FP4HLOSER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FP4HLOSER FP4HLOSER'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/ A Clean Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430750 Yesterday I had my first screening colonoscopy. Yay! (sarcasm here) I have been putting it off for the past 3 years ever since I turned 50. I finally got tired of hearing about it from my various doctors and even Dr. Oz would nag me via the television set every so often so I figured I may as well. The worst part, most people will tell you is the prep. But for me it was the stinking I.V. You see--I am what they call a hard stick AND they can only use the left arm since I had breast cancer on t... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:56:33 EST The "Fleshly" Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384485 One of the things I brought home from my Dad's home after he died was a book that had belonged to my Grandma published in 1906 titled "Useful Household Helps, Hints and Receipts" <BR> It contains some interesting advice on many things including bathing (Avoid chilling the body by sitting or standing undressed on the banks or in boats after having been in the water.), cures for sore throats, uses for salt in the kitchen, how to repair lace, etc. Another surprising hint is the use of the green ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:54:09 EST Is it Cheating...Or a Choice?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362316 I have read some comments and blogs lately where the person is feeling guilty because they "cheated" on their diet. I personally don't like the "cheat mentality" when it comes to food. It only serves to make the person feel more stressed. It is simply a CHOICE. I don't know if I am explaining it right or not.....but say I am working on eating healthier..it is a lifetime way of eating and I will always have to make healthier choices in foods. If I have some ice cream or chips, I don't sit arou... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:17:18 EST Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348743 I've been working in the dirt the past 3 days. This is what I have accomplished so far. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79587552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also mentioned in a team post about my Herb spiral so here is a pic from last year! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344385108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now after all the work I have done, this is how I feel! LOL! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282528040.jpg"> Tue, 7 May 2013 14:37:54 EST April 2013 and Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335121 This year has been a struggle but also has had many blessings. April has had it's share. My Dad is at the end of his life. He has lived 93 and half years and has seen a lot of changes. He was actually born in a log house---I used to tell him he could have been President! <em>232</em> He was also born July 5th so he is a patriotic guy! It's been hard the last two weeks to see him go downhill so fast. It is also comforting to know he is a Christian and will be reunited with my Mom soon. My b... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:02:07 EST Life's Greatest Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317228 This was the title to my Pray Fit Devotional for today. Wanted to share. <BR> <BR> "Let’s not take so much pleasure in doing what others say we can’t. Let’s take pleasure in doing what God says we can" <BR> <BR> Click on the link for the full devotional. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.prayfit.com/2013/04/lifes-greate<BR>st-pleasure/ </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:39:34 EST Spring has Sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308510 Finally! Warm days here in Ohio! Yesterday was a nice sunny day and I did get outside for just a bit. Over the weekend I decided to do something I normally would not do...start back on Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet instead of going on to Cycle 3. The reason mainly is because my MIL asked for help. When we did it together last year that was when I lost the best on it. I tended to take too many liberties after that first round through and have been at pretty much a standstill since. So---after tal... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:12:38 EST It's Not All About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301811 <BR> AS I read my Pray Fit Devotion this morning I was reminded of why I want to get healthy and lose weight in the first place! I sometimes get sidetracked and this came at a perfect time for me---Of course! God's timing is ALWAYS perfect! <BR> <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> "Folks, of all weeks, this is one that should remind us that we are nothing without Him. Alone, you and I are self-made messes. And when it comes to our health, if we’re blessed to have it, it’s a gift. Even the motivatio... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:05:11 EST Move It or Lose It! or "Why Movement is Important" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293506 I don't think the importance of movement has been more noticeable to me as much as it has lately. I had always heard "Move it or lose it" but seeing my Dad lose his ability to stand or walk the last 2 months really brings it home! He has been to physical therapy in the past but he would not continue to stretch those muscles. My brother Steve would try to get him to go outside with him and walk down the driveway a couple times but he would not. He was supposed to be doing "squats" in front of ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:10:41 EST It's Not a Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279222 Whenever the 17 Day Diet is mentioned on the general message boards I read many posts saying "I don't believe in diets"....ya know what? Neither do I! I think Dr. Moreno named his book wrong...it should be named The 17 Days at a Time Lifestyle Change. Maybe that was too long a name...maybe. Maybe he didn't realise that so many people have such an aversion to the word "diet". Maybe I will ask him why. There are many healthy eating "plans" (for those of you who don't like the word) but are name... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:57:36 EST This is a Rest of Your Life Thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277269 I hate to break it to you: but the 17 Day Diet is not just 17 days. It is a rest of your life thing! when people start this way of eating or ANY new way of healthy eating, they often do it until they: <BR> 1. Get bored. <BR> 2. Reach a goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is my thoughts (for mostly 17DD but I find this is true of many other) <BR> <BR> 1. There is no reason to be bored on the 17DD unless you are just following the sample menu! YIKES! I hope not! There are many choices out there! Just ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:55:42 EST Marching Into Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269587 <em>137</em> Happy March! I did well with the menu planning but now I need to really take the time and figure out some things for this coming week. I am back on Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet so that means no grains for 17 days. I am determined to be vigilant this Round and not cave in. I always feel so much better when I stay away from the bread even though most days it is what I crave. Don't they say that is what happens? You crave the most the things you shouldn't have? <BR> I also remind my... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:48:32 EST Planning Ahead Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262450 One of my goals has been to start planning weekly menus again. When I did this in the past life and meals were much simpler and we spent less on groceries too. With DH's hours at work cut to 32 until the end of March we are having to tighten the belt some more. We don't have a lot of areas to cut back in either! We do not have cable television---shocking I know! And we do not pay for our internet since DH sends out a newsletter for a pastor friend each month and he pays for it. We are getting... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:02:32 EST Reboot, Recalculating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257647 I am tired of being "stuck" at the same weight for the past few weeks. This is ridiculous! I needed to reboot, recalculate. I had a conference call meeting today with my siblings and the various people at the nursing home where Dad is now. It's really been hitting home with me this past week seeing how Dad is and his stubbornness. As my Mom always said---I AM my father's daughter! Dad always says I am like an old mule...the more someone pushes the harder I dig in...I always remind him where ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:50:30 EST Thinking on a Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256188 For some reason the past month or so I have a hard time blogging so I apologize for my boring posts. <BR> Visiting Dad in the nursing home made me realize that I need to take a more active part in my own health, both spiritual and physical. Watching him do PT the other day and seeing how hard it is for him to just lift his legs. We all tried encouraging him the past few years to do the exercises they suggested and to walk his driveway but he wouldn't do it. He IS 93 and I know that it is har... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:28:05 EST Valentine's Day 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250722 <em>129</em> I love my life and I love me! I have to remind myself of that fact sometimes so today seemed like a good day to do that! I was feeling....not sure what words to describe it...irritable? Grumpy? Impatient? That was what I posted on my status earlier...but they really are not correct. Impatient is probably close...but...? There is just a lot still going on right now that will just take time to work out. I want to get on with life but I feel in limbo most days. I am waiting on Go... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:30:54 EST Fat Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247640 I must have been living under a rock most of my life...yes, I know of Fat Tuesday but why, with my British ancestry and having had several British pen pals in my life (I am talking the old fashioned snail mail kind here) and online friends as well...that is has taken me this many years to hear of Pancake Day! I am on the 17 Day Diet so this means I will not be eating King Cake...or P&#261;czkis but pancakes.....! I am on Cycle 3 so I can have breads. If I use my whole wheat flour and or Buckw... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:55:08 EST Friday Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242617 I am awake---I think. Yesterday seemed a long day for some reason. It may have been because my niece had a friend here who is going through a divorce and that can be emotionally draining even if you are not the person going through it. This past week my DH also got news that they are cutting their hours back and I did apply for a job as seasonal help at a shop where I used to work. THAT was a let down! They offered me LESS then what I made there 12 years ago! "Because that is what we pay sea... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:51:21 EST Day 17 of Cycle 2! Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237249 My Round 2 of the full 17 Day Diet cycles has not been as productive in the weight loss department as it was the first time around. I am not sure if it is because this was Round 2 or if it was the sickness going around the household that deterred it. At least I am back down to pre-cold/sinus weight and I am happy to start back on Cycle 3 again. I will decide at the end of that cycle whether to start Cycle 1 again or stay on 3 for a bit like I did before. DH and I missed church again this week... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:43:46 EST Snow Days, Sick Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235416 I am in day 11 now of my cold/sinus infection. UGH! Now my DH has it. I am also on C2D16 of the 17 Day Diet and because of this stinkin' cold I have no weight loss yet! <em>198</em> <BR> I actually GAINED ---but have lost part of it again. Stress and illness really does a number on weight loss efforts. Laying around and not exercising, taking decongestants, eating too many carbs. I am confident that this will all come off again once I am recovered from the crud. <BR> We are also getting ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:56:42 EST Growing Older Gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229267 So ok--I know I am not THAT old! I did turn 53 and honestly---I am preeeetttty proud that I am this age! <em>104</em> I am by far a lot healthier then I was a few years ago. I am also happily married to a wonderful guy who brings me flowers, and will run to the store after cold medicine any hour of the day or night if I just ask (which I try hard NOT to ask because I love him so much!) Today he comes home early and brings me lunch from my favorite Chinese restaurant ---Won Ton soup of cou... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:06:27 EST Sing Soft Kitty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225655 I'm sick. And the funny thing was we watched Big Bang Theory yesterday and it was the one where Sheldon gets sick and everyone avoids him but Penny who got tricked into it! LOL! So being sick myself I turned to my DH and said "Sing Soft Kitty!" <em>239</em> He just laughed at me <em>39</em> Oh well! Guess I have to sing it to myself! <BR> <BR> Soft Kitty <BR> Warm Kitty, <BR> Little ball of fur. <BR> Happy kitty, <BR> Sleepy kitty, <BR> Purr, purr, purr. <BR> (And remember--it's onl... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:44:04 EST What's this?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223424 Whaaaa??? No cats on my lap to get in the way of blogging! How in the world did that happen?? <em>240</em> <BR> DH and I are away for the weekend that is how! He is at a conference right now so I have some downtime at the hotel. Cats are in the care of my niece that lives with us so all is well. <BR> I headed to the pool as soon as DH left for the Friday part of the conference. My only problem is I have no vehicle to go get dinner...BUT, all is not lost! TADA!! I brought along some hardbo... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:39:03 EST Halfway to my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218542 After weighing in today I see on my tracker that I am FINALLY halfway to my first goal! (Which is actually halfway to my long term goal! LOL) I think that breaking it down into smaller goals at a time is not as overwhelming and it has helped me keep motivated. I remember reading someone's page where they said something like : I may not be able to lose 100 pounds but I can lose 2 pounds 50 times---something like that! I will try to find the exact quote. But it IS like that! You can't lose 100 ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:50:00 EST 21 days into 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216755 I was going to say---I would type this since I didn't have a cat on my lap; but as I started the first line, guess what?? YUP! My Sonny Boy aka Beezer jumped up on my lap! I think he has built in blog radar! <em>240</em> So I will try to type around him! LOL! <BR> Three weeks has come and gone now since New Years so I thought I would look at my list of goals again. <BR> <BR> 1. To have a daily time of prayer and Bible study --preferably in the mornings. <BR> I have been keeping up wel... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:37:45 EST Finally Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213369 And Day 17 of Round 2, Cycle1! Tomorrow morning I weigh in and start Cycle 2. Even though I know I did not lose as much as the first round, I know I still lost and that is great! Tomorrow I can have oatmeal for breakfast! YAY! You never know how much you miss something until you don't have it for 17 days! <em>4</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:28:15 EST Throw Out Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211886 Today I got busy (finally) and started going through boxes I have had piled up in the basement. I am a pack-rat...I get it honestly. (My Mom, her Mom.....) Anyways I have felt smothered by STUFF for awhile now and I really do think it has an effect on weight loss. I had to do laundry this morning so that was when I decided since I was already in the basement...why not? I have a ways to go but I threw out several boxes of "Why is this even here?" stuff. <BR> On another note----I tried on a pr... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:33:57 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202369 My DH and I eat out at least once a week. If I know ahead of time where we are going I look up the nutritional info online before we go or if they do not have that available, the menu at least. I find many places do carry low or lower calorie options on their menus now. The problem I am finding however is the sodium content! Now, if you do not limit your sodium then you are in luck BUT...if you are like me and watching your sodium intake, this severely limits where you eat out! Take for insta... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:28:37 EST Go You Chicken Fat!!! Go Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198500 So this morning I woke up thinking about back when I was around 12 and I would go with my Mom to the YMCA to an exercise class....the one part of the class I remember most is the Chicken Fat song! <em>448</em> Now you non-boomers out there probably have no clue as to what I am talking about but back in the early 60's Robert Preston (Music Man fame) recorded this. I think it was also a part of President Kennedy's Physical Fitness Program and I remember doing it in school a few times too. S... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:00:02 EST A Terrific Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197355 Today I woke up before I was really ready LOL! <em>128</em> But the alarm went off and I had a FP4H meeting to go to! I packed a quick yogurt with fresh strawberries and a cup of coffee and off I went! My weight was down from our last meeting (back in December!) so I was happy! I would have been happy anyways but the weight loss just made me happier! I realized when I entered my weight on my Spark People tracker that I am almost half way to my first goal. I thought "WOW! I CAN do this!" I... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:22:21 EST Cauliflower, Salsa and Me---Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195701 <em>224</em> The other day I experimented with cauliflower and ended up making a creamy cauliflower soup that was yummo! Today in my 17DD Team I seen where someone had used cauliflower in place of rice in stuffed peppers...need to make that soon! It got me thinking though....If it can replace rice in stuffed peppers, and I have used it in mock fried rice....then why couldn't I use it to make mock Spanish rice?? So I made one serving of it as an experiment and had lettuce wrap turkey tacos... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:08:06 EST Cycle 1 Day 5 (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193689 This is my second round through on the 17 Day Diet. I am on day 5 of Cycle 1. So far I have been doing very well. When I tried to repeat Cycle 1 this past Summer I kept getting sidetracked so I just stayed on Cycle 3. I still lost a little but very slow (and I lose very slow anyways!!) So now that 2012 is over I started again and it's been easier. I don't know if my body was just not ready to start again back then or what. Last night I even ate out at a Mexican Restaurant with my Sis, BIL and... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 19:33:33 EST Hello 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183892 Happy New Year Blessings everyone! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> We came home from the party around 10:00...we are admitted old fogies! DH had to work yesterday and he had been up since 3:30 am so he was ready. We chilled on the couch until midnight, kissed goodnight and went to sleep! We did drive by some Christmas lights we had not gotten a chance to see until then. There is around 9 houses in one nearby neighborhood that goes all out each year. <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for 2013 a... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:02:58 EST Goodbye 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182254 Goodbye 2012! You were a good year but not without your challenges and heartbreak too. Last year at Christmas my DH was recovering from a BIG kidney stone that they had to remove surgically a day before Christmas. The good thing about it is, he started drinking more water! <em>194</em> My DN (Darling Niece) Amanda moved in with us in February and started nursing school. I love having her and her kitty here! I have another female to ask "How does this look?" instead of just my DH who even... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:13:37 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180213 To track...or not to track? Low carb? Plant based? USDA??? Lately I have been reading info on different ways of eating. <em>40</em> It can really mess with your head! There is so much out there and it can be confusing. I have stopped food tracking and have been eating healthy and not worrying too much about calories, only concentrating on not eating processed foods as much as possible. Eating foods God created! For me this means still following the 17 Day Diet too. I get criticism from ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:38:14 EST It's a Souper Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177869 Actually yesterday AND today are "souper"! After all the Christmas goodies I wanted soup! Snow was falling and it just seemed the perfect thing! So I made a Vegetable Chicken soup and a Vegetable Beef. Two pots of goodness! Non- starchy vegetables.....anything in the the fridge was fair game! No pasta. Everyone warm and happy! DN had Chicken Enchiladas left over from her work party and I did have a small bit of that. But the soup hit the spot so no more creamy enchiladas. Today was soup! YUM!... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:41:48 EST Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176975 I finally got my SNOW! And a good bunch of it too! DH and I left the in-law's and made it home yesterday ahead of the storm. Praying for those in the South who got the tornado part of this storm and for those who may be without power from blizzard conditions. Snuggled up on the couch with a cup of tea. Let it snow! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558187594.jpg"> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:07:34 EST Storm Serge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172270 It looks like I may be getting my snow tomorrow! YAY! <em>444</em> And it should be cleared up enough by Christmas to do a little traveling too! <BR> Today I added an overlock machine or a serger as it is also known! I had been wanting one for a couple years and a friend posted on Facebook the other day that she was selling one of hers. She had bought it used but the woman she bought it from is also a friend and so I know it has been well maintained. I have never had a serger before so I ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:01:09 EST Where is my Snow?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168283 <em>425</em> I am missing my snow! By this time of year it should be cold! I know there are some of you who love the warm..but this is Ohio! We should have snow by now! Crazy weather! LOL! I didn't even have to wear a jacket to church this morning! (It was in the 50's) <em>259</em> <BR> It isn't helping my Christmas Spirit much either. We got snow in October...so where is the December snow? I have remind myself that the first Christmas probably was not a white Christmas either. The real... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 17:22:13 EST Hold Da Pasta! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162352 Today I started Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet so for the next 17 days, no grains or starchy vegetables. Don't worry though...I still have plenty to eat! I was wanting some Marinara sauce today though so I decided I would make a soup using my Meijer brand Chunky Marinara and diced tomatoes, slaw and chicken. It turned out preeeettty good I must say and compliant to the diet. Added a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese and I was happy! I think next time I make it I will add ground turkey instead of the c... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:10:30 EST Gotta Move! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156153 My playlist seems to inspire me this week! One of my challenges this week at First Place 4 Health is a fitness challenge. Get in at least 15 minutes of some form of fitness 6 times this week. I came home and decided it was a good day to walk before the rain moved in! Our little cul-de-sac is .25 of a mile so I walked 1.5 miles...yay! The song Move by Mercy Me came on and I MOVED! Great song! Just don't drive to it like DH does---tend to make you want to go fast. LOL! <BR> Now get out there an... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:12:39 EST So Long Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154727 I had my MP3 player plugged in and was dancing, walking, etc to my playlist and the words to a song hit me right between the eyes! "So Long Self" by Mercy Me was playing and I got to thinking--I need to say "So Long!" to my fat self and keep moving on to the person God wants me to be. So....SO LONG unhealthy, fat Val! It's been nice but time to move on! <BR> <BR> Well if I come across a little bit distant <BR> It's just because I am <BR> Things just seem to feel a little bit different <BR> ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:44:25 EST I Like Getting Dressed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153766 So the past few weeks I have been fitting into more and more of the clothes I have in my closet and I must say---I REALLY like getting dressed now! I picked up some of these in anticipation of being able to wear them eventually and now I can! I have a few in there that are too small yet but I will be wearing them soon! I had DH take a pic today I was so happy! LOL! I enjoy picking out what I will wear to church now. I don't have a very large clothing budget so I get them at thrift stores, con... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:07:11 EST A Thanksgiving Week Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147416 Many of you may already know but DH and I spent last week at a cottage instead of doing the usual stressful and drama filled Thanksgiving with family. We did go a week before to see my 93 year old Dad and made him a mini Thanksgiving. We arrived Monday at the cottage and it was adorable! No bells and whistles (in other words no hot tub, fireplace or internet) but it was exactly what we needed! It is a cute little house probably built in the 1930s furnished with a few antiques and the owners h... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:27:46 EST Trackers Part Two, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136422 Well, today I decided I am not using the other website's tracker. I gave it a good week to try it and I really do not like it. <em>20</em> So today I am back to Spark tracking! YAY! I can find the food soooo much easier on here! I also had to look up some exercises on Sparkpeople to get the info to enter on the other site's! UGH! I am keeping the account for now only because of my friends on there from the church group. <BR> <BR> I stepped up my fitness. In the past I have not remained c... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:00:34 EST Keep Calm!!!??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134409 My prayer the past week has been to "Keep Calm and Carry On". I don't think the quote means "My, how she carries on...and on!" LOL! Ok--I did not carry on like that..I remained calm. But have you ever noticed that when you ask for something that things happen more to make you un-calm? I think God tests me that way sometimes. Like ...never pray for patience! Pray for wisdom instead! <BR> In First Place 4 Health today we started a new study called "A New Beginning". This looks like it will be a... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:26:28 EST Not About the Weight...Or Is It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132698 This weekend we went to my Dad's and I made him a mini-Thanksgiving. It was just 4 of us and Dad told me he had forgotten how good a cook I was. Guess he liked it! LOL! He also mentioned that I looked like I had dropped more weight since he had seen me last...that IS a big deal since he rarely mentions it at all! One of my nieces came over on Sunday afternoon with her kids too and that was wonderful. I had not seen them (except Facebook) for almost a year. <BR> Sunday we went to church at th... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:13:11 EST Tracking Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128805 A few days ago I started tracking my food and exercise on another site which will remain nameless. I only did so because 4 other members in my First Place 4 Health group at church were already on it and this is another way for us to keep each other accountable. The first day I tracked both places and found they are pretty close to each other. The thing I do not like about the other is that if you exercise it automatically adds the calories burned back into your daily goals. This puts me under... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 19:34:46 EST Sparkpeople and politics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127366 Yesterday I blogged about the stuff that drives me crazy....or something like that. I had hoped after yesterday things would get better but after seeing many blogs and facebook posts that are well...pretty hateful towards the losing parties, I just want to say once again that I had high hopes that sparkpeople would be the one place that would be political-free. It's really sad that the very things they accuse one side of being that they are the same. If your people/issues won I am happy for y... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:41:01 EST This Is The Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126255 So this past week has been crazy for me as you may have seen from other blogs and posts. But today I was reminded from one of my workout songs that "in the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I'm blessed! " God is good all the time, even in our mess! Here are the lyrics to Francesca Battistelli's song "This is the Stuff". If you get the chance look up a video on You Tube and sing along and be blessed in your mess! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I lost my keys in the great unknown <BR> An... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:10:17 EST