DOLLFACEDX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DOLLFACEDX DOLLFACEDX'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/ Day 85: FlyLady / FlyBaby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155696 I spent my coffee / news / laptop time re-visiting FlyLady and plowing thru the FlyLady 31 Day jumpstart. A nice refresher is you've strayed (as have I) and want to jump back in quickly. <BR> <link>www.flylady.net/ </link> <BR> <BR> I particularly like the Body Clutter Investigator which so nicely supports my Spark Tracking <BR> <BR> <link>www.flylady.net/d/wp-content/uploads<BR>/2011/11/bc_investigator.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> We also have a FlyBaby Team here on Spark which delivers... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:39:05 EST Day 84: Move It Monday !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154769 I haven't yet fleshed out my scheduled for the day but I know these things will happen: <BR> <BR> Courtesy of my SparkFriend Tiffany, every time I stand up from my desk, from the table, etc., I MUST complete this routine: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2222b921-3800-4039-8f47-5c72d047f3bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In addition and as part of my 28Day Challenge, this week I will perform 30mins Cardo 3 days, 10mins ST 2 days and walk a minimum of 10,000 Steps EVERY day ! <BR... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:02:06 EST Day 83: Wishing You A Great May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154268 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e72143a8-157f-4818-82f3-eb7ac166520e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b099f577-ada0-4bb4-8255-984e5356e4e1.jpg"> Sun, 1 May 2016 20:39:06 EST Day 81: Today's Plan-16.4.29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152743 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/192eadb5-a517-4135-b3a4-3102a268277c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WELLNESS <BR> 1. My Fitness Word for today is WELL which equates to the following exercise routine: <BR> 1min Wall Sit <BR> 10 Squats <BR> 10 Leg Lifts <BR> 2min Wall Sit <BR> I should be able to fit in at least 3 reps of this routine <BR> <BR> 2. Fit in 10,000 Steps today <BR> <BR> HOME <BR> Living Room Deep Clean: Baseboards <BR> Special Project: Clean all mirrors in the house <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:40:00 EST Day 80: Today's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e662d28d-a762-4192-8243-c0f865ec9959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WELLNESS <BR> 1. My Word for today is OSCAR which equates to the following exercise routine: <BR> 40 JJacks <BR> 10 Burpees <BR> 30sec Plank <BR> 10 Crunches <BR> 15 Push-ups <BR> Not certain how many reps I'll fit in - those Burpees really challenge me. <BR> <BR> 2. I'll be watching my nutrition closely during the day as tonight is dinner out with friends at a German restaurant and ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:47:58 EST Day 63: A New Week, A New Opportunity to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139760 I just had this thot so added it here... <BR> <BR> Yesterday is lost to me....so no need to regret my choices <BR> Today is in my control....to make the right for me choices <BR> Tomorrow is full of promise....to enjoy the results of my choices <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cd9a51b-b20b-4b7a-af40-7b12940269ea.jpg"> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:48:02 EST Day 53: My Wish For Each of You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132831 Remembering yesterday's outing and ran across this - and that was exactly my experience ! <BR> <BR> "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." <BR> ~ Edward Abbey <BR> <BR> Dolly <em>87</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:58:05 EST Day 52: My Big Outing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131590 Good Morning, All <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> A quick drop in as I'm headed out early for my first big outing since my recent illness. We've planned a 5 mile hike to the site of some cliff dwellings....and 5 miles back, of course. There will be a couple of initial steep climbs then it's all downhill - until the return trip, of course...with only a 1,000 ft elevation change. <BR> <BR> Under normal circumstances, I'd be very excited as I've wanted for some time to take this hike. Today, I'm... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:15:24 EST Day 51: Keep an Open Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130876 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1315423d-b48a-4138-81f3-3270755e1362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On this day in 1867 (149 yrs ago), the United States acquired Alaska from the Russian Empire. The purchase - a pet project of Secretary of State William H. Seward - was widely ridiculed and tagged as "Seward's Folly"...until the discovery in 1898 of gold! It turns out, Alaska is rich in natural resources which have contributed to American prosperity ever since. <BR> <BR> My Take-Away....... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:12:10 EST Day 49: A New Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0314aa5-e084-4be0-9366-b80931ce0961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> .....what changes do you plan to make? <BR> <BR> Dolly <em>87</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:17:41 EST Day 47: Happy Easter Sunday !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127934 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/301e3f30-88fc-4b00-85a5-1fe869f5e0a3.jpg"> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:03:18 EST Day 42: Spark Team Tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124452 The minimum of what I need to accomplish today: <BR> <BR> CUT OUT: Sugary Drinks - Fast / Fried Foods - Sweet / Snacks - White Bread / Rice / Pasta - Fat / Processed Meats <BR> <BR> LIMIT: Salt - Caffeine (1C) - Alcohol (2) <BR> <BR> GET: 8-10 Water - Freggies (all meal) - Whole Grains <BR> <BR> Master Suite: Clear out & vacuum under bed <BR> Home Blessing: Vacuum middle of carpets - Sweep / Mop middle of tile - Dust - Polish Mirrors and Doors - Purge magazines / catalogs - Change she... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:21:49 EST Day 38: Daily Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9289e8bf-fd32-4698-aff7-0ef1f3f66a32.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Daily Intentions <BR> 1. Thoroughly enjoy my ladies and concentrate on bowling well today <BR> 2. Update Inventory XLS & calculate any pricing changes <BR> 3. Dispose of all old cosmetics & moisturizers; 15mins filling a trash bag & a Goodwill bag <BR> 4. Walk at least 8,000 steps <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92026f8d-8c8e-4050-8e6d-ca5d4f2d8431.jpg">What... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:36:38 EST Day 37: A Lil Reminder for my Battle Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2df259e-d3c3-48f9-b203-0f83dd0fe105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Setting an intention - a personal goal for the day - each morning can help in making the most of this unique 24hr slice of life - following are my daily intentions for today. <BR> <BR> My Daily Intentions <BR> 1. Finish pulling together ALL tax docs for both personal and business taxes <BR> 2. Populate my SimGar solar-powered self-watering planter <BR> 3a. Flybaby Task: Thoroughly clean Mas... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:43:35 EST Day 36: Earth Buckets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119947 This past weekend, DH and I made for the garden Earth Buckets which are self-watering planters - no water line or timer required. Once the bottom portion is filled with water, the water is pulled up to water seeds / plants. I don't yet have a watering schedule as I need to see how long a single watering lasts - usually 2-3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm really jazzed about these as the plant is able to pull the amount of water it needs instead of me having to use a hygrometer, guessing whether I sho... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:20:49 EST Day 34: A New Week..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118084 ,,,,Another New Opportunity - let's make this week count !! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69a67915-907c-4ceb-8410-8381c1a3c88b.jpg"> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:23:14 EST Day 29: Change = Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8816adc8-489e-403b-86e7-8c4c1e718a06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today started early and harshly with a choking, breath-taking coughing fit...which started back up every time I sat. Once I caught my breath a bit, I decided to just get up and get a jump on my day. It's kind of interesting - I do pretty well as long as I don't sit down...I need to give that some thought cause I really want to just go back to bed. <BR> <BR> My Positive Thought <BR> I am d... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:38:34 EST Day 28: Daily Postive Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113907 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfe69c96-fcff-4d9e-b5c9-660d1b7c0b7c.jpg"> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 23:46:38 EST Day 27: Happy Sunday: A New Week, A New Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112500 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9276a84-6bce-4efd-8b99-4f9dea55e02a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't make the progress I had planned yesterday...tho I did have a more active day - I was shy only 49 steps of reaching 10,000 !! We elected to fit in the RA shopping first and I was just too tired to move forward with the planting - tho I did find at 50% discount some larger planter pots. I also found something to add to my Wish List - a solar-powered planter box. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:56:26 EST Day 37: Happy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111738 Another day of recovery for me - and today shows promise. I slept in my bed until just after 2:00 when I had to shift to my recliner which DH padded to keep me seated upright. The best part is that, after a short coughing fit, I actually fell back to sleep for a couple of hours rather than the usual intermittent coughing fits and shifting to accommodate my breathing. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Today, DH is going to help me plant some Peppers, bulb Onions, Radishes, Green Onions and Garlic. ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:55:38 EST Day 36: Feeling Better...and Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111447 Yesterday was my most active day since I began this illness - I enjoyed myself immensely but am definitely a bit worn out. <BR> <BR> Which is just as well as I didn't need a lot of energy for today's effort - catching up the home and business finances which I sadly ignored during my comatose state these past few weeks, as well as a few Spark tasks. <BR> <BR> While not 'caught up', I did manage to put out some fires. Fortunately, for me, they were all others' database issues or errors so... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:21:20 EST Day 35: Keep Pushing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110114 Harsh awake this a.m. with a 15+min choking coughing fit - took almost an hour to fully recover my breath. Very tempted to call it, fall back into my chair and take a nap. <BR> <BR> BUT, I won't. I had planned to bowl today - I missed almost all of Feb - and I think I will push thru. If I find I can't stay the whole time, my ladies will understand and I will have pushed my boundaries just a bit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f229c9be-eb84-47e3-b86a-d34a1001... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:35:26 EST Day 34: ......aaaaannndd, I'm Back ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109326 Wow! These past weeks have been a very rough period for me ! I've been so ill I've actually lost track of time - is this the 5th or 6th week? <BR> <BR> A Spark friend commented (yesterday?) that I seem to have been sick off and on for some time...and I think that's because I never give myself time to fully heal before I jump right back into life. And, finally, my body took away from me that option. <BR> <BR> The first few weeks, I tried to put forward a good face, struggling to meet my c... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:43:50 EST Day 15: A lil funny to start the weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094242 Day 13 was a write-off for me...I was totally conked out on meds. Day 14 was it's usual busy, busy Thursday self...plus a lil FIL drama...I was done when the day was done. <BR> <BR> Day 15 is a brand new day AND the start of the weekend - Woot !! <BR> <BR> Here's a lil something to bring a smile to your face: <BR> <BR> A man buys a lie detector robot that slaps people who lie. <BR> <BR> He decides to test it at dinner and asks his son, "Son, where were you today during school hours?" ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:08:39 EST Day 12: Take Time for Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092505 I've missed a couple of days here - partially because of business spilling over from the weekend, partially because I've not been feeling well...hopefully, just allergy stuff with our Summer temps arriving early. <BR> <BR> I've been toughing it out with so much to be done but, today, I'm going to take some strong stuff, probably nap away the day (it has that effect on me) and, fingers crossed, I'll be raring to go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Before taking my meds, I plan to spend some time catching... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:13:39 EST Day 9: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089968 ....and my plans all cast asunder due to a lil ole bug. <BR> <BR> The details aren't important but I went through some extreme gyrations getting all to switch our Super Bowl party venue to my house - not because I wanted to host (I did not) but because this was the only way to include Son#3 and his family...the one who specifically asked for a party and asked early on. <BR> <BR> In anticipation, DH was a doll yesterday putting aside his own projects and helping me 'safe' the house for the... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:24:35 EST Day 8: Three's a Charm...I hope a good charm ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089132 I awoke early today - leaving DH to sleep in - to try to whip this house into some kind of shape for tomorrow's SuperBowl gathering. I started in the Kitchen as that will be a focal gathering point and I was making good progress...until I managed to pour two quarts of oil all over the countertop. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/016c2f68-2b4c-40df-ad49-dfaaee58bc6b.jpg"> <BR> For just a bit, I stood and watched the light play off the oil as it spilled down the front of... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:04:01 EST Day 6..nope, Day 7: My, How Time Does Fly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088745 I'm already once again a day behind on my daily positive statement....and I'm not feeling all that positive at just this very moment. <BR> <BR> Here is yesterday's blog which I never found a moment to post: <BR> <BR> While hurrying through my usual busy Thursday - perhaps a bit busier with that last minute UPS shipment of 6 large boxes filled with inventory - I looked at the floor and what to my eyes should appear.... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43a01af1-aabc-4200-... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:05:40 EST Day 5: Baby, It's COLD Out There....and I am Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086723 It's very apparent to me I am a desert rat....with never a thought to grabbing a jacket, I stepped out this morning in my PJs and slippers to check on the status of my frost cloths as sometimes they blow off overnight. At 30 degrees, I realized very quickly this was a mistake - but, I was already outside so Ih toughed it out and finished my check. <BR> <BR> And, my sole thought the whole time (OK, I was pleased the frost cloths had not shifted) was "How lucky am I to not HAVE to be outsid... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:09:44 EST Day 4: Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086336 After posting my last blog, I found myself still glued to the computer finishing small tasks before moving along with my plan. So....I tossed the plan out of the window, shifted the whites to the dryer, shut down the house and took a walk for my lunch. <BR> <BR> While a bit nippy outside - I wore a blouse, an over-blouse, a scarf and a jacket - the sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I made good time arriving at the Subway shop just 1,700 steps from my home and was divesting mysel... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:04:04 EST Day 3:...OK, I'm clearly one day off here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085822 ....but, of late, that seems to be my pattern. And, rather than bemoan the fact and give up, I am going to push through pretending to myself and to the world that I have a handle on this. <BR> <BR> As they say.... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aea27a52-9012-4bed-9380-86cd23e234d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a stressful week, so far (actually, weekend into the week)...budget, budget, budget...and I believe I am seeing the net effect - my weight is up 2lbs. But, th... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:50:26 EST Day 2: .......Re-igniting My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084620 I am aware today is actually Day 3...but, I had this all typed out yesterday before life grabbed my attention and I simply forgot to come back to post..... <BR> <BR> As part of making 2016 the Year of Dolly, and keeping in mind my 2016 Word - Intentional - <BR> I set out some wellness goals to be achieved by December 31. <BR> <BR> I know I need to set some benchmarks to measure my progress and I need to develop the specifics of HOW I will achieve each goal....but here they are and I'm hop... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:23:59 EST Day 1: My Journey to Re-ignite My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083347 While reading today through some Spark blogs, I was struck by a constant theme - that of a daily positive statement. This positive statement might be taped to the refrigerator, written in a journal or posted in a blog...it might be several paragraphs long or one single sentence...the point is to think of something positive thus engendering a positive statement of mind. <BR> <BR> After some thought, this may be a great vehicle for me to use to re-ignite my spark and make good progress on ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:53:59 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078844 Well, this is the last day of this particular challenge - at least, officially. However, as stated in my earlier blog, I'm continuing the changes I've implemented as they will be part of the cornerstone of my wellness plan going forward. <BR> <BR> I have my Daily Fitness planned to include at least 10min continuous activity and will execute - without interruption or excuses - as soon as I've finished this blog. The fun add-on to my routine will be to dance with abandon to at least one Hoke... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:20:36 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077686 EDIT: I figured out my 'positive for ME' thing....I'm going to cull my pics and select some to display on my new digital picture frame given me by Son#2 at Christmas. This task has certainly taken a back seat long enough.... <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> In addition to my Daily Fitness cornerstone, today's Goal Plan includes a stretch component...well, a stretch component for me. I need to do something positive for ME. <BR> <BR> It isn't that I'm not capable of doing something for my... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:33:58 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076944 EDIT: I started my Daily Fitness a bit late in the day and it was very difficult not to rush but I forced myself to take my time and pay attention to my body and my movements. I then fit in the last of my 10,000 Steps before beginning a later dinner. Fortunately, I had posted my positive thought earlier in the day as well as counted my fiber intake. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ....continuing the BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge....below is my Goal Plan for today. <BR> <BR> The cornerston... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:53:47 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076593 The BLC30 Wk#1 WEC is meant to encourage us to develop life-long healthy habits & routines with several challenge options offered. <BR> <BR> After much thought - and keeping in mind my Word for 2016 (Intentional) - I have decided my new healthy habit is going to be an intentional fitness routine. <BR> <BR> To that end, I selected three options to integrate into my daily life - through this weekend and beyond. <BR> <BR> Friday, January 22 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:25:36 EST Wishing Each of You A Lovely Day ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075205 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a1507d2-3b45-4ff0-9b74-9c35d7f64a40.jpg"> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:42:20 EST Advice From a Butterfly.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070196 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f64a7e46-7bb4-4843-b16c-247512a009f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Get out of your cocoon <BR> Take yourself lightly <BR> Look for the sweetness in life <BR> Take time to smell the flowers <BR> Catch a breeze <BR> Treat yourself like a monarch <BR> <BR> This is my Computing Time of Tea mug....pleasant to view and so true !! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:35:17 EST Live With Intention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cce1357b-2f1a-448b-aee1-f7e416ce9da3.jpg"> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:58:54 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059921 I saw this days ago and commented with my commitment to Never Quit....then forgot to re-post adding my name to the bottom...oh well, better late than never... <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for m... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:13:15 EST 100 Day Challenge: Re-igniting My Spark...Stage #1 - Getting to Know ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059724 I believe my most important challenge right now is the re-igniting of my Spark - I realize I've been faking it for a while here. <BR> <BR> That being written, it is a process...a process begun by visualizing my eventual self & setting a plan for success. <BR> <BR> It is a part of my psyche to always put everything ahead of ME...it's not that I don't like ME but I have Scarlett O-Harra Syndrome - I'll think about that (ME) later....and later just never arrives organically. <BR> <BR> So, my ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 08:19:53 EST Happy 2016...and Welcoming a New Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056965 16/01/04 UPDATE: I am doing very well - feeling just fine - after leaving the hospital. It's almost like it never happened...but, it did and I need to not fall into complacence. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to every one who has read my blog and chosen to leave a comment. This in itself reinforces in me the will to strive. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c395a7e-842c-44ab-9c21-eecae6bf3aac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2016 has dawned bright and sunny....and with a new perspec... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:43:58 EST Continuing to Create Dolly.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889152 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903911225.jpg"> <BR> "All change comes from starting where you are, not from where you think you should be or wish you were. <BR> And your past self needs to be honored for enduring instead of wished away. <BR> Initially, it's a memory of pain, but increasingly a reminder of growth and strength." <BR> <BR> I read the above just a bit ago and it spoke so loudly to me - the first sentence, most especially. <BR> <BR> For a few years, I have ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:40:38 EST A Thought to Shape My March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884681 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571378249.jpg"> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:23:40 EST Attitude Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870604 "Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us"~ Earl Nightingale <BR> <BR> Of late - about 6 months - I've been dealing with a very difficult person. She's been 'running the show' in one of my groups for more years than I know and there has bee a growing discontent with her and her attitude. <BR> <BR> Last year I was elected as President - as clearly stated to me, specifically to oversee her activities and ensure our group is following the bylaws. Of course, she has b... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:31:10 EST My Mantra for February: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869411 "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> -- Denis Waitley Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:18:54 EST HELLO February... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867817 ....where did January go ?? <BR> <BR> In the past, that's where. Whatever mistakes you made, whatever slip-ups you experienced, whatever didn't work out as planned during the first month of 2015....let it go ! <BR> <BR> Let's all GRAB this NEW month, this NEW week, this NEW day....this NEW OPPORTUNITY...and make the most of it ! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What changes for SUCCESS will you make? <BR> Will you eat differently? <em>341</em> <BR> Will you exercise differently? More ST? ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:08:40 EST Don't Be A Fool.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864563 Only a FOOL allows the past to control their future. <BR> <BR> Whatever mistakes you've made...whatever regrets you may have, <BR> LET IT GO ! <BR> <BR> Learn from those mistakes - learn from those regrets - then MOVE ON ! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601636296.jpg"> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:12:30 EST What I Hope to Accomplish During BLC27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854516 During BLC27 - which begins today - I have a 3-point goal...a triangle because each aspect is key to my success and each aspect depends upon the other two for success. <BR> <BR> My Triangle of Goals: <BR> <em>26</em> re-ignite my enthusiasm <BR> <em>26</em> re-dedicate myself to my personal wellness <BR> <em>26</em> reclaim my early BLC success <BR> <BR> My first step will be to 'play it til I make it'...unfortunately, enthusiasm doesn't appear at the snap of my fingers. But, if I in... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:14:19 EST