FLORIDAGHOST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDAGHOST FLORIDAGHOST'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/ Focus on Healthier Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362068 I have been focusing on the healthier meals for a week now. I had to take it one day at a time. Sure, I make a meal plan for the week ahead, but there's more to it than that. I realized, AGAIN, that it is so easy for me to go for "junk" food, anything that isn't what I know is good for me or healthy for me. <BR> <BR> I get tempted in a different way. I can now stand there and look at cookies, cake, cupcakes, candy, pies, donuts, hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches with the neatest bread hold... Mon, 15 May 2017 04:41:48 EST I'm Giving Up! (Sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357485 Yesterday, I decided to give up! No, not on the healthy lifestyle, but the idea that I have to keep stumbling along to the end goal. <BR> <BR> There are little goals along the way that build on the final goal becoming permanent and not just a dream that evaporates immediately after (or during) the celebrating of reaching the ultimate goal. I know that. I've known it all along, but for some reason, I got caught up with that ultimate and final goal and didn't bother looking at all the lit... Thu, 4 May 2017 07:34:10 EST 04.12.17 Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347315 Today is Wednesday. I have tomorrow off and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Tuesday, was a wonderful day for me. My boss came up to me and told me my contract with them was supposed to end at the end of April, but something is happening in June and she's going to need all the people she can get, so she got permission from the powers that be to keep me, if I wanted. I did, I do. So I'm there until the end of June, now. Yes! I would hope at some point they decide to stop... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:43:53 EST 04.11.17 Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346871 I'm finally back for another run at the BLOG. I am learning that commitment plays a huge roll in everything we do. If you want to change something in your life, it takes commitment. Commitment is driven by determination and that is driven by a desire to make a change. Even a small change seems to required commitment. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I learned about commitment. I loved to sing and my mother would dutifully take me to choir every Saturday morning. I do not remember ever hav... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:06:57 EST Wednesday, 03.15.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333234 I started out with this Journaling Challenge, which I'm using the Blogging platform as my Journal, because I am awful at Journaling. I like to write, therefore, you would think I would be excellent at blogging. Nothing works as you would think it would, I guess. <BR> <BR> I missed yesterday. It's alright. I knew I would miss days. It's interesting that I've only missed one day since I started, so far, but I wanted to be in the challenge because I want to be much more consistent in journ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:30:45 EST Monday, 03.13.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332191 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8edf2a79-0baf-411e-a4c2-571d8135bf91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are many things I love, but sunrises and sunsets with a tropical lean is a good start. I mean, talk about vaca feelings. <BR> <BR> But it is also a great opener for a new beginning. I like to think of each day as a blank chalk board. You erase all the stuff from the day before and begin writing new things. Of course, it is helpful to remember what missteps you took the day before ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:38:44 EST 02.12.17 Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315029 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52fce801-6631-466e-9a03-4f373e9b4a02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I think of the day's end and what's up tomorrow, I get a little antsy. I've started a job that is very detailed. I can do it, but I've had my week of training and tomorrow, I dive in by myself. Small doubts and fears pop up - I am not looking totally forward to tomorrow, but I'll make it. Then I look back at today and the joy my DH and I have had making meals we've never made for ours... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:49:50 EST 02.11.17 Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314671 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aabf0ce5-0557-4567-9de2-2efbfecbae69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another day of busy done. Finally, time to rest! Good night all my friends in Sparkdom. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 23:16:03 EST 02.10.17 Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314148 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb5fa510-15f6-4d26-a53d-2b52eb288eed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rock Steady! Strong! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bae2346-8083-4bf1-a279-8de9c3511b10.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Forward. Onward. Continuously moving! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01951c8c-514b-4cdc-bf57-7057f8541c12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One step at a time, starting small and getting bigger as we grow in strength, mind, and body <BR> <BR... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:59:21 EST 02.07.17 A Roadrunner Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312167 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d004f40-ae6c-47bf-b130-73f8c75c633b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed there are some people that only seem capable of finding the unhappy, the negative, and the shadows and they are always unhappy? <BR> <BR> On the other hand, seeing those people you can easily see the opposite, the happy, the positive, and the sunny, and the ones that are always giving. <BR> <BR> I grew up in a house where my Mother was of the first group, at least at ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:01:40 EST 02.05.17 The Washington State Ferrys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311438 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50eb6985-5491-454c-a345-5987e98dde43.jpg"> A beautiful picture of Mt. Rainier behind a Washington State Ferry. <BR> <BR> Someone reminded me of the ferries in Puget Sound and I felt like an idiot for forgetting them. It's only been 14 years since I saw one so there's room for forgetting for sure, but there is a story behind those ferries that ply the waters of Puget Sound. They even go up to Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. They used to, ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:56:14 EST 02.02.17 My Morning Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309691 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a991f8a1-da93-40c4-988e-d722e734464d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Manatee River is nothing like the river in the mountains, but in the last few years, they took a river that looked like a death zone full of gangs, thugs, and other unwanted elements, smelled and resembled a dump with a railroad bridge over the river, and few people wanted to brave the elements to go down and look at the river, and they made it look like one of the best places to be. It... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:39:43 EST 01.28.17, Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e8a0726-b90a-4213-b735-f95852eee493.jpg"> <BR> This is what Tahiti looks like when you are approaching it from the air. The airport at Pape'eta (pronounced Pappy-a-ta - The last two a's say their own names) is to the left of the island in this picture - pretty hard to see. When I was there they still had a bunch of grass shacks they hadn't moved out of town yet and the town itself looked like some old movie done in black and white about the... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:43:57 EST 01.25.17 Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b438cc32-ced9-480d-9ea0-dc622e26db78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Favorite Mountain again! Mt. Rainier! It's where I am from, well about 45 miles northwest of it. But I grew up with it sitting on the Southeast horizon and when I was a kid, it would be seen so infrequently because of the smog we would exclaim, "Look! There's Mt. Rainier!" <BR> <BR> However, with all the clean up WA has done, it was seen everyday the clouds weren't in the way. No mo... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:11:22 EST 01.24.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3945433f-0f07-4108-9b25-518612e5386a.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Today, a friend got me started. Thank you. But I'm looking at my life for the last few days, well, ok, since January first and I can't see that I'm making a single step forward. It's frustrating! What am I doing? <BR> <BR> If I was marching in place, I could be happy with that, but I'm not marching. If anything, I'm sitting. That makes me realize that I have gone from a couch potato t... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:15:59 EST 01.23.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303678 I'm actually climbing what feels like mountains today, but when you go from flat land and start climbing hills, it feels like mountains as you climb them and you actually look forward to the downhill walk. <BR> <BR> After talking to the doctor about my reasons for ignoring my health, to a degree, and gaining weight, and my depression over two family deaths so closely timed, he didn't even bother to take the usual tests for diabetes 2. He told me to come back in 3 months. I said I would ret... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:17:01 EST 01.11.2017 Another Day on the Brook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295760 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae20e09f-c5bf-42a6-ab8c-25b10a46656c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I finally rolled out of bed, explored the pasture next to the brook and found some ruins up the creek a bit. There was a building here once. I wonder what it was, home, barn, mill? It's right beside a place where the water is forced to run fast and would be a perfect place to have a wheel down in it that would turn with that water flow. Thank God for those souls that thought of how to po... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:37:27 EST 01.09.17 The journey continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbfcbe6e-cc5e-48e8-a679-b3e36fdea9ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, the little stream I am following is a rushing torrent over rocks. It seems confused and hectic, just like I feel. It has changed from happy babbling to more of a bunch of laughing or screaming people rushing along a sidewalk. It makes me edgy and I can see all the rocks in the streambed and there is no relaxing anywhere here. <BR> <BR> The sun is still out, so the wet rocks sparkl... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:32:23 EST 01.08.17 Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293648 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/687a5cd5-1c31-4026-9da1-e9767961ee56.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wandering along at a leisurely pace, I've dome to a portion of my brook that is jumping down tiny cliffs made of boulders or broken branches having piled up helter skelter. The "shoreline" is full of hearty plants that provide tiny flowers for the bees to buzz around in and since I love waterfalls, this is the perfect spot to watch for awhile. <BR> <BR> I can see the mountains in the dista... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 06:40:49 EST 01.07.2017 Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293345 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7501e506-912e-4ca4-8fbb-85726f109c51.jpg"> <BR> My mountain ahead of me. <BR> <BR> Ever want to climb a mountain? Not me. Way too much work and you don't get paid hazardous duty pay for doing it, either. I have never had any desire, not a smidgen of desire, to go climb a mountain. Sometimes, I'd rather stay on the flat ground, but it doesn't really get us ready for the hills we MUST climb over in our journey to get to our goals. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:58:31 EST 01.04.2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4914c6c-f494-41b2-a212-28807e1a0187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am feeling better today, but know I am still slow and haven't got the energy levels I expect. I feel like a lot of little things are poking at me and I'm tired of it. <BR> <BR> Still working on the Christmas decorations. I cleared through 3 boxes today, but I have several more to go through. My biggest hurdle is getting rid of some of it. I know I need to unload some old stuff, but ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:30:04 EST 01.03.2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290335 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6109c34f-6bea-4985-b39e-9889e0d95608.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling sad because the most beautiful (my opinion) is over. I love Christmas for a lot of things. !. Christ was born. 2. Snowy pictures with Christmas lights and animals are my favorite sights. 3. Memories of Christmas's past. 4. My first trip to CT for Christmas and my one wish was for a white Christmas. We got it! To me, it was tons of snow and my DH, a great driver in the sno... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:24:37 EST January 2, 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289401 Yesterday, January 1, 2017, my DH and I went to LongHorn Steakhouse for dinner. I had a couple of gift cards and we needed to use at least one of them or lose it somewhere as I'd been hanging onto it for a couple of years. Anyway, we had baby-back ribs and enjoyed the evening. We went as early as we could - so we would be home before the partyers got out. <BR> <BR> I had thought about my new lifestyle plan for 2017 but hadn't written anything down so it was swirling in my head like a clou... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:07:21 EST ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269757 11.20.16 Sunday! <BR> <BR> Have you ever purchased a bottle of supplements only to have to fight and dig your way into the bottle? First you have to get the plastic wrapper off the lid, then you have to unscrew the very tightly screwed on lid, then you have to pull off the inner-seal, and sometimes, dig out the cotton, which means you get half the amount of supplements because they needed to put the cotton in to absorb any moisture. <BR> <BR> I just got a bottle today and went through it... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:32:03 EST Some love in my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266556 Lately I have become amazingly aware of everything that is wrong around me. The house is literally filthy and needs some megalithic cleaning by a crew of people all bent on getting it done. My office is a disaster. Nothing is really done to completion and it shows. I'd love an office that is pristine - who has that? <BR> <BR> But none of it matters. What matters to me at this point is that I am under it all, very happy. Strange! How can I be happy in a life that is full of stress and... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:59:05 EST If you can dream it, you can do it! -- Walt Disney 11.12.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265884 "If you can dream it, you can do it!" -- Walt Disney <BR> <BR> My job is a challenge for me. Everyday, I learn something important about myself and the job. I love the learning parts. Getting the absolutely obnoxious customers, not so much, but it is what it is! Although, I am not sure why some people live to be obnoxious - like the guy who stood in front of the TRUMP rally and grabbed his crotch! Where are we going? Back several decades? Come on! Some of the people I get on the phone try t... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:23:30 EST 09.26.16 The Child In Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241936 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3b467bf-01ca-4c5d-8800-ab00f69be3b5.jpg"> My eating habits are those of a child. I have been working for years to "grow up" and so far, I don't think I have accomplished it. I keep learning that McDonalds is not a place for me. I have to picture the place with a huge POISON sign over the building. <BR> <BR> Thank God! They just tore the neighborhood McDonalds down. It's in a state that looks like a bomb took out the front of it, but so... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:08:03 EST What is that on the table? 09/05/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230762 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/078bef7a-5b73-413c-924d-06241f74f56f.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Today is Labor Day - the Official Labor Day, however in Orlando, they apparently celebrate the day for a week. Although, Thursday Hermine visited Florida as she screamed through, much like a politician in a rush to hit as many states as possible to state their canned speech and totally unplanned policies. <BR> <BR> But, I had a quiet day, although busy - can that be done? <BR> <BR> Quiet ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:39:10 EST Another week nearly finished and I'm just getting started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228422 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf514ee2-4e2f-4cb1-9175-dd86320fbba7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I feel more like a turtle that has been spun in circles, but all I can do is keep going, so that's what I'm doing. Right now, I need to go eat lunch, but I'm not really hungry, and other than that, it's raining like crazy. It's also very dark outside and it's only 1:00pm. That storm has hit the Big Bend coast of Florida and we're getting the rain that is at the edges. I feel like half t... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 13:08:56 EST I think I'm Learning Some New Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ed19f68-e3e3-447e-a432-21064f005472.jpe"> <BR> <BR> I sure like the 5% Weight Loss Summer Challenge cuz I'm learning some new things. Like for instance the 9" plate we have to use for all our meals this week, except for soup and bowl foods. <BR> <BR> But I am surprised at the size. Is it really 9" or am I misreading? My plate is an 8" plate, that's the size of the circle that get's food put on it. There's a rim around it to hold onto if ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:47:43 EST I'm Lost, But I'm Searching for Sanity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216394 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a4f51ed-1f7a-4637-af70-ae0bd2affbfe.jpg"> Lost but searching hard! <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like this woman, wanting the muffin instead of the fruit? I'm a sugar addict and I want sugar all the time. However, I have learned - had to learn - absolutely no choice - that eating the sugar is not the best thing. Learning how to, in this case, eat the apple with cheese in order to combat the natural sugar high came from a SparkFriend suggesti... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:49:29 EST The Surprise Gift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215127 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f782d58-d490-4532-8625-9ac6e86725e5.jpg"> I love Lilacs - especially the purple ones! <BR> <BR> My hubby goes to work most days and when he comes home, he stops at the mailbox and collects the daily missives (junk mail, mostly) then end up there. Personally, I think they should put a giant trash grinder with a toilet topping it so we could just throw the garbage from the mailbox into it. <BR> <BR> But today, he had a key in the box, whic... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:31:27 EST Feeling Blue, But At Least I'm Pink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff312b30-16f6-4aba-8172-3d877569e214.jpe"> Good morning! I'm feeling blue and I don't know why. It could be the grey skies above, an unusual situation in Florida at this time of the year, except when there is an H blowing around. I don't know the real reason for my blueness. It could be that I don't have a job yet. I'm still searching and hoping something comes along, but it still gets tighter and tighter and more frustrating every day. <... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:35:15 EST Second Blog For the Day! = That's a record for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212761 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9b20dfe-5ae7-4aa6-9f83-485467863aa6.jpe"> This is the Agora Garden Building in Taipei. Looks beautiful to me, but it's either just finished being built or still being built so this is an artist's rendition of the finished building. <BR> <BR> I saw this building on the internet and thought - you know, I'm just like that building! I've got round places and sharp edges or edges that were sharp but time and education has worn down, but the in... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:45:34 EST My Water Intake is as Up and Down as the Tides! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212585 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed9975a1-14ff-4e0f-8d3d-e6486c5d297c.jpe"> Have you ever really paid attention to how much liquid you drink on a daily basis? I have been looking at mine for quite awhile. I made it all the way to 10 cups of water on a daily basis for several days, maybe a week or closer to two weeks, but I have noticed that as soon as I get focused on something else I need to focus on in order to make corrections and adjustments, I loose the focus on the w... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:57:34 EST What I've learned today! The expensive way isn't the best way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205014 My doctor, the one I'm not happy with, sent me to a blood doctor at a cancer center. I went and spent a $50.00 copay, that I really didn't have, but needed to get his opinion. Before he did anything, he went over the records she had sent to him. He looked at all of it, highlighted a bunch of it and then looked at me and said, "Your hemoglobin is 11.5. Normal is 12 - 14. You're off by 1/2 point, which is nothing to be worried about. It could be anything that lowered it temporarily. How ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:35:05 EST Blog #3 for week starting 07.10.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201050 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a8aa1b2-ee27-4742-83fb-61cd13e90138.jpg"> <BR> This is the Northhead light at the mouth of the Columbia River. I'm from Washington, grew up seeing the Columbia wind Northward along the I-5 Corridor for a mile or so and never even knew it was the Columbia. At the point I am talking about, the river is only about the length of a oil tanker, but because the banks are fat with green grasses and the river itself is very slow and lazy looking, it ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:44:24 EST Blog #2 for week starting 07.10.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200602 <BR> <BR> I can't believe I've been doing blogs, trying for 3 a week right now, but due to a "badge" I want to win from the 5% Summer Challenge "Shooting Stars Team" (Go Team!), but I'm doing this. There's proof that practice makes perfect on just about, if not everything, you do. <BR> <BR> I've been working to sit up straight at all times. Slouching looks horrid, plus your lungs can't get enough air in them and you can get pneumonia easier by not getting air down into the depths of yo... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:07:01 EST Blog #1 for week starting 07.10.16 5% Summer Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199186 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45031009-fda9-475a-9e09-73f35938fbd2.jpg"> FLORIDAGHOST coming out of the storm into the new day full of life and fun! <BR> <BR> Hello, My Friends! <BR> <BR> So going to the doctor turned out to be pretty good because I kept pushing. Now I find that I have only 1 nasty bacteria growing for a UTI instead of two. However, this nasty thing apparently grows stones. Going to be taking Cipro for a week as soon as the pharmacist calls me. But t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:06:11 EST Blog #3 for the week starting 07.03.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee541585-92ce-4ca1-a956-364f1ce0a432.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> 07.09.16 Saturday! <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor yesterday. Bad news first; I am diabetic with a A1c at 7.3 (has to be under 6.9 or less). So that means, even though it was a great week weight-loss wise, it wasn't good enough. I am not giving up! I will keep going with my lifestyle, even though she gave me a diet plan that has so many carbs in it I just about choked and I told her that ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 08:20:59 EST My Weight loss on the Summer 5% Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196420 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a38a169f-9444-4c85-9b96-0ee82fcbfe01.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I talked about some of my growth, mentally - not physically, and today I want to...let's face it! BRAG! about my weight loss this week. <BR> <BR> I am down 4 pounds! That is a great jump for me in 2 days! Normally, I figure one pound is something to sing about, but this morning, I nearly started doing my "Snoopy Dance," which includes jumping up and down. My scale would not ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:57:27 EST 5% Summer Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195920 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e01ba9a5-e5d2-4c52-8113-d820f20d69c1.jpeg"> Dizzying! Absolutely Dizzying! <BR> <BR> First, I went to Connecticut for a week to the family's wedding of the century (so far), 3 weeks ago.. It was a great wedding. Done well, Fun to be with everyone, etc. Since there was food in front of us at all times, we ate, nearly at all times. Somehow, I did not gain as much as I thought I would. I must have put the breaks on a few times. But I fee... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:34:42 EST Stairs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185115 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59c1843c-0739-4611-8d1f-eda684c6df87.jpeg"> I hate stairs! But then, I love stairs. Stairs help you change levels and create challenges. Some staircases are beautiful, while others are ugly and only functional. Stairs can cause you pain or inspire you to new and higher levels far beyond your dreams. <BR> <BR> I spent the last two weeks at my sister-in-laws house. It's a beautiful multi-level house, which includes stairs all over the pl... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:32:33 EST Long Days Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046914 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8ca0f9b-ee62-4cff-a742-433a23fddc4c.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This week is going to be a bear for me. I've got two jobs this week, one continuing (and a 30 hour week for it - unprecedented) plus a new one just starting (with Training). <BR> <BR> My husband has a long week also and our calendar, together, looks like the biggest rat race of all time. It's a little hard to tell who is where and when. <BR> <BR> However, this all means one thing (w... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:26:41 EST Another Day To Be Positive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c86fe2bf-dba9-4eb2-b266-b9ada30d78a9.jpe"> Crystal loved the snow. She happened to live in Seattle, which rarely had snow for Christmas, but it usually snowed on Thanksgiving day, pretty much as soon as she put the turkey in the oven. It only frustrated her because she wanted to forget the turkey and go play in the snow. She wanted the snow all the way to the new year, then it could melt or get washed away by the usual rain, she didn't care... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:33:11 EST Santa's Already Stopped at My House! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33d8ac8c-97f9-45e4-b19a-e6df5df49c65.jpe"> <BR> <BR> I got a new job and I'll be starting it soon. I'm going to be working as a receptionist in a hair Salon. It's part-time for now, but the young lady that is currently there is going to cosmetology school and so when she graduates, she may quit the front desk to work at one of the chairs in the back, then I might be able to work full-time if I want it. It's a great little job, pays more tha... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:47:10 EST Another day away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1ad4743-8f5d-425e-966c-0c2b95b4655c.jpe"> Sometimes, I feel like I have spent the day literally refueling someone else's fire while mine burns lower and lower, attended and forgotten. However, I'm in there trying to throw some fuel on my own fire, so I can refuel the other fires I'm working on, too. <BR> <BR> It comes to the end of the day, and while my fire is burning low, I realize it is ripe for cooking on while all the other fires I ten... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:59:47 EST It's Almost Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27d7e401-0952-435e-ab04-96cd9b0c2fa3.jpe"> <BR> I've been working like crazy lately. Crazy to get the Christmas decorations up before New Years Day. Crazy trying to find a job that pays, and gives me enough hours to make it worth going to work there. Crazy trying to learn new things. <BR> <BR> I'm tired, but there's a million things to do. No worry. I'll get them done because I can't sit still, which means it's time to get going again. N... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:53:33 EST Grains and Me Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b998a856-7f06-464a-9bae-07818ebd5636.jpe"> I know SP says kicking out food altogether is a recipe for disaster, but when it hurts you to eat it, I'm not eating it! What's the point! And I think SP would agree with that. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day without bread. Of course, the day is not done, but I am determined (more than yesterday) and I am not craving it as much as I was. Wish I knew the reason for that - I'd incorporate it into m... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:09:26 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001842 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/519851bf-4f1a-4f5c-9523-d29aedb0788f.jpeg"> The changes to my journey! <BR> <BR> I have discovered a few things about myself recently. I am changing, not just working at it but I've actually seen a change in my habits, and my attitude (for lack of a better word) in my mindset on what I will automatically go to. The Junk-Food Junkie is pretty weak these days and while I wish I could say that me is dead and gone, I won't be that brave yet. B... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 03:54:16 EST