FORMERTEACHER's SparkPeople Blog FORMERTEACHER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When I Reach My Goal Weight I Need to Remember I read a SP article today on Maintaining Goal Weight once it is reached. I NEED TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> When I reach my goal weight I have to remember to go to Spark Set up page and set my actual weight and goal weight (which will be the same) and enter the amount of exercise I plan to do in order to figure out what my daily caloric intake should be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:47:47 EST Funny Picture of My Great-Niece My niece posted this picture of her daughter on facebook today. Don't you think she ought to enter it in a photo contest somewhere? <img src=""> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:48:18 EST Good Friends are Like Stars! <img src=""> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:02:53 EST Just for Fun! <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:36:10 EST Manage Yourself in No Time by Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer This is the title of a Spark People article which I read today! It had several ideas that I need to remember, namely: <BR> <BR> Make Lists. <BR> <BR> perfectionism—paying unnecessary attention to detail—can be a form of procrastination. <BR> <BR> Time management is about managing yourself. <BR> <BR> prioritize your tasks and reach your goals Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:28:58 EST Little Yellow Farm House in Iowa <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the cover of my sister's just published book! It is the second in a series of 3 that she has written. <BR> <BR> This book continues the story of a sincere Christian lady which began in her book, LITTLE WHITE HOUSE IN IOWA. This book, LITTLE YELLOW HOUSE IN IOWA is about the farm family's life in their second house during World War II. I read it and found it very interesting. My sister obviously did a ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:14:53 EST Valentine's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just had to post this. My husband ran to the bank and came back with this too! <BR> <BR> We've been married 6 years, and I notice that it has 6 pink carnations (although some of them are still buds). I told him that was 1 for each of our married years and that was really romantic! He agreed! (But I know that that was NOT planned.) Fun! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:33:27 EST Little White Farmhouse in Iowa My sister, Carol Brands, just published her first book! I am so proud of her. It is called LITTLE WHITE FARMHOUSE IN IOWA and takes place in NW Iowa. It is an autobiography of a woman's life. This woman lived through the depression which is described in this book. The first book reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie books. <BR> <BR> By June she hopes to have the 2nd of the 3 books of this series published, and the 3rd by Christmas, 2012. I can't wait to read the next ones! <BR>... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:30:29 EST Shoe - Diet & Exercise! :) Thought this was funny in today's paper. Don't want people to miss it. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:46:12 EST Funny Video - Please watch my car! Received this in an email from my sister today. It's funny, worth a look. Hope you enjoy it! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:04:24 EST My First Race Ever (at age 53.8 years of age)! WALKED in a 1 MILE RACE today!!! My first official race ever!! <BR> <BR> My time was the best I've ever done too - 16.38 minutes! <BR> <BR> I put my time down on SparkPeople's exercise record as I did because I am sure I burned at least as many calories as it calculated it for. I couldn't enter a 16 min mile, so I entered half my time as 15 min. mile and 1/2 as a 17 min. mile. The reason I think this is because the course was slanted uphill half of the race and then downhill, and over u... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 19:05:17 EST I (We) Feel So Stupid! You Need to know your neighbors!! <BR> <BR> This afternoon at the grocery store a man said hello to us and said, "You don't remember me? I'm your neighbor across the street from you." I said, "The one with the jumping business?" (as we have a neighbor kitty-corner from us that has spoken to us about 3 times in the six years I've lived here, and I thought maybe it was him). He said yes and then went on to tell us that his mother had a heart attack this morning and was in the hospital - he ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 19:41:42 EST Disappointed I've been trying to lose the 21 lbs I gained (most over the holidays) since I was at my all time low of 190. At the beginning of May I was at 211. Yesterday and today I weighed in at 208. With all the tracking & exercise I did last month, I would have thought I'd have lost at least 4 lbs! Oh well. 3 is better than none! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 21:00:09 EST Need Motivational Inspiration? Read <BR> AMBERNICHOLE3's blog entitled: <BR> <BR> Motivational Quotes to get your Oomph back! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110231 </link> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:53:50 EST Something Smells! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This picture was posted on facebook by a friend of mine from church. It is a picture of their daughter. <BR> <BR> I just love it and thought I'd further share it! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:56:31 EST Study Says Your Friends Can Be Making You Obese Is obesity contagious? Can you catch it from your friends? And if you have skinny friends, can this help you lose weight? <BR> <BR> According to new research this may indeed be the case. <BR> <BR> Researchers at Harvard University say America's obesity epicemic won't plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese, according to mathmatical modeling based on 40 years of research. <BR> <BR> This new research, which recently was published in the journal "PLoS Computational Biology," run... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:01:35 EST Merry Christmas I haven't seen this one before............. (Got this as an email from a friend. Thought it was cute enough to share with you!) <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch <BR> The pond was froze over & so was the branch. <BR> <BR> The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule. <BR> The kids were all home on vacation from school, <BR> And happier young folks you never did see- <BR> Just all sprawled around a-watchin' TV. <BR> <BR> Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock, <BR> There came a surprise that gave them a ... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:25:19 EST &#9568;&#9571;ints for the &#9568;&#9571;olidays! * <BR> ¸.*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.*¨ <BR> * <BR> <BR> &#9568;&#9571;ints for the &#9568;&#9571;olidays! <BR> by 1HAPPYSPIRIT <BR> <BR> Choose leaner foods to reduce calories. Beef and pork should have little visible fat. Skin can be removed from chicken and turkey. Choose low or non fat dairy products. Load up on more fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Snack wisely. Have fruits and vegetables read-to-eat in the refrigerator or on the counter. <BR> <BR> You don't need to bake every type of h... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:53:17 EST Motivation as Skydiving analogy - awesome analogy! Got the following from SKYWATCHERRS Blog. Thought it so good I had to share it too! <BR> -------------------- <BR> I liked this so much I had to "steal" it. <BR> <BR> The following is a reply to a thread wherein the original poster was talking about how she just didn't feel motivated to do anything about her weight even though she doesn't like how she looks and feels. The original poster was saying that she guesses she hasn't hit rock-bottom yet and that she thought that is why she hasn't ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:43:30 EST The true meaning of the Candy Cane Found the following on the Internet, and really liked it! <BR> <BR> ------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> The true meaning of the Candy Cane <BR> <BR> Look at the Candy Cane <BR> What do you see? <BR> Stripes that are red <BR> Like the blood shed for me <BR> <BR> White is for my Savior <BR> Who's sinless and pure! <BR> "J" is for Jesus My Lord, <BR> that's for sure! <BR> <BR> Turn it around <BR> And a staff you will see <BR> Jesus my shepherd <BR> Was born for Me!... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:43:07 EST Target Trots Out $3 Appliances on Black Friday - From Yahoo Here's an article which showed up when I logged into my Yahoo account today. I'm copying and pasting it for my friends and also because I want it handy for when Black Friday comes. I don't know if I'll get there, but I might! <BR> <BR> Target Trots Out $3 Appliances on Black Friday <BR> by Parija Kavilanz, senior writer <BR> Thursday, November 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> Here's a sampling of what Black Friday shoppers at Target stores could score this year: $3 appliances, deep deals on HDTVs and 5... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:06:15 EST Healthy Things We Did - Yeah Team!! I’m a team leader for a spark team, and for October one of our challenges was to think of or do one healthy thing each day. From those posts I have compiled the following which shows that for us Spark People is changing our life! <BR> <BR> October 2010 Compilation of Healthy Ideas <BR> By October Challenge Participants <BR> <BR> COOKED HEALTHY!!!!!! <BR> DRINKING MORE WATER <BR> NOT EATING UNHEALTHY <BR> CHOSING TO MOVE MORE <BR> DIDN'T OVER EAT <BR> CHOSE A HEALTHY SNACK LESS CALORIES <B... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:38:27 EST Article - America's Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants America's Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants <BR> (An article as featured on yahoo today) <BR> <BR> By Tracy Minkin and Brittani Renaud <BR> <BR> Who hasn’t unwrapped a sandwich while driving down the highway or pulled a hard U-turn into a fast-food joint on the way home from a late meeting or soccer game? We practically live in our cars, so we need quick food, and please, we’d like it to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Well, guess what: We surveyed the nation’s 100 largest fast-food chains, as ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:54:02 EST Spark People Adds Diabetes Management Features! If you have (or someone you love has) diabetes make sure you read today's insider. Here's a link to it! <BR> <BR><BR>er.asp?spiid=114 <BR> <BR> Here's a partial quote from the article: <BR> <BR> "Diabetes Management Program <BR> <BR> "In late June 2010, we launched our first round of improvements to the site for people with diabetes (types 1 and 2) and pre-diabetes. We know that diabetes is on the rise nationwide, and we have received many, many r... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 18:53:05 EST Diet Not Working? Try Getting More Sleep! I've read articles about the importance of sleep here on Sparkpeople, and the following article seems to substantiate it as well. It is a reprint of an article from the Chicago Sun Times, p. 4, Oct. 5, 2010. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Diet not working? Try getting more sleep <BR> <BR> A new study suggests that a lack of sleep counteracts the effects of dieting for overweight people. <BR> <BR> The study, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved 10 sedentary overweight people who... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 18:43:44 EST The Worst Restaurant Breakfasts in America Exerpts from <BR> <BR> "The Worst Restaurant Breakfasts in America" <BR> Yahoo Highlighted Article, Written By David Zinczenko <BR> Oct 04, 2010 <BR> <BR> "Remember when breakfast was the healthiest meal of the day? <BR> <BR> a smart breakfast ought to be the most important meal of the day. And eating a good one ought to be easy. Studies show that people who take time for a morning meal consume fewer calories over the course of the day, have stronger cognitive skills, and are 30 percent l... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:07:38 EST Size 16! Yesterday when I went shopping I bought 2 size 16 capris! I was in a size 24 folks! I'm also now in large & some medium T-Shirts where I was wearing 2X and even some 3Xs! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 16:09:24 EST My Tips on Using the SP Nutrition Tracker!! At first using the Nutrition Tracker was quite a challenge. But after using it very faithfully for months, I am now able to enter our food quite quickly. <BR> <BR> Here are some things that I've learned over the past year that have helped me use the nutrition tracker more easily. <BR> <BR> 1. Look up items by brand name. For example, eating wheat bread. We could just look under bread and then imput a slice of wheat bread. But we eat Aunt Millie's wheat bread. I was excited to find tha... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:09:16 EST SP Coach Dean on 1200 calories per day... Coach Dean has a little quiz in our Spark Leaders Team, which is so good that I'd like to give it further exposure. Here's his first question and answer. <BR> <BR> 1. True or False: It’s important not to eat less than 1200 calories per day because doing so will throw your body into “starvation mode” and stall your weight loss. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> False. It IS important to eat at least 1200 calories per day, but this is because most people will find it almost impossible to maintain good ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:56:59 EST A Horrible Article in Time-Out Chicago! At the dentist's office today, I picked up magazine TIME-OUT CHICAGO (dated the April 1-7, 2010 issue)! On page 13 I read an article that I think is terrible! What right do the owners of this club have to so judge people that they can say extra weight is "terror!" <BR> <BR> I sent the article to Spark Coach Jen, as I thought she might be interested to respond to it. Here is the article in it's entirety (except without a picture of a person who was scanned and denied entry! The man had li... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:06:43 EST Please! A Shirt with I think a shirt with on the back of it would be a great way to "Spread the Spark"! When I am walking at our local rec. center, there are many people up there walking; and while walking people naturally look at what is on the back of other people's clothing. Often people make comments to me about what is on my back, or I'll ask about or comment about what is on another person's back! <BR> <BR> What a great way to open the door for a conversation about ""! <BR>... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:31:59 EST Amount Women Should Exercise to Prevent Weight Gain Make sure to read the blog about this. (Click on the link below). <BR> <BR> 1 Hour: Amount Women Should Exercise to Prevent Weight Gain <BR> <BR> <link><BR>our_amount_women_should_exercise_to_pr<BR>event_weight_gain </link> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 17:03:40 EST Pink Solution - Non-Toxic Cleaning Product That Works! Hi! <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law, who is very fussy and also allergic to strong chemicals, told me about a product called Pink Solution that she uses. She heard about it at a demonstration in Cosco. She said it would get dirty old urine stains out of our light pink carpet. She was right. <BR> <BR> This product is different from anything I've ever used, but so far I am very pleased. I spot treated the spots on our carpet and they came up very nicely. There was a little discoloration on ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 19:13:32 EST The Lockhorns! Thought the Lockhorns comic in yesterday's paper was cute! <BR> <BR> The wife (Mrs. Lockhorn) is at the gym with a personal trainer. She says, "How much did I weigh when my weight problems began? 7 lbs. 9 oz. <BR> <BR> <em>183</em> <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:36:03 EST Use the SP point system to your advantage I read this "SECRET OF SUCCESS" here on SparkPeople today. I liked it because it succintly states why I try to get lots of SparkPoints. In addition to these reason, I like being able to give Spark Goodies to people! <BR> <BR> "I aim to get all he points I can each day for one important reason (besides being competitive). The point system makes sure I am tracking, reading, learning, sharing, giving, goal-oriented, eating well and exercising. In other words, I keep myself "balanced" by doing... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:41:02 EST To Best Utilize Spark People Everyone should watch this video to learn all about SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1124 </link> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:08:08 EST New Spark Points Trophy! I just noticed that I've gotten a new Spark Points trophy! I think I got it for reaching 30,000 Spark Points! Here it is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:59:07 EST Neat Wardrobe Idea! I thought I'd pass along what I read and saw from SPARK PEOPLE'S BIG_SCOT_LASS 's blog which I read today. I do this because I want to save the idea, and maybe do it for myself someday. Anyway, here's what she wrote on Friday, February 26. Check out her slideshow! It is really neat! <BR> <BR> Here's what she wrote: <BR> <BR> Having been inspired by my SparkFriend, NOTABOUTHEFACE, to create a virtual wardrobe, I thought I'd share my slideshow with everyone to show the kind of clothes I'd... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:46:25 EST Summer's Almost Here (Funny!) Here's a funny email I'd like to share. <BR> <BR> Summer's almost here <BR> <BR> Summer's almost here...we can now see the deer moving around in our back yard. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, won't be long. <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:45:11 EST 1/21/2010 - l Year SP Anniversary! Thursday it was 1 year since I joined Spark People! I am so thankful for how this website has helped me, that I don't hardly know where to begin! <BR> <BR> I've learned "oodles and oodles" from the Nutrition Tracker and articles about how to eat properly. I've been encouraged daily by the differential graph which compares my calories in to calories out! I've been encouraged by many other members who, seeking to help another, have reached out and commented on what I've posted and helped me... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:51:57 EST 3 Year-old Violinist! Worthwhile seeing! <BR> <BR> Andre Rieu introduces 3yr old violinist, Akim Camara, during his 'Flying Dutchman Concert' at Parkstad Stadium in the Nederlands (2005). Akim plays Concerto G Major op.11 with the Johan Strauss... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 16:06:16 EST The Rare Blue Moon! Just a reminder that if you are able, you might want to enjoy the Blue Moon tonight. A blue moon is when you have two full moons in the same month, and we have that this month. To have a blue moon on New Year's Eve is something that I understand happens only once in 19 years... <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>31</em> That's a moon, but not a full moon. Oh well... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:25:01 EST I DID IT!! :-) This week I finally met my weight loss goal. I could never have done it without Spark People! <BR> <BR> The key to my success I think was the Nutrition Tracker here on Spark People. I know there are people who sit down with paper and a calorie book and faithfully track their caloric intake that way, but the very idea of that just tires me out! Here on Spark People, with the nutrition tracker it has been quite easy! (Although I did have to learn how to use it, and found that over time it... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:30:46 EST The Best Christmas Candy! <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> The Candy Cane is my favorite Christmas Candy! It is shaped in as a "J" for Jesus and the way it is usually presented it looks like a shepherd's crook (and they were the first to worship Him). The red stripes remind us that it is His blood alone that is the way provided by God for our salvation. The white reminds us that through H... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:10:59 EST 25,000 SparkPoints! New Trophy! Just for fun, I thought I'd blog and brag about my new Spark Trophy! <BR> <BR> Here are some of my old ones: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HERE'S MY NEWEST ONE! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anita Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:48:26 EST (Humorous) The Power of a Badge <img src=""> <BR> The Power of a Badge..... <BR> <BR> A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Colorado, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher says, "Okay , but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location. <BR> <BR> The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me." Reaching into hi... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:49:47 EST Church and My Blog of Yesterday... In the prayer this morning at church, my pastor prayed that we as members of the church love one another. It made me think of my blog about the "Jerk at the Rec. Center" which I wrote Friday and updated yesterday. Even though I still think he was a jerk, I think my attitude toward him out to be civil and not unkind. I ought NOT to just ignore him, but be civil! <BR> Sun, 22 Nov 2009 15:20:09 EST A Guy at the Rec Center! This evening at the rec center, about 15 minutes after my husband I started walking, a man and a woman came up to walk. I think this is the third time we've seen them. The woman is quite heavy and has health problems. She is not a very fast walker and breaths very heavily when walking. <BR> <BR> The first time I saw them, I talked with her a little and she told me a little about her health problems (I've forgotten exactly what she told me because it was awhile back and I hadn't seen her a... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 21:17:50 EST LaLa - An Inspiration! Once again I must write about the 93 year old lady that I "take care of" (actually I when I was hired I helped her quite a bit as she was recovering from a fall, but now she's quite independent, needing help only when she is going to appointments, and then only in and out of the car and house, etc.). She has a walker, but tries not to use it when she is along side cabinets, cars, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here is a picture of what she did Tuesday - she made pumpkin strudel! <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:58:40 EST The $2.99 Special A friend from Colorado sent me the following as an email. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> for Seniors! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The $2.99 Special <BR> <BR> We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99. <BR> <BR> "Sounds good", my wife said, "but I don't want the eggs". <BR> <BR> "Then, I'll have to charge you three dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a l... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 20:26:22 EST