EBLOOMING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EBLOOMING EBLOOMING'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/ Watch This Spot ~ 2018 Blog Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3631c69-e02a-43f8-aa54-5bd585cd6bbf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One small step at a time. It seems that some steps are larger, like the one I took to have the Watchman Procedure done on my heart.. I bit the bullet and had it done. One very big plus is that I do not have to take the rat poison (blood thinners). Now I only take a baby aspirin each evening and one blood pressure pill. As my year progresses and my exercise program come to fruition I hope to... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:27:57 EST Decision Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361114 This has really got me thinking! I was diagnosed with AFIB and taking meds produced allergies. I am a candidate for the Watchman which is a device that is placed in your heart to control the AFIB problem. According to a search I've done it has 95/96% success rate. Does anyone who reads this have the experience with the Watchman procedure? I would like to know your results. Please contact me. THANKS FOR READING MY BLOG. EBLOOMING Fri, 12 May 2017 17:04:47 EST Goals 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082477 It is time to post some Goals for the new year 2017 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) <em>91</em> Make food plan weekly ~ DRINK WATER ~ 8 PLUS DAILY <BR> <BR> 2) <em>4</em> Healthful Eating ~ More Veggies and Fruits, Write it down, Mindful eating out. An idea from a Sparker friend (Think ahead (plan ahead) what will I eliminate like bread, fried foods, etc) <BR> <BR> 3) <em>318</em> Movement ~ Since having a hard case of bursitis in hips I must exercise gingerly. Light yoga or chair with ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:33:46 EST TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836151 My daughter (DEBRA1209) summed up our 12 days together, expressing her interest to continue. <BR> My focus was on 1) Quiet time 2) Exercise 3) Clean eating <BR> <BR> One thing I learned about me is that I try to do too many things altogether and set myself up for failure. So, I have to say the one thing I learned is not to beat myself over not achieving all of the too many things I have selected to work on. <BR> <BR> * Learned: Choosing only one thing at a time!! Celebrate!!! <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:12:48 EST Notice: Are you sleep deprived? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829206 This was sent to me and I thought worthy of sharing. <BR> <BR> Did you know that sleep aids interfere with your normal sleep patterns? <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> In the afternoon, the sun's rays lose their blue light, which allows your body to produce melatonin and start making you sleepy. By the <BR> evening, your brain does not expect any blue light exposure and is very <BR> sensitive to it. The problem this creates for sleep is that most of our <BR> favorite evening devices—lapto... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:11:21 EST God calls Adelaide into the USA Air Force http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624841 My youngest grand daughter Adelaide is going into the Air Force. <BR> <BR> I remember those little eyes that sparkled with fun when she was little. She had curly red hair that bounced when she ran, a smile that could melt the hardest of hearts. Playing with favorite toys, dolls and dishes. Learning to spell and do math with her sisters help and learning to cook for family. Brothers and sisters enjoyed sometimes. <BR> <BR> Adelaide was homeschooled and learned discipline at home. <BR> ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:23:53 EST Words Beautiful Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619563 <BR> "Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose." Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) <BR> <BR> I am going to ask God to help me to speak words of encouragement in all the relationships He brings into my life today. Words that build up and not tear down. Words that speak truth with love. Words that are beautiful and bring honor to God Himself. Only by His grace can this happen. <BR> <BR> We recently had a lot of snow. For Oregon 7-8 inches is treacherous and we do not ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 15:47:58 EST Smart Ways To Soothe Muscle Soreness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600757 Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles <BR> <BR> Decode, Treat and Prevent 5 Common Types of Post-Workout Pain <BR> <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Muscle Cramps <BR> At one time or another, you've probably experienced a muscle cramp in your calf, foot or hamstring. Muscle cramps are basically sudden, involuntary contractions or spasms. They most commonly occur after exercise or at night and can last from a few seconds to several minu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:30:52 EST Mud Mucking In The Rain ~ umbrella in hand...5k Pearl Pilates for Parkinsons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499594 I want to thank my daughter for inviting me to the Parkinson's walk at Oaks Park. It was a bit difficult for me to do a 5K since I am not really in that great of shape. (Mud, mucking in the rain no less) It sure reminded me to get going, get with it with a routine of walking, gym workouts of strength training, joining a yoga class or.... hey wouldn't it be fun to join the Pearl Pilates Studio!!!???!!! <BR> <BR> My that was inspirational and really brought my goals into sight more clearly: <B... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:11:59 EST Setting Goals Helps Me To Become S.M.A.R.T. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430790 <em>380</em> Victory!! <em>380</em> Victory!! <em>380</em> Victory!! <em>380</em> Victory!! <BR> <BR> I was able to get some bags of clothes ready for ARC. <em>242</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Next Goal: <BR> <em>341</em> Remove two more bags of old, outgrown, or unused cloths. <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> Done by next Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Sort out rest of my books. <BR> <BR> Done by end of July. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>202</em> Organize photo picture ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:53:54 EST S M A R T http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426529 It has been awhile since I posted a blog (two months to be exact) so thinking that I must do a goal post: <BR> <BR> This week I plan to do and am willing to do using SMART plan: <BR> <BR> <BR> S= specific <BR> M= measurable <BR> A= attainable <BR> R= realistic <BR> T= timely <BR> <BR> S~I will go through my closet and downsize it. <BR> M~I will put clothes into black garbage bags for ARC giving. <BR> A~I will do this on Saturday & Monday (Tues ARC ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:58:32 EST Hurrah! Week 1 Finished ~ Lucky Seven ~ Successfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362832 I have made the decision to do The Spark Solution for 2 weeks, seven days because of the rut I was in; going up and down on the scale and boredom with my same old same old. (Not the fault of anyone but my own) My mind and body needed a change. I desperately needed a new plan and new motivation to work the plan. <BR> <BR> What have I seen or felt in the first week? <BR> I have not noticed a day of being famished or surprisingly no craving. <BR> I have lost weight, 2#. More than that I hav... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:16:57 EST THE DAY IS HERE ~ TWO WEEKS TO CHANGE MY LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353350 My SPARK SOLUTION has arrived. I am deep into it read Part I, the 14 day jump start. Also I will need a few items from the list of the foods I will need for 2 week starting Monday. I have a lot of the items and this is not new stuff for me. For two weeks I will join the people who bought and have determined to read and do the two week eating plan. A complete plan to fast track weight loss and total body health. <BR> <BR> The Eight Habits of Highly Successful Dieters: (From the book) <BR>... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:28:30 EST ANY DAY NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350983 I am sitting by the window waiting for the delivery truck to bring "The Spark Solution". They should come today the 9th of May. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I are going to Helga's Lilac Orchard today for mom's day. <BR> <BR> I will come back and post pictures. <BR> <BR> I will let you know further about Spark Solution too. Thu, 9 May 2013 12:58:01 EST I AM OFFICIAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346624 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695133588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ordered the Spark Solution!!! This entitles me to membership to Spark Guys Team for THREE months. I will be given tips on how to best DO THIS because I will have a coach. Plus, I will receive TWO DVD of exercise and other gifts, like lots of points. I also ordered the cook book. I am anxiously waiting for it to arrive. <BR> <BR> I managed to choose the topic I really need: <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:46:00 EST SPARK GUYS CHECKIN GAVE ME LOTS TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254962 <em>347</em> I did lots of spinning today because I finished <BR> SPARK GUYS CHECK IN!!! SEVENTY THREE POINTS!!! THANKS SPARK GUY!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:09:59 EST FOR ME SETTING GOALS MEANS...WILLINGNESS TO ACT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156116 GOALS??? <em>38</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> <BR> S= specific <BR> M= measurable <BR> A= attainable <BR> R= realistic <BR> T= timely <BR> <BR> This is the best time of year...Christmas is a wonderful time to set new goals. <BR> I am thankful for my Team of Champs II who have decided to encourage one another to set new goals. What??? December set goals??? A present to me!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> A new mindset and this is what I have come up with: <BR> <BR> 1. Willing... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:21:48 EST TRANSFORMATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291200232.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644735134.jpg">TRANSFORMATION <BR> <BR> Chapter 6 MTC <BR> <BR> Assignment: <BR> Come up with a spiritual marker. Examples: frame a word that means the most to you, write the word “peace” on your scale, write your new name on a white stone. <BR> <BR> Yes, COURAGEOUS!!!!! <em>345</em> It takes awesome courage from God BECAUSE IT IS COMMITMENT IN STONE. <BR> <BR> My ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:13:00 EST BENEFITS of ACCOUNTABILITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967402 Got a plan & 'DO THE RIGHT THING'...one of the first steps to developing a healthy lifestyle of eating..it is realistic and I am accountable since I have started with SPARK PEOPLE!!! <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> Charting my food intake on SPARK NUTRITION GUIDE <BR> <em>129</em> (I chose a plan for heart health) It keeps me accountable. <BR> <em>129</em> The thing I love about it is that I can see each day by doing the tally of each food item. I see what I am missing out on in my nutrition and ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:17:35 EST SECRETS MY BODY REVEALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945555 Chapter 3 ~ Getting A Plan <BR> <BR> "My changing body revealed all my secrets...poor food choices were sabatoging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Food had become like a drug. And, honestly, a good drug choice for a Christian woman. Every church event I attended readily provided my drug out in the open with no hesitation or judgement." <BR> <BR> These are the words of Lisa Terkeurst author of Made to Crave. <BR> <BR> Even as the hard work of digging, spading, planting, ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:05:46 EST THE BATTLE THAT RAGED IN MY HEART http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926498 CHAPTER 2 ~ Replacing My Cravings (Made To Crave ~ Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> This wasn't really about the scale or what clothing size I was; it was about this battle that raged in my heart. Something that God is challenging me to surrender to Him. REALLY SURRENDER. Surrender to the point that I make radical changes. <BR> <BR> Is it possible that I rely on food more than I rely on God??? <BR> <BR> Psalm 78:18 "They willfully put God to the test by demanding the... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:56:39 EST WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909194 MADE TO CRAVE ~ CHAPTER 1 ~ WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT. <BR> <BR> 1. PERSONIFY CRAVING BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE OF IT: <BR> My Cravings express themselves differently at different times. <BR> ~ When I am truly hungary I crave eating a balanced meal with protein, carbs, vegetables and usually something sweet when finished with the main meal. <BR> ~ One thing I notice is that when I go to a public place and am around people eating such as a potluck I am still craving when I return home and usually ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 20:04:41 EST LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844198 To quote a famous person... <BR> <BR> "It's not the years in your life that count, <BR> It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> As one of my spark friends said, "Real life is in Jesus, life and joy for all of eternity!" The life in my years with Jesus is what really counts. <BR> <BR> *My main goal was to make a short blog! Yes, I accomplished that but although it is a good quote something is missing so her is my add on: <BR> <BR> To know Jesus is to breathe and thi... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:01:57 EST IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU COULD'VE BEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822366 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes_<BR>translation.asp?id=103 </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started my walking again...I got sidetracked by pain. <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to God this time to walk each day except Sunday is my day of rest. <BR> <BR> After my indoor walk at Wellspring I had a cup a coffee/decaf & regular. There was a nice person who moved here bag to make room for me. She (Tara) was a young woman of 30 to my 60 plus. Tara was doing some research on her comput... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 19:48:48 EST Sugar Freedom ~ My Journey ~ My Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794089 Sunday, March 18, 2012 <BR> <BR> (update 11/30/2012) <BR> Your Brain on Sugar <BR> <BR> Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals, too. And overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain activity similar to what's seen in drug addicts -- and that activity w... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:31:22 EST CELEBRATING 3RD & 4TH SPARK ANNIVERSARIES!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727414 <em>505</em> MEMBER SINCE NOV25-DEC 1, 2007 <em>506</em> <BR> <BR> How could I have neglected such an important event??? Twice??? <BR> <BR> I just have been so busy logging nutrition, water drank, steps, activities, than keeping my posting current with teams that have been so much a part of my life change and such an important key to my growth in healthy living...encouraging others and being encouraged by YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Postings to: <BR> <BR> Christian Women Over fifty, out of that... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:31:38 EST ~ THE DIAMOND ROMANS 8 ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652034 God began speaking to me in my pain, tears, anger, and the <BR> <BR> betrayal; all that I felt was the opposite of love. He also told <BR> <BR> me to study out scriptures on LOVE. For my feeling was to <BR> <BR> retaliate. He directed me to a blog from January 2, 2012 by <BR> <BR> liveandlaughwithjesus "When you have Truth without Love". Also, <BR> <BR> he told me that he would never leave me in Matthew 28:20 <BR> <BR> "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have <BR>... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:24:06 EST SAY NO TO SLEEP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569682 MEDICATIONS, THAT IS. <BR> <BR> I just ran across my SPARKPEOPLE daily challenge and it caught my eye. <BR> <BR> Say no to sleep medications. Use exercise instead! People who exercise for 50 minutes 4-5 times a week fall asleep 54% faster and stay asleep longer than those who work out less, according to new research. <BR> <BR> Now, that is an individual thing. When exercise is not possible, injuries, well you know what I mean. It is not for everyone. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Keep... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 12:45:37 EST MY BREAK UP LETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563673 Dear Procrastination, <BR> <BR> Oh I have looked hard at you & your personality. You have habitually put off doing important things like walking, leaving junk food & ice cream alone, cleaning that garage, yard work, helping out another person. Why have I hung around you so long, too long? I have become good at imitating you and your tricks; putting things off until later with the excuse, it takes too much time, I will do it later, my hip (finger, big toe, neck, back, arm, leg, stomach) hurts... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:36:49 EST RED CARPET EVENT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527099 It is my time to report on the Red Carpet Event...hahahahahahaha! It was certainly different than what was in my head. I guess I expected to have some type of pampering. <em>246</em> We signed up for it, received our recognition by checking in, I brought 8 cans of food for the Aware Foodbank and received raffle tickets, there was a 30% discount at the source (jewelry, clothes, health foods, cards etc) moving around the circle I come to a camera set up for photograph, totally surprising ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 17:16:24 EST September 2011 MAKING GOALS USEFUL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462806 ALL THINGS ARE NEW!!! New Goals 2011-12 <BR> <BR> What do I want to accomplish? I want to lose 55 pounds. <BR> <BR> When do I want to accomplish it? I want to accomplish this in 11 months so I want to reach my goal by September 2012. <BR> <BR> How will I know I've accomplished it? I will wear two sizes smaller in jeans and dresses. BP will be much lower. <BR> <BR> Is it realistic and challenging? It is realistic as it means losing 5# per month!!! <BR> <BR> I will accomplish it wit... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 14:40:10 EST FROZEN Blueberry Cheesecake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4438548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l829663473.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture is not readable so below are instructions: <BR> <BR> Frozen Blueberry Cheesecake <BR> <BR> We topped a light layer of vanilla cake with creamy, tangy frozen cheesecake and fresh berries. <BR> Work: 20 minutes Total: 9 hours <BR> <BR> 1 box white cake mix, batter prepared <BR> 3 1/2 cups (12 oz) blueberries plus more for serving <BR> 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar <BR> 2 tsp fresh lemon juice <BR> 12 o... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 15:35:24 EST A WISE MAN'S WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350313 <BR> <BR> THOMAS JEFFERSON <BR> <BR> <BR> At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor. <BR> <BR> At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. <BR> <BR> At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. <BR> <BR> At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. <BR> <BR> At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. <BR> <BR> At 23, started his own law practice. <BR> <BR> At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. <BR> <BR> At 31, wrote the wi... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:34:49 EST WE SHALL NOT FORGET TO REMEMBER THEM. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265070 This is Memorial Day weekend in our country, the USA. It means different things to different people. To some, it simply means that they get Monday off & don't have to work. An opportunity for a three day weekend. For others, it will be a time of reflection, as they remember those in their own immediate families whom they lost during times of war. A TIME FOR US TO REMEMBER! Too many of us do not remember very well. We often forget to remember. <BR> <BR> Those heroes who gave so much fo... Mon, 30 May 2011 12:45:09 EST ONE DAY AT A TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257531 "The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top." <BR> - Herb Elliott <BR> <BR> ATTITUDE ~ There it is again surfacing to the top! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> MEASUREMENT ~ There are a few ways to measure success; charting exercise your individ... Thu, 26 May 2011 11:18:32 EST COURAGE TO PERSEVERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218833 ~ Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. ~ James Bryant Conant <BR> <BR> "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men (women) of courage; be strong. Do everything in love." II Corinthians 16:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307037244.jpg"> <BR> This turtle was raised by my grandson. It was tiny but grew to about 8" x 11". <BR> <BR> <BR> Track your progress. Each time you reach a goal or take a positive step... Sun, 8 May 2011 20:13:26 EST BRAIN NUTRITION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131757 Revised from TOPS magazine: <BR> <BR> BRAIN NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Depending on where you are in the human life cycle, the term "brain health" will probably bring different images to mind. <BR> <BR> Latter Years ~ Alzheimer's disease. <BR> Childbearing Years ~ Development of their child's brain. <BR> Attending School ~ Jobs & School ability to concentrate and solve problems. <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean Diet ~ appears to prevent decline in cognitive function & reduce risk of (MCI) mild cogni... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:57:13 EST MIXED EMOTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3997800 It was weigh in time on Thursday night with my support group. Gingerly I stepped on the scale after removing shoes, watch, jewellery, glasses etc.... <BR> Oh No!! I am up by 1 pound! So, we continue the meeting. It is awards night. <BR> I am sitting there feeling defeated because of the gain. <BR> <BR> AWARDS: <BR> Perfect attendance award ~ I AM A WINNER!! <BR> Picking a ball out of the bag ~ I AM A WINNER...$1.00 <BR> Highest loser for the month ~ I AM A WINNER ... WIN OF $5.00 <BR> ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:53:50 EST JUST 10% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945982 A LONG RANGE GOAL FOR JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH is to LOSE, DROP, GET RID OF just 10% of my body weight and that can significantly improve my blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and overall heart health. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> THAT IS WHAT I AM AFTER....A HEALTHY HEART!!! <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:30:03 EST GOALS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF THE NEW YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925214 I am posting a new set of GOALS because I have reflecting on the old year 2010 I am re-evaluating my new year 2011. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight in that year after the ups and downs. I started out at 183.2 and ended at 177. Slow and yet not so steady. <BR> <BR> I would like to see less of me and less of the 'ups and downs'. I am ready to commit to a new set of plans. <BR> <BR> "This one thing I will do ...as Paul says in Philippians 3:13 Forgetting those things which are behind, an... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:13:24 EST LOVELY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829076 <BR> This was sent to me by my daughter. It is unusual and lovely. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/AlphabetPhotogr<BR>aphy </link> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 02:32:47 EST DUST IF YOU MUST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3766201 <BR> I was looking for a poem about our topic of the day so here goes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Cheers to the alternative to dusting. <BR> Elaine <BR> <BR> <link>/www.lovethissite.com/dust/ </link> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 15:07:33 EST RAISE THE BAR ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700705 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l423173307.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57298635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So much to see and so little time!!! <BR> <BR> I want to commit to being more actively pursuing my walking. I don't like recording less than 5,000 steps 'Sedentary' and am aiming for at least 'Somewhat Active' which is 7,500~9,999 steps on my pedometer. <BR> <BR> Long term goal is an 'Old Order Amish Women' with less than 4% body fat ~ 14,... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:32:17 EST SOLE SUPPORT FOR PARKINSONS ~ DEBRA'S PEARLS Do 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3679667 We, all nine of us headed for the 5K raining heavily on our windshield of the old van with lunch in tow, rain gear, rain hats & umbrellas and water bottles . I Whispered a prayer for the rain to stop. As we got to the Willamette Park you will never guess...the rain stopped!! Praises to God for favoring everyone on this day. We were getting pumped now. Our shirts said Debra's Pearls with her pilatis studio name on the back: <BR> PILATIS FOR PARKINSONS & PEARL PILATIS STUDIO (Pilatis & Gyro... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:19:00 EST This Andrea Boccelli ~ Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3602546 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.greatdanepro.com/Pray%20For%20Am<BR>erica/index.htm </link> Fri, 3 Sep 2010 01:57:14 EST REFLECTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600840 Reflections of Vacation Days Gone By ~ <BR> <BR> It is always so refreshing to get away <BR> Spend time with family <BR> Hugs of hello <BR> Watch the sun set <BR> Walk in the sand <BR> Listen to the waves beating on the shore <BR> Laugh a lot <BR> Watch my grand children play & laugh <BR> Hear about the excitement of school coming up <BR> Or not <BR> Watch my eight waking up <BR> Enjoy the food together <BR> The long table we all ate at <BR> Pray our thank you's to God together <BR> Eat ban... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 14:50:43 EST Two Things Plus More Came from Seven Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l466449434.jpg"> <BR> My desire is to share my previous week of study with you. It was a heritage from the Lord. There were so many more than two things...plus so much that I cannot write them all. He spoke much to me about single living (some of which I will share later). <BR> <BR> Two things that I plan to do is 1)write a letter a thanks to my Pastor of 11 years when I was going through a very tough time in my life at age 27 & for the m... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:13:54 EST THE DOC ASKED ME ~ WHAT DID YOU DO? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3440154 WHAT DID I DO? I had to think about that & I did some research to check myself out for the past six weeks. This is what I came up with: <BR> <BR> My test results from May 7 were somewhat less than Doc wanted me to have and BP high 165/67 so he wanted me to do a retake after 6 months which was June 25. He said "great"!! <BR> My LDL (the bad cholestrol) was down 33 points at 104 <BR> My HDL (the good cholestrol) was up 6 points at 57 <BR> My Triglycerides was up 5 points at 57 <BR> My tota... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 01:04:48 EST SUMMERTIME FRUITS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3420726 WITH POTLUCKS, BARBEQUE OR FAMILY GATHERING IN THE AIR THIS RECIPE GIVEN TO ME BY MY DD LOOKS LIKE A WINNER. Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Thanks KERMITFRAB <BR> <BR> <BR> LAYERED SUMMER FRUITS W/CREAMY LIME DRESSING <BR> <BR> Cater to a crowd with ease by serving this lovely and luscious <BR> <BR> salad. Prep Time 40 min Makes about 24 servings (1/2 cup <BR> <BR> each). <BR> <BR> Creamy Lime Dressing <BR> 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened <BR> 1/2 cup frozen limeade concentrate, th... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:26:18 EST GOAL FOR JULY ~ ACHIEVE BY BELIEVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390434 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304905.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l513003995.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72543833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> During my trip to the beach with family we made collages from a stack of magazines and I'm developing from it my goals for July. <BR> <BR> 1)Eat healthy <em>341</em> <em>4</em> <em>191</em> <BR> 2)Get hooked on exercise ~ walking & water walking <em>311</em> <em>... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 17:45:37 EST