So say a prayer for her if you would please? <BR> <BR> I'm looking at my calendar this morning and thinking to myself..I'm having way too many appointments with doctors here lately.. Going to have to do something about that besides show up... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:13:44 EST Making exercise fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168352557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you all know you can make your own exercise groupings? Mine look something like this.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444196431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Each grouping of course has exercise attached to it, but the names keep me motivated. I hope this will spark someone else as well. <BR> <BR> I only slept 4 hours last night. I must have had something on my mind. I went to bed at 9 ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:45:12 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788854 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1126843311.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:26:06 EST What talents do you possess? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788301 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703790787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~ Henry Van Dyke <BR> <BR> Henry sure had the right idea didn't he? How many talents do you possess that lie dormant? Why are you afraid to showcase them? It has nothing to do with patting yourself on the back. It has to do with putting your God given talents to use. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:03:01 EST How women feel about themselves vs how others do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787839 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263135576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to share something with all of you. It is how women perceive themselves vs how their family and friends see themselves. I don't know about any of you but I had to have my Kleenexes handy. You can view the video on the following link. <BR> <BR> Husbands, kids whoever. Let me tell you from personal experience. Your momma or wife needs this. They need to know that they are enough! Tell them please for ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:37:44 EST That time of the week again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787179 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1991832198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe I say it every Friday and I'll say it again today. I'm glad it is Friday. <BR> <BR> I went to the docs Tuesday. They want to put me on Blood Pressure medicine. I've never had a problem with it before. She gave me the line about it being the silent killer and that I needed it. My BP was 148 over 84. I know the top is a wee bit high but I exercise, watch what I eat etc. etc. I will most likely cav... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:59:34 EST What works for one may not work for another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786567 I ran across a really good article on MSN yesterday. You can view it here <BR> <BR> <link>healthyliving.msn.com/weight-loss/11<BR>-scientifically-proven-ways-to-avoid-w<BR>eight-gain#1 </link> <BR> <BR> The article is about 11 scientifically proven ways to avoid weight gain. They are good facts. Many of them if incorporated into our daily routines would surely be what we have been searching for but EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! <BR> <BR> What works for one may not work for another and that... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:45:58 EST Officially Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785263 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976779655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Autumn, interchangeably known as fall in the US and Canada, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature cools considerably. One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees as they pave way for further growth... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:49:17 EST First day of Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799406479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to comment just a week bit on fall. IT IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!!!! Whew I said it.. it's finally out and now you know one more thing about me. <BR> <BR> It also unfortunately makes my <em>200</em> have multiple seizures due to the Equinox. I know it sounds silly but the spring and fall equinoxes do this to him. Usually 8 + The highest was 13. So cross your fingers and say a prayer that ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:40:46 EST A great day to love yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1445336864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318526118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54150113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1138261678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l209823066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:43:27 EST Keeping it simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783631 Today my sister and I cleaned my mom's bedroom. Talk about a chore. There was so much dust it's a wonder she isn't sick all of the time. I worked from noon until 4:30 pm straight. I did use 180 minutes of heavy cleaning because it involved moving furniture, vacuuming, dusting and shampooing carpet. Whew..glad that's over with. I told my sister.. "Remind me not to do this again" but it was for mom, so it was worth it. <BR> <BR> I said I was going to keep it simple and I am. I'm asking f... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:01:35 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782756 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944482360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am happy today is Friday. I am ready for it. I haven't slept good all week and I'm hoping for a few extra hours tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my sister Connie and I will be going to my mom's house and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We will be gutting her bedroom and cleaning it from ceiling to floor and everything in between. She has started having a problem w/wolf spiders and we wants to check her r... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:01:37 EST Coach Nicole's Lying Straight-Leg Lowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511524893.jpg"> <BR> picture is the property of SP) <BR> <BR> So....I'm reading away at my SP emails this morning and I'm watching Coach Nicole bust a move on Lying Straight-Leg Lowers. Now I must say her form is awesome but I have to tell you about mine too and it's not nearly as pretty as hers. <BR> <BR> First with a knee replacement it's very difficult to get down on the ground...whew I'm finally down. <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> Now.... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:48:02 EST What's on your mind this morning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780767 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946087224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? Great I hope. Aren't you glad that we are given another day to start all over again? I sure am! Yesterday was tough at work. We were so busy that we were running around like a chicken <em>145</em> with it's head cut off. So busy and no one extra to help pick up the busyness of the day. But.....the day flew by quickly. I took Scoobie to the vet yesterday for his year check up and ph... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:45:34 EST Healthy Habits to fight aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780088 So I was reading an article here on SP this morning. The article is about 5 healthy habits that fight the signs of aging. You can read it here <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1237 </link> <BR> <BR> These five signs are basically <BR> 1. ) Eat Right: Healthy Skin Starts with Healthy Eating <BR> 2. ) Wear Sunscreen: The Perfect Anti-Aging Cream <BR> 3. ) Stay Hydrated: Water is the Fountain of Youth <BR> 4. ) Drink Less: Alcohol Ages You <BR> 5.... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:19 EST Turning your back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780288016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers......I ran across this quote this morning while reading my SP emails. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1910367754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And....of course I have a few things to say about it. <BR> <BR> 1.) First it is not rude it's the only way he can conduct his chorus <BR> 2.) Sometimes you have turn your back on something in order to make accomplishments <BR> 3.) So... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:05:32 EST And it's Friday once more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114031024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever notice how the days seem to meld together? One day isn't much different than the next and before you know it the end of a new month has arrived and you're already looking at a different season of the year? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330529189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My time seems to fly by so quickly. I have to concentrate on what I'm doing in the moment or it will pass... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:08:37 EST Are you contagious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808272830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I want to know are any of you contagious? <BR> <BR> One of the definitions to contagious is tending to spread from person to person. <BR> <BR> Now I don't know about you but there are somethings that are contagious that don't even belong to being sick and stuff. <BR> <BR> How about these: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l842238524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:56:07 EST Doing for others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776325 Happy Tuesday morning friends <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359865555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440091599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last evening while I was walking my dog I noticed a man across the street from my house sitting in the grass. I didn't pay much attention. My dog wanted out again about 10 minutes later. Again he was there. This time I walked up to him and asked him if he was okay and if he needed anyth... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:50:48 EST Decide, Plan, Focus, Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775986 "Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don't talk back." - W. K. Hope <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841568909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you admire people who can organize their lives? Their homes and workplaces are organized and neat as a pen. They can find anything they are looking for including their car keys and glasses. What do you think makes a person like this? Are they self-disciplined? Changes are they are but it takes a lo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:23:32 EST My me time yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774688 I tried posting this earlier and it wouldn't post I was being told they couldn't listen to it. Yesterday my me time was doing a duet with a friend of mine on singsnap.com Below is the link. The song is September When it Comes. I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watchandlis<BR>ten/play/bf9bcce0b </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088518530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:40:51 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774196 What a dog would say if he could talk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239509418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday exercise and relaxation <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed evening ~ Donna Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:19:21 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773764 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209410859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is TGIF....Tremendously Gratful it's Friday <BR> <BR> I finished yesterday out w/a straight 32 min of Gazelling and more poetry work as you can see by the top poem posted. Day 4 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974170166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just for kicks: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987502006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a fantas... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 06:34:39 EST Happy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278009303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Be of good cheer and great things will come back to you. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thursday everyone. ~ Donna <BR> <BR> PS.. Day 3 <em>248</em> of 30 Day September challenge. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:34:10 EST Karis the Lion Cub http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032799155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 2 of my September 17 min exercise challenge and daily me time was accomplished by doing a straight 32 min of exercise on the Gazelle followed my leg lifts and dumbbells. My me time once more consisted of writing more poetry and reviewing other poets. A great time on both accomplishments <BR> <BR> I just have to share this cute little lion club named Karis with you.. She is playing in leaves and the pictures... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:07:42 EST Tuesday Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771647 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757697088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone <em>252</em> . I finished September first very well yesterday. 77 minutes total exercise, 31 of those were consecutive minutes that my SP tracker tracked. And.....drum roll, I spent about 45 minutes last night writing and posting poetry. Below is an example. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318896550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really enjoy writing the poem on the a... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:56:51 EST My Spark September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771011 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l536480331.jpg"> The Step Into September Challenge ~ Let's start a new season on the right foot! Log at least 500 fitness minutes in September with your Spark to win a special virtual trophy. ~ I can do this! It's only about 17 minutes a day which I can easily do with my Gazelle. Okay.. place that on my to-do-list. <BR> <BR> I'm not happy with myself this past week. I didn't even get a medal. I knew I was lagging behind. I could feel i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:48:37 EST It's Finally Friday! WooHoo!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031903027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I want to talk about fleas. Yes you heard that right fleas. They seem to be pretty pesky this years and my poor dog looks like he has a mohawk he has eaten that much of his hair off of his body. Scoobies a big dog about 100 lbs and he looks so funny right now. We have done front line and pills but they aren't helping much. I ran a cross a great article How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally which you can rea... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:01:42 EST Thank you Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768530 I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by my blog "Name five non-scale victories you have accomplished" and making it a featured blog. The results are in and many people do not just rely on those scale numbers. Whew!!!!!!!!! What a relief. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So today is a blessing. I'm up! I'm awake! I'm ready to seize the day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987457078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had also forgotten that I have a three day weekend coming up... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:12:41 EST No matter how slow you go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2087732098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I'm checking out all of the Spark e-mails this morning and noticed the above pictures (thank you SP) in one of them. And I got to thinking about the entire concept behind SP to begin with and how SparkGuy says: "10+ fitness minutes--done consistently--can transform your life. This is the top strategy I used to create the SparkPeople program" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645657... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:16:18 EST