EMMACORY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMMACORY EMMACORY'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/ Re-boot time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286919 I have started thinking about how I want to re-boot my healthily lifestyle for 2017. By 1/1 I will map out my strategy. I know what to do...just need to decide what to focus on. The BL and 5% teams provide focus and motivation. <BR> <BR> I need to see the doctor in February in preparation for cataract surgery on March 1st. So my first goal is to lose 6-8 pounds by 2/13. <BR> <BR> Are you planning your own re-boot? Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:09:02 EST Spark Premium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268906 Some of you have been happy with Spark Premium. So as a reward to myself for blogging all week as part of the LTGL challenge, I rewarded myself. Good bye "ads"! Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:43:58 EST Extra hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268685 Had a meeting today that I thought was at 10 but really was 9! Guess I wanted an extra hour for myself. Did not really miss much and it was OK. In my earlier years I would really stress out about something like this....today I just let it go. One of the blessings of growing older (wiser) and not sweating the small stuff. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:46:27 EST The End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268121 Today ends the fall biggest loser and this weekend the 5% teams will finish. I can not say that I did very well. I stayed in the game and will take time to ponder what I need to do next. I will <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:23:20 EST New computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267548 My new computer arrived today. Someone set it up for me. Now the learning curve begins once again....My only worry is all my passwords were automatically saved. I hope I have the right Spark password! Right now I am on my Kindle so that gives me some breathing space. So my brain cells will be exercising more.... <em>334</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:06:01 EST The power of one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266940 Break it down: <BR> <BR> One step. <BR> One minute. <BR> One mile. <BR> One workout. <BR> One choice. <BR> One bite. <BR> One meal. <BR> One hour. <BR> One day. <BR> One week. <BR> One pound. <BR> <BR> I believe I read this on Spark....what is the ONE thing you will do today...tomorrow... <BR> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:04:16 EST Tips for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266306 Eat well <BR> Move daily <BR> Hydrate often <BR> Sleep lots <BR> Love your body <BR> <BR> REPEAT FOR LIFE <BR> <BR> A quote sent to me by a friend.... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:00:55 EST 5% team....last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265912 For our LTGL (Living the good life) challenge this week we are encouraged to blog. So here I am. I joined the Spirited Underdawgs about a year ago. I was not sure what to expect and was not sure about the 5% part. We all do our best and encourage one another. Some on the team lose the 5% weight but most of us do not. The important thing is that we are in it together and we support one another. So if you are sitting on the fence, why not jump in and join the "rookie 5% team" for the winter. Yo... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 22:12:57 EST The Power of a Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166572 I am a member of the Spirited Under Dawgs, which is a 5% challenge team. I always like to help the team start off strong. If you do 120 minutes at least 5 times during the week you are a top dawg! <em>338</em> Well I managed it the first week and the second week and it was motivating. So I decided to see if I could be a top dawg for all 8 weeks. I just finished my 120 minutes of exercise and can say I did it! Never underestimate the power of a streak! Thu, 19 May 2016 21:48:11 EST Streak is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836506 I have done 10,000+ steps for 2 years, 11 months and 19 days. Yesterday I pulled a leg muscle and I could hardly walk. I am sad to see my streak ending yet I must be prudent an take care of my leg by giving it extra rest. I do not think I have ever done a streak that long before. Will start again when I can walk comfortably. <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> What is your longest streak? <em>213</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:33:21 EST 100 Days of ST challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785044 Today I completed a 100 days of doing ST for 10 minutes.. I had not been consistent in doing ST and so I thought this might be a good way to focus on getting it done. It worked! I am feeling proud that I set a goal and met it. <BR> <BR> Now to think about a new challenge! <em>362</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:44:08 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765514 Does anyone know what happened to BOBCATGIRL76? She just finished her Whole30 and interviewed for a new job and has a wedding in couple of months. I follow her blogs and have not seen any and when I try to go to her Spark page there is no sign of her being here. Does anyone know? Thanks! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:17:04 EST Layman's Ten Commandments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682749 <BR> 1 - Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 - So why is a car's WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 - Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:54:02 EST LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666756 Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. <BR> Life is beauty, admire it. <BR> Life is a dream, realize it. <BR> Life is a challenge, meet it. <BR> Life is a duty, complete it. <BR> Life is a game, play it. <BR> Life is a promise, fulfill it. <BR> Life is sorrow, overcome it. <BR> Life is a song, sing it. <BR> Life is a struggle, accept it. <BR> Life is a tragedy, confront it. <BR> Life is an adventure, dare it. <BR> Life is luck, make it. <BR> Life is life, fight for it. <BR> <BR... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:09:29 EST Irish Soda Bread recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646143 IRISH SODA BREAD <BR> <BR> 4 Cups of unbleached flour <BR> 3 tablespoons sugar <BR> 1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder <BR> ½ teaspoon salt <BR> 1 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 6 tablespoons butter or margarine <BR> 1 ½ cups dark seedless raisins <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 ½ cup butter milk <BR> <BR> Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease well a 1 ½ quart round casserole and coat with flour. (or 2 smaller bowls) <BR> <BR> In a large bowl with fork or spoon mix flour and next 4 ingredients. With p... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:52:13 EST God's Conversation Hearts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624036 Be Mine - John 3:16 <BR> All Mine - John 10:27-30 <BR> True Love - Jeremiah 31:3 <BR> Love Me - Luke 10:27 <BR> I'm Sure - John 14:1-3 <BR> Sweet Talk - Psalm 119:103 <BR> Be Good - John 14:15 <BR> Fax Me - Jeremiah 33:3 <BR> <BR> Happy Heart day! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:06:07 EST The Great Gift of You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606940 The Great Gift of You <BR> <BR> Whatever you do with your life—whatever you end up achieving or not achieving—the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are; your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s. If so much as a single one of you were missing, there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill. <BR> <BR> Frederick Buechner <BR> Source: The Clo... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:04:30 EST Mary Dunbar quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596425 We are each <BR> gifted in a unique <BR> and important way. <BR> <BR> It is our privilege and our <BR> adventure to discover <BR> our own special light. <BR> <BR> So shall we let our light shine? <em>67</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:37:53 EST Cincinnati Area SparkPeople Member Rally 4/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587104 I received this information and thought there may be others out there in Spark land that would like to know about this. <BR> <BR> Cincinnati Area SparkPeople Member Rally 4/26/14 <BR> <BR> April 26th from 9 am to 5 pm <BR> <BR> Microtel Inns and Suites Conference Room <BR> <BR> Address: 7490 Woodspoint Dr, Florence, KY 41042 <BR> Phone:(859) 746-8100 <BR> <BR> <BR> Presentations By: <BR> <BR> Tina Wiseley aka Hoosiergirlindy lost 200 <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl lost 240+ <BR... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:16:44 EST Peronal Clutter Challenge - January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578233 In 2012 I stopped drinking diet coke and added 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> In 2013 I walked 10,000+ steps a day as a way to get moving more on the weekends. <BR> <BR> In 2014 I want to tackle the clutter in the house. I plan to take a different room each month. I will start with my bedroom. I am thinking as the clutter decreases that I will feel lighter in other ways. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:36:47 EST Let Your God Love You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573993 <BR> Be silent. <BR> Be still. <BR> Alone. <BR> Empty <BR> Before your God. <BR> Say nothing. <BR> Be silent. <BR> Be still. <BR> Let your God look upon you. <BR> That is all. <BR> God knows. <BR> God understands. <BR> God love you <BR> With an enormous love, <BR> And only wants <BR> To look upon you <BR> With that love. <BR> Quiet. <BR> Still. <BR> Be. <BR> Let your God -- <BR> Love you. <BR> <BR> -- Edwina Gately, from Whispers: Conversation with Edwina Gately (Chicago: Source Books, 2000... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:40:03 EST Divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568981 An elderly man in Oklahoma calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!" "Dad, what are you talking about?" the son yells. "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old dad explained. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!". Frantic, the son calls his sister, w... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:35:50 EST Quote about love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561689 To truly <BR> LOVE... <BR> we must <BR> forgive <BR> and <BR> give in <BR> <BR> Mother Frances Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:37:07 EST Feeling Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559451 I learned this evening that Peter (33) had gone home to God. He and his family had moved to St. Louis recently and he was waiting for a lung transplant. He leaves behind his wife Eileen and a 5 year old daughter and 18 old month son. Peter was a faith filled person and I have no doubt that he is in the warm embrace of his God. I feel so sad for the family and those of us who were Peter's friend. May God also comfort and console us as we walk these days of letting go. Rest in peace Peter. Yo... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:50:49 EST Only Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558414 Only Remember <BR> <BR> I shall not pray to God for you <BR> for what I think you would <BR> like to have, or ought to have, <BR> of gain or grace or good; <BR> or even for your current dream, <BR> however absolute <BR> lest time should prove we both had begged <BR> for you a bitter fruit . . . <BR> only remember you with love <BR> without the least request; <BR> and God, who loves you more than I, <BR> will do for you what’s best. <BR> <BR> Ruth Van Gorder Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:28:31 EST Suggestions anyone??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553994 In 2012 I stopped drinking diet coke and started my 8 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> In 2013 I started doing 10,000+ steps a day. <BR> <BR> For 2014 I am looking for suggestions as to what I might do. IDEAS???? Thanks....... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:05:32 EST New Behaviors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552900 This morning I was standing outside of Half Price Bookstore for 30 minutes. It was a cool 19 degrees. I decide to walk while I waited to keep warm and to work on my 10,000 steps. This is my 4rd year of coming to wait in line. This is the first year I walked instead of just standing around. When I went to the other stores I parked quite a distance away (on purpose). So I am patting myself on the back for new behaviors. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> What new behaviors do you detect in yourself? ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:57:31 EST Being Who We Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549799 <BR> It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who we are. We face surprises. And disappointments. The crucial fact is that we are different from anybody we know and admire…. It takes all one’s courage to be the person one is, fulfilling one’s odd and unique possibilities. <BR> <BR> M. C. Richards <BR> <BR> Source: Opening Our Moral Eye Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:54:57 EST Eat Breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520536 From the Cleveland Clinic <BR> <BR> October 22, 2013 <BR> Feel full and get your weight down: Eat your biggest meal at breakfast. Consuming more calories in the morning may increase weight loss. <BR> Daily Dose <BR> You nibble at breakfast or run out the door without eating anything at all, eat a good-size lunch, and then stuff yourself at dinner. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. It is, after all, the way most of us were brought up to eat. (Remember the clean plate club?) But provocative n... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:32:34 EST On the Edge of Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493786 September has a strange and wonderful feeling. It is the best part of the summer and the hardest part of the summer. Just when summer gets perfect—fresh nights, soft sun, casual breezes, crushingly full and quietly cooling trees, empty beaches and free weekends—it ends. <BR> <BR> Life is like that, too. Just when we get it right, it starts to change. The job gets easy and we know just how to do it and they tell us we’re retired. The children grow up and get reasonable and they leave home ju... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:59:52 EST Trusting the Catcher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376033 Trust is the basis of life. Without trust, no human being can live. Trapeze artists offer a beautiful image of this. Flyers have to trust their catchers. They can do the most spectacular doubles, triples, or quadruples, but what finally makes their performance spectacular are the catchers who are there for them at the right time in the right place. <BR> <BR> Much of our lives is flying. It is wonderful to fly in the air free as a bird, but when God isn't there to catch us, all our flying co... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:47:12 EST ENJOY LEMONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356782 Sent to me by a friend..... <BR> <BR> Amazing frozen lemons All it is.....is a frozen lemon! <BR> <BR> Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? <BR> <BR> Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. <BR> <... Tue, 14 May 2013 22:03:14 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256317 <BR> <BR> Monday, August 06, 2012 <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 my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, becaus... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:38:02 EST Summer Biggest Loser Challenge with the Lemon Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024243 When I joined the team I was not really sure what to expect. I had joined other teams but never had been active. This team would be different as it required and expected active participation. Right from the start I felt welcomed and certainly was energized by the feedback and support. I like the fact that I knew what was expected of me each week and what goals we were working on together. Sometimes when I didn’t feel like exercising, I could picture all the other Lemons out there getting thei... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:37:29 EST