FLMOMX2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLMOMX2 FLMOMX2'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/ Life is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219598 Even as we in Florida are in the throes of the dog days of summer, Life is wonderful. Does that mean everything is perfect? <em>246</em> No way!! However, I believe that Gratitude is a Attitude. So I focus on the positive in my life. My beloved family is one of them. I am so blessed to be a part of this family. My children have risen and called me blessed. Am I perfect? Heck NO!! But I love them with all my heart. My husband loves me very much even with things are tough. An... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:59:57 EST Changes in Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218905 As I got up this morning and began to prep for the day, I opened my refrigerator and lo and behold there were lots of fruits and veggies. Wow! I've been sick for about a week and do shopping in small spurts. Yesterday the doctor gave me steroid and antibiotic shots because I was so sick. This morning I am finally feeling better. Even sick I was doing a green smoothie each morning. After dragging to the doctor, I had DS drive me to the store fro more supplies. Ready for this morning. <em... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:14:47 EST Sweating outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178966 Well, this is Florida, the land of high humidity and heat. So of course I HAVE to <em>211</em> go out and wash and wax my car today. The heat is not the big problem---it's the humidity. <em>40</em> The other day it was mowing the yard and edging with a 25 + year old edger. YIKES!! Told DH that it was high time for a new one. We'll see. Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Stay Cool!! <em>224</em> <em>259</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:58:11 EST Re-Boot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502753 I have started a re-boot on my eating and exercising program. I sort of lost track of keeping on my weight loss track and need to get back on track so I continue to get healthy. After my health scare in January through April, I am now very focused on getting into great health so that I won't have future problems that will impede a life of healthy and happy retirement when I reach it. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:33:35 EST So glad to see Murray win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413305 Last year while we were in England, I was heartbroken to see Murray lose his attempt to finally win the Wimbledon for Britain. Well, today for the first time in 77 years a British citizen has won the Wimbledon. So happy for him and the British. <em>244</em> <em>380</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:11:17 EST New changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317557 Since the end of January, my life has been in turmoil. My annual physical's bloodwork turned up some bad liver enzyme numbers. So ever since, I've been doing blood test on my liver number to see if they returned to normal. Well, finally at the end of March my doctor sent me to a specialist who has me on a restrictive diet with LOTS of protein and no wheat or potato in my diet. I really hope that this helps my liver and the specialist has informed me that my Triglycerides and Cholesterol... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:04:30 EST Difference of a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316459 A year ago our family was getting prepared to move to England temporarily for my husband's job. So much happened in this past year. We moved to England and lived there for 9 months and immersed ourselves into their culture. In so many ways it is similar and yet different. We toured through England, Scotland, Wales, and some of Europe. I'm glad we had this experience, but we really appreciated coming home to our way of doing things and our types of foods. <BR> <BR> Upon our return we ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:14:32 EST Mourning the loss of a Beloved Pastor & Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303531 This morning our church lost an amazing man of God. Pastor Matt lost his battle with cancer and he went to live with Jesus. Pastor Matt started as our Youth Pastor and then filled the need of Administrative Pastor later on in his time with us. He was only in his 30's and left a beautiful wife and three small children. I'd ask for prayers for his wife and three children as they go through this year of firsts. First Easter, First Mother's Day, First Father's Day and so forth without this G... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:33:39 EST Running-Sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284429 Well, I'm trying to pick up my energy level and am using running as part of my cardio. I started the year with medical issues with liver enzymes out the roof to the dismay of my doctor and myself & family. At the moment we are using milk thistle as a natural detox for the liver to get the numbers in line. The first 2 months I was restricted in activity, but now I'm having to get back in shape again. UGH!!! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> My DD and I are starting a running program. For this gir... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:53:50 EST I'll be home for Chirstmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163982 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875424396.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283709271.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134848640.jpg">WOOHOO!! I'll be home for Christmas. While I've enjoyed my time in England, I am really looking forward to being home in the USA for Christmas. We'll be with family that we haven't seen in 9 months. I miss seeing Christmas decorations on nearly everyone's houses and lawns. Not so much her... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:22:53 EST Dear daughter's Christmas cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155916 My dear daughter is sitting here in England with us for the first time in her life with not a lot of responsibilities. This is driving her just a little crazy. So she is working at her cooking and decorating skills. I'm going to attempt to upload a picture of her latest success. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1358106404.jpg"> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:51:30 EST Coming to the end of my time in England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150810 Flying back home on December 20th. WOOHOO!! Loving the cold weather in England as it feels Christmas like, but the short days are dreary. Our stuff will be picked up on December 17th. I am excited and busily trying to get everything ready for the pick-up. It'll be good to be home for Christmas and be with family. <BR> <BR> We were all sick here for Thanksgiving and it wasn't fun. We took our last mini-trip to London and visited Westminster Abbey. It was crazy in London that day as so... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:59:38 EST Thaksgiving in England 11/9/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129660 This is my first Thanksgiving away from America. I'm in England and that is a totally different world. I'm having trouble finding the normal foods that I eat for the meal. Not sure how I will plan for the meal as I can't find sweet potatoes and other items for the meal so I'll have to modify. Sure do miss my kitchen and grocery stores. Not even sure if I can find a turkey to cook for the meal.. <BR> <BR> However, I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. <em>426</em> ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:36:22 EST Sick--9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078568 I've been in bed most of the day because I caught DH's cold. It's a humdinger. DD is also sick, while DH is recovering. DS is the only one not sick. Thank goodness. Probably got he sickness because we overdid it on vacation, but I'm so glad we did the vacation. I've got the first 2 weeks done on my blog (see link below) with pictures. I'm still struggling to figure out how to up load pictures from the Mac. All the pictures on my wordpress blog are from my I-phone and I do those direct... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:05:14 EST Europe was neat!!--9/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072385 Our family had a wonderful time in Europe. I am so thankful that we are living in England for a time so it enabled an opportunity for us to visit Europe in a relatively economical manner. With the four of us in the family, I don't think we could have done this on our budget from America. I will be blogging on our family site this week. I know how to upload pictures to that site. If you wish to look it is : warnerclan2@wordpress.com. Feel free to view the pictures. I 'll start later to... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 05:23:16 EST Leaving tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040814 My family and I are leaving early tomorrow for our 20 day vacation--DS analysis. So for the next (almost) 3 weeks we are exploring Europe. We'll cruise from Southampton, England to Amsterdam to France, to Vigo, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal to the Mediterranean area and landing in Venice, Italy. Explore there--although we only have 24 hours before training through the Alps on our way to Germany. I really think that this will be a VERY memorable vacation. We're squeezing out pennies througho... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:47:26 EST 8/28--Finally Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034669 As busy as DH has been with his job here in England, we finally get to take a vacation. I really want this vacation badly. I see this temporary job here in England as a chance for the family to be exposed to other cultures and especially for the children to visit other places in Europe. We've traveled around England to learn more about the English history. We'll be with out internet for most of this time in Europe. I've been told that the cafes ther have free internet and if this is true... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:58:56 EST 8/23/12--Seem to be missing blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028149 It seems that a few of my blogs are missing and I'm puzzled. Maybe I didn't save them properly. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble uploading pictures-- So I decided that if you are interested in pictures for my adventures in England. You are welcomed to visit at: www.warnerclan2.wordpress.com <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:56:30 EST Took DD for a walk into Milton Keynes--7/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983370 DD joined us in England this past Thursday. She is charmed by the locale and the countryside. We had a alarm go off at Sainsbury while we were there and she asked if that was normal. I told her it was a first for me. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:20:46 EST Castles in Wales and the Torch in Milton Keynes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962383 This past weekend we went over to Wales and climbed all over 2 castles on Friday and Saturday. It was AWESOME. They were built by King James I in the late 1200's during his war with the Welsh. I'll try later to upload pictures of the castles. <BR> <BR> Then today 7/9/12, the Olympic torch came through Central Milton Keynes. It was so neat so see it so close. Additionally, the flame from one torch to another right in front of us. <BR> Being able to walk to most places in the area really... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:34:17 EST Took DH for a walk today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949192 Today is the first time I've gotten DH out for a walk here in Milton Keynes. During the trip to Scotland, Cambridge, and other spots we did lots of walking, but this our first time in the local area with DH. He is busy working and not always available for walks with DS and myself. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:49:34 EST Walking most days in England--6/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947936 I've been in England now for about 6 weeks, and I walk most days. Except for the last few days it is usually rather cool here. Yesterday was 81 F and with no A/C it was VERY warm. I am enjoying the area and our weekend trips to local areas are fun. Last weekend we drove over to Cambridge and walked around the town for most of the day. A little rainy, but a great overall day. DH's job is keeping him busy, but we should be home before Christmas. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:05:39 EST Visiting Houghton House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890946 Yesterday we went to visit the Houghton House. It was reputed to be the inspiration for Pilgrims Progress. I have a blog at http://warnerclan2.wordpress.com/ <BR> That includes pictures since I have had problems uploading pictures. <BR> <BR> It's been a bit cool her, but it's better than the heat of Florida. Mon, 21 May 2012 09:51:52 EST I'm in England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880301 I'm in England now. I'll be here until the end of December. Here you walk everywhere and it is fun. I'm in Milton Keynes and the weather is chilly and wet today. This past weekend it was cool and sunny. dH tells me this is the best weekend he has seen. I'm averaging 7,000 to 15,000 steps daily so far. Up and down stairs and walking to the grocery store. <BR> <BR> See you later. <BR> Mon, 14 May 2012 06:52:53 EST Out of Pocket--5/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862517 I'll be out of pocket for about 2 weeks. The packers are coming today to take my stuff and that includes the computer and wireless router. That means no I-Pad either. I leave on 5/9 for England. I'll be there until nearly Christmas before returning stateside. <BR> <BR> I'm excited and nervous. See you all later Wed, 2 May 2012 07:16:01 EST Planting my gardening---3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786226 For the last 2 days I've been planting my tomatoe and pepper plants. Crazy Huh since I leave for England in May. However, I did the seeds before I knew that we'd be leaving and I can't just let them die so I planting them and telling my neighbors to feel free to enjoy the fruits (&veggies) of my labors. If all goes well, since I in Florida, there will still be produce in December and January after I'm home. <BR> <BR> About 20-24 tomatoe and pepper plants each. Finally I got from seed to ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:51:34 EST 3/9-Mulching the beds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779492 OK--after 51 bags of mulch weighing 56 lbs each--I am officially tired. I've spent the last 3 days spreading mulch in the beds around my house. Today in total fatigue, I roped in my two angels, DD and DS. With DH out of the country until next week, I'm trying to do those things that I can do without him. He'll be heading back to England in April and I'll follow in May with DS. DD is going to Virginia until August to be an au pair before she joins us. This will be a great experience for ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 16:18:47 EST Lots of Changes going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743977 DH's job is probably going to send him to England for the rest of the year. The kids and I will follow in the summer. I'm excited since it will be a new adverture for the family. However, there are boatloads of things to prep for the move. I'll know for certain in March. Keep you posted. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:37:48 EST 1/9--SORE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670613 Starting back on my routine and add to that, moving pavers and washing windows and my arms are SORE!!! 1/10 Last night I didn't finish my blog since I got caught up in cooking and taking down Christmas decorations. This morning the backs of my arms have joined in the choir of OUCH!! <em>40</em> <em>246</em> This will be good in the end. I just need to keep up the movement and I'll be happier by my birthday in April Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:28:32 EST Learning from my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512424 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673680339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My son is wise beyond his years and shared this with me today. Interesting. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:24:32 EST 9/27/11--I lost my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507050 It seems that I have lost my way and my spark. I am now trying to get re-focused and back to losing weight. I have regained part of the weight I lost and am SO SAD!! <em>39</em> I need to re-look at what I a doing. Started this week back to eating at least 1 salad per day so I will keep on focus. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:23:03 EST 8/3/11-Headed back to NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405426 Well, it's been nearly a month since I last blogged. <em>40</em> DS did not win at nationals, but was so happy that he didn't mind. I saw some kids crying when they last and I was sad that they took it so seriously. Some even walked out and did not finish when they lost and knew they would not make nationals. I was so proud of DS for making the right choice to stick with it even though he knew he had lost. <BR> <BR> After the contest, he got a month in NC mountains with his grandparen... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 20:01:35 EST Pokemon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350014 We checked in for DS for Pokemon contest at 8AM tomorrow. Tell you later how it goes. <em>334</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:11:15 EST Off to Indianapolis Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348201 Tomorrow at 6AM we leave for Indianapolis for DS contest. It is something that DS has been looking forward to this for over a month. We will head back to NC on Sunday. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 21:56:46 EST IN NC safe and sound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345731 Made it safe and sound, but albeit late. My DS had his first time as Navigator and we took a long detour through Spartanburg on our way from Central FL to Lenoir, NC. <em>246</em> We left early so we'd get here about 3 PM, but we were detained twice. Once with DD was trying to direct us from home via the cell phone to a business and then DS's error in navigating. However, All's well that ends well. <BR> <BR> Friday , we head to Indianapolis for a Pokemon contest for the Nationals. D... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 20:44:38 EST Headed to NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343603 Leave in AM at 5:30 to take DS to NC for his month long time with grandparents. Talk to you from there. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:17:38 EST 1st Day of VBS and Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311508 Today was the 1st day of VBS and it was accordingly crazy. I'm bone tired from running from area to area after teaching my missions class. I'm a runner for helping others in my off time. Ready to conquer tomorrow and looking forward to a wonderful week. <BR> <BR> DH and I will celebrate our anniversary on Saturday since I'm doing VBS and he's working late this week. Praying that everyone has a wonderful week. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:34:46 EST Great Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309291 Yesterday, our beloved kids took their daddy out for breakfast. <em>334</em> I went on a cleaning rampage throughout the house for over 2 hours, but things look MUCH better. Then this morning, I brought DH breakfast in bed. Took our to lunch after church and for dinner made him homemade pumpkin pie---his favorite. <BR> <BR> It was a GREAT FATHER'S DAY!!! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:59:44 EST Praying for AZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4284897 Even though there is fires and smoke in FL it is NO WHERE near like AZ. Our fires on in scrub pines and pastures and at this point not threatening homes. It breaks my heart to see what is going on in AZ. We had that back in '97 and it was scary. I'm also praying that it does not get that bad here. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 08:11:51 EST Smoky and hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276499 We've had fires in the Central Florida area fro the last week or so. There are 2 of them within 15 miles of our home and because of this we are restricted with outdoor activities. The smoke is worse in the mornings so I'm walking in the evenings. Last evening was nice at about 88 degrees but breezy. We are in the mid 90's with lots of humidity but little rain. <em>39</em> This year turning out to be a bad weather year in America with tornados that have killed about 500 people, and now t... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 10:27:43 EST Good Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4249614 Today was a good day. Im doing a Beth Moore study at church which I am enjoying. See you later Sun, 22 May 2011 21:33:20 EST Sore this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4246298 Well, I've increased my activity and to high intensity. I've done jogging, lots of swimming, walking, & Coach Nicole's videos; and I'm sore!! After 1 1/2 miles of swimming laps, I feel nearly every inch of my back, shoulders, arms and legs. <em>40</em> <em>198</em> On Wednesday, We had to on swim because we were not feeling well, and when kids willing give up pool time, you know they're sick. Time for bed. Fri, 20 May 2011 22:05:13 EST Running (sort of) day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239377 Well, I survived day 1 with DS. Today we just did 1.5 miles in 30 minutes. Beat yesterday rate!! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> However, I am sore from running and swimming yesterday. Tomorrow is the run/swim day again. SP's Official Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge encouraged us to kick it up a bit. Well, I think I'm doing that with a a double dose. See ya'll tomorrow! Tue, 17 May 2011 18:23:17 EST Keeping up with a 14 YO---or trying to--LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236763 This summer, my DS (14 YO) is taking the FLVS (Florida Virtual School) HOPE (PE/Health) classes and I am doing the program with him. This AM we did 1 mile of walk/run with my NEW interval training timer. <em>244</em> However, by the time we were finished, I was huffing and puffing like an old lady. <em>46</em> My goal is by the end of summer, I will be able to jog a couple of miles. This afternoon, we went swimming with 30 minutes of laps and 1 hour of general swimming. I'll be eati... Mon, 16 May 2011 15:48:56 EST It feels like summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231084 Here in central Florida it is in the 90's and high humidity. <em>39</em> It is above normal and not good. Last year was wonderful and cool and I loved it. I dod not handle the heat as much now as I did when I was younger, and will fight it to the max. Exercising indoors to be safe. Fri, 13 May 2011 20:34:36 EST Life is busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213390 I've been almost a month since I last blogged. Finally kicked the bug about 4 days later and now am back on track with things. DD finished this semester of college and DS is nearly finished with middle school. Next year is HS for him. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well--I'm off to bed Thu, 5 May 2011 22:47:02 EST Stomach ache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158703 During the end of last week, I picked-up a upset stomach that has made it difficult to eat very much at a time. It hurts if I eat more than a sandwich, my stomach hurts and I am uncomfortable. I am currently trying to "fast" to see if that will help my stomach and try to help it feel better. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:11:14 EST Great friends who made me feel special for Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147181 This has been quite a week. At the end of last week, just before my birthday, my computer gave me the blue screen of death. <em>40</em> <em>46</em> That means I share my DH's when he is not on it--like now!! <em>41</em> But, it also means, I a bit behind on my sparking and seeing all the wonderful birthday wishes I have received. I'm very appreciative that I feel so loved. THANKS to everyone. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 15:13:39 EST Busy world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145432 Hi to everyone. It's really busy here in FL. The storms are through and I home and about to go to bed. Talk later Tue, 5 Apr 2011 21:59:41 EST Fighting a migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118120 Fighting a migraine again. Probably the allergies, but I cant's seem to shake it. This AM woke up early and took a walk with DD and then after breakfast did 10 minutes of pilates. Afterward the headache turned to a migraine. Now I'm in pain. <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:40:01 EST