GERMANIRISHGIRL's SparkPeople Blog GERMANIRISHGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What I learned on the school bus on the way to MAINTENANCE They say the REAL education takes place on the bus on the WAY TO school. The education about real life. <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Perhaps the same goes for the weight maintenance education. I haven't learned much new information since making it to maintenance. <BR> <BR> <BR> On 12/31/12 it will be one year of maintaining for me. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of what I learned about maintenance, I learned right here, on SparkPeople, before I actually got to maintenance. It's not that d... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:31:45 EST The Bad Ass Rock Stars Team Eat to Live May Nutrition Challenge I will be starting a month long individual challenge on Monday 4/30. I will earn points each day for the following (portions copied from the team page): <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) "Staying in range and Consistency in range: get 1 point if you stay in your range for calories/fat/carbs/protein. You will get the amount of points of whatever day of your streak you are on - 1 point for day 1, 2 for day 2, 3 for day 3, etc...- the larger streak you can build, the better you'll do!" <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:42:01 EST My SOUVENIR from SYDNEY AUSTRALIA and a little something for YOU too! This is about my little souvenir I picked up the last time I was in Sydney Australia. And a little gift for you too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> pics from tourists destinations and bug Australia <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the Spring 5% Challenge out next destination is Sydney Australia. I got the plane off the ground this morning for the Clovers. The last ti... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:05:00 EST Yes I too am a SPARK WH@�∑(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered Edited on 4 Mar. 2012...I was asked by Spark Coach Jen to edit this blog because of a word I used in the original blog...considered profanity...apparently not caught by the profanity filter... a word that appears in the Bible...nothing wrong with that, I'm just saying. So the word has now been removed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have read my Spark page or previous blogs, you know that I am a self-proclaimed SPARK WARRIOR, SPARK PRINCESS, and SPARK REBEL. Now I must tell you that I am a... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:55:50 EST Please HELP name our new PUPPY (w/pics) Please help! We need some fresh ideas in naming our new puppy. <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I took me 5 years to get this 8 week old puppy. I had time to think of a name...but I didn't. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been working on my DH to get a puppy for 5 years. It was always one excuse after another. First it was...wait till DD is 8 years old...she is now 13. Then it was...wait till DS is 8...he is now 10. Two years ago I enlisted the kids in begging for a puppy with me. A li... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:08:40 EST Chris Downie...YES YOU, are FIRED...I want a DIVORCE Chris Downie...YES YOU, are FIRED...I want a DIVORCE... <BR> <BR> So if you are a Green Spark, just weeks or months into this journey or maybe you are a seasoned Sparker and you feel stuck, that may be what you feel like saying to Sparkpeople at times. Resist that urge to fire or divorce Sparkpeople. Stay with me here. <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't like that evil word "plateau". I prefer to call it <BR> PREMATURE UNPLANNED MAINTENANCE APPLICATION or PUMA for short. <BR> <BR... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:33:58 EST That's ALL you do... EAT EAT EAT... On Tuesday, I was in the break-room, heating my STEEL CUT OATS, with APPLES and WALNUTS in the microwave, filling up my 5 c. WATER bottle. <BR> <em>481</em> <em>274</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some of my co-workers were filling up on coffee, Mountain Dew, donuts, poptarts, McDonalds...nothing wrong with that...I am just saying... <BR> <em>287</em> <em>262</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the New Years Resolution conversation... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:01:55 EST I want MORE MORE MORE, they want NOW NOW NOW I am not a New Year's resolutions kind of girl. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I learned long ago...they just don't work for me. <BR> <BR> If you are not working for me, then you are FIRED, not gonna do it. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My co-workers have been discussing their resolutions since 12/27. They always ask about mine. And every year I say "I resolve to keep...quit smoking". <BR> <BR> Normally that would not be funny but, I quit smoking, for the second and FINAL tim... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:51:16 EST It is NOT a PARTY unless the COPS show up! Happy 1 year Sparkversary! Thanks to EVERYONE that came to my Goal Party yesterday. It was great! Spark peeps are the BEST! I said PARTY like you mean it and LIVE like you mean it. You guys know how to party! <em>248</em> <em>503</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks to MOUNTAINMERMAID and PYNETREE and JBLOSSOM for bringing healthy snacks and wine to share. <em>191</em> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks to LINDAJO621, NORAB52GOOD, JUST_TRI_IT, NEVERORNOW, IRISHBEANERGAL MTULLY, MISSY455, MAPEGASUS,... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:57:08 EST GOAL party at my page...U R invited...BYOB & your PJs...I check car keys and weapons at the door... GOAL Party <em>248</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are invited to join in the PARTY! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is BYOB and your PJs. I DO require you to check your car keys and all weapons at the door. I do NOT tolerate drunk driving at all! Hey, my house, my rules. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are invited because I want to THANK YOU and, well, I COULD have done it without you (I AM a Warrior Prin... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:50:39 EST final exam...and the Big Blue H... final exam...and the Big Blue H... <BR> <BR> This is about the good , the bad, and the ugly...OR <BR> <BR> it is the good news, the great news, and the sad news... <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news is(this deals with the BAD too) half-BIL Stupid Steve, lovingly referred to as in JAIL... <BR> <BR> Yippee-kay-yeah for the local law enforcement! (Round of applause here.) <BR> <BR> Don't know or care how/why he got picked up. I am relieved when I know WHERE he is. He i... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:46:29 EST I need to take a CLASS on how to CARE??? Excuse me? First of all, I want to thank all my Spark buds for all the thoughts and prayers for my DH. It is a good way...I feel loved. I wish I had time to respond to everyone individually. I am way behind in my Spark online activities...especially reading blogs, responding to Sparkmail, and sending goodies. Please know I am not ignoring you. I read a lot of friend's blogs and try to comment on most. Even if it is just a couple of words or an emotioncon. I do that just so you k... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 12:33:56 EST My bra strap got stuck on my tiara--please help! My bra strap got stuck on my tiara--please help! <BR> <BR> It all started with the free bird last week... <BR> <BR> The turkey my employer gave me for Thanksgiving gave me fits coming out of the hot oven. I pulled a muscle in my back wrestling that dumb bird to the counter top! No serious injury, me, I mean…the bird was dead. I did ask myself if I could get Worker’s Comp since my employer gave me the bird. I doubt it. <BR> <BR> I did great on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, as far as my... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:57:08 EST I am a Warrior--a reminder blog for me 11/11/11 This is just a reminder for keep me on track... <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Attitudes of a Warrior <BR> <BR> I am a warrior... I act in spite of fear. <BR> I am a warrior... I am willing to do whatever it takes. <BR> I am a warrior... I do everything at 100%. <BR> I am a warrior... I am willing to do what's "hard." <BR> I am a warrior... I act in spite of my mood. <BR> I am a warrior... I am bigger than any obstacle. <BR> I am a warrior... I succeed in spite of anything. <BR> I ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:04:22 EST 14-14-14 Mini-challenge for Thanksgiving--Day 14 11/23/11 I got this from the 14-14-14 Mini-challenge from KANSASROSE67…. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are 14 days left before Thanksgiving. The mini-challenge: <BR> <BR> ~Eat under 1400 calories every one of those 14 days <BR> <BR> ~Run 14 miles every week during the challenge, no matter what the weather! <BR> <BR> ~Post a different status each of the 14 days naming something I'm thankful for. <BR> <BR> My accountability will be that each day I'll edit this blog, telling how I did and adding an emoti... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:59:43 EST "Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too "Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> ! <em>248</em> ! <em>248</em> ! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I DID IT! In 299 days I DID IT! I weigh 136 lbs. and now have a “NORMAL” HEALTHY BMI of 24.9 <BR> <BR> When I started my Spark journey on Jan 1, 2011, I weighed 190.1 with a BMI of 34.8, right in the middle of the obese category. I didn't even know my number then. I knew I was fat, I just didn't know how bad it was, numerically speaking, I mean. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:54:40 EST I said MAYBE to the dress... At the local Labor Day festivities, <em>283</em> a day before our 14th anniversary, my DH says"Here's what I am thinking..." <BR> <BR> <BR> When he says that, I get nervous. It sometimes involves a lame idea--think rope, chainsaws, and ladders. <em>58</em> Sometimes it involves OUR money going to my in-laws, which irritates me to no end. Sometimes it is perfectly harmless and I let him have his way. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This time he says, "since next year will be a big one, I... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:06:16 EST It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please, no Twinkie bashing. I don’t even like Twinkies. I think I subconsciously used the word Twinkie, because one of my co-workers uses the word to describe an incompetent co-worker(the company president’s daughter). She is a sweet girl, not very intelligent, not good for the company(it is a waste of money to pay her). S... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 07:44:47 EST a NSV that WARMS a MOTHER'S HEART A NSV that warms a mother's heart <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Actually, I had 2 non-scale victories this week. <em>237</em> The first happened at the water-park. I always keep a swim-bag packed, ready to go, in my car. Sometimes we are spontaneous and just decide to go swimming on a whim. We had not been swimming in about a month. We decided to go the other day. I didn't have to pack the swim bag, so I didn't think about my suit not fitting. When we got there, I put my ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:46:19 EST Vacation—tips that helped me pack my bags and avoid packing on the extra pounds The word “vacation” doesn’t mean to vacate your new healthy lifestyle that you have worked so hard to achieve. I picked a mini vacation for my reward for reaching the half way point of my goal weight. If you don’t have rewards for yourself, I strongly recommend it. It can be a great motivator and they don't have a cost a lot either. For example, I buy myself a goodie each week---how cheap! While I was eagerly anticipating my vacation that I had worked so hard for, I was concerned about u... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:11:06 EST Why in the world would I want to move to Maryville, TN? I am sure it is a lovely place to live. But that is what I said to my husband when he told me that he MAY get transferred to Knoxville IN ABOUT A YEAR. WTH ! I do understand WHY his boss asked him if he was interested in going to Knoxville. A couple of years ago the company opened a branch in Chattanooga. At that time they asked my husband if he wanted to go there because he mentioned in a casual conversation that he would love to live in the Smokey Mountains. We visit there at least onc... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:28:35 EST Excuse me...I am trying to do my Sparktime you mind? I had a Spark friend notice that I had not been online as much lately. Guilty as charged. I am sorry. <BR> <BR> I do most of my online Sparking at work. It is approaching the busy time of year for us. I do the A/R and A/P for the world headquarters of a small construction company. So I don't have as much time as I did in the winter to Spark at work. After my kids are out of school in June, I will have even less time. I will just need to experiment with my schedule to find something t... Wed, 18 May 2011 11:58:55 EST That is the beauty of America! I have been reading about some SP drama. I don't know what it is all about. Not sure that I want or care to know all of the details. <BR> <BR> I see what I would call stupid or offensive on here, and everywhere else for that matter, frequently. That is life. Here is what I tell my children: That is the beauty of America! We have the right to be stupid and or do stupid things, or make stupid choices. We also have the right to ignore the stupidity. So exercise your rights! <em>334</e... Sat, 14 May 2011 09:31:30 EST "Be kind, For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." <BR> <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Fri, 13 May 2011 20:12:23 EST "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." <BR> <BR> Judy Garland <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Thu, 12 May 2011 08:29:34 EST I should have been in the Ripley's Believe It Or Not. I did a Zumba dvd for the first time today. And apparently, I have THREE left feet! I guess the extras have always been there. I just never noticed them when doing Irish stepdancing. Practice practice practice. <em>137</em> Wed, 11 May 2011 19:48:41 EST WOW that was liberating! I spent a few hours yesterday going through my closets. I got rid of two 55 gallon size trash bags full of clothes that no longer fit. When I put everything back, I took the time to organize by size(I have them all). So next time I purge, it will be faster. I took the bags straight to the Goodwill...never going back to a large or extra large ever again! <em>9</em> My DD was glad to see the "mom jeans" go. I can now fit into what she calls my "cool jeans". Thank you SP! <em>104</e... Tue, 10 May 2011 11:51:56 EST "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will (do better) tomorrow.'" <BR> <BR> Mary Anne Radmacher <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Mon, 9 May 2011 11:33:12 EST Happy Mother's Day! My DH got me a new bike. <em>332</em> The correct size and color and everything! WooHoo! I really needed a new bike. I have made-do with a bike that was really too big for me for a long time. I won it at a Cincinnati Reds game when I was in high school. Wow, that was a long time ago! Now if it would stop raining so I can ride, that would be fabulous! <em>137</em> Sun, 8 May 2011 06:54:13 EST Run for the Roses! Today this filly did a 5k Run/walk for the Roses. <em>214</em> I beat my previous time by 1 second. It was usual. <em>27</em> If I am going to jog in the rain, I think I need better clothes to wear. I think I am starting to get a head cold too. Stopping to spit is so unlady-like. lol <BR> <BR> Is it too early for a Mint Julep? <em>56</em> It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? <em>236</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 08:13:33 EST If you need a kick in the a$$... A sparkfriend of mine requested someone give her a kick in the a$$. So here it is. <em>216</em> I am not going to sugar-coat it. <BR> <BR> Be consistent. <BR> Be accountable. <BR> Only YOU can do this…I will not do it for you. <BR> Do more today than you did yesterday. <BR> The ONLY excuse that I will accept for not doing it is... you are DEAD. <BR> I don't want to hear the words..."I can't" or "I will try". <BR> Just do it! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>247</em> <em>137</em> Fri, 6 May 2011 09:01:32 EST Feliz Cinco de Mayo One of our vendors sponsored a luncheon today for their customers. On the invitation they mentioned celebrating Cinco de Mayo with them. So, I was looking forward to some good Mexican food. They usually cater from nice local restaurants. Well...we had pulled bbq pork sandwiches, baked beans, and cole slaw! The bbq was really good...I skipped the bun. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So I guess I will have a Margarita when I get home. <em>334</em> <BR> Thu, 5 May 2011 14:00:06 EST "I like parties, but I don't like ...pinatas because the pinata promotes violence against flamboyant animals." <BR> <BR> Demetri Martin <BR> <BR> Have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo! Wed, 4 May 2011 14:58:50 EST "Personally I stay away from natural foods. At my age I need all the preservatives I can get." <BR> <BR> George Burns <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Forgive my dark humor today. I am sick of all the RAIN! I am tired of wearing duck shoes EVERYDAY! They are just not that cute! I should be wearing sandals already! <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> Tue, 3 May 2011 10:11:15 EST To me, the best music is my children's laughter. Even with all the gloomy weather we have had, they still find something to belly laugh about. <em>334</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 08:34:38 EST "It is not the answer ...that enlightens, but the question." <BR> <BR> Eugene Ionesco <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 09:31:28 EST If you want others to be happy, ...practice compassion. If YOU want to be happy, practice compassion." <BR> <BR> <BR> the fourteenth Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:28:17 EST "Hope is putting to work when doubting would be easier." <BR> <BR> Anonymous <em>137</em> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:37:13 EST A certain 5 letter word ...becomes shorter when you add two letters to it. What is the word? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> short <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:26:13 EST "Have patience ...with all things, but first of all with yourself." <BR> <BR> St. Francis de Sales <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:50:39 EST I almost cried. My children always have an after-school snack as soon as they get home from school. Yesterday, my 9 year old son asked me if he could have a SALAD. I almost cried! <BR> <BR> Then, last night, while watching TV, my 12 year daughter got out the yoga mat and did a workout. <BR> <BR> There's hope after all! At least some of what I do is sinking in. Yeah! <BR> <em>137</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:11:38 EST Forget yesterday's mistakes. But make a list of things you have learned from those mistakes and then MOVE ON. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:31:25 EST Happy Easter Please let it be a happy day with family, no drama. Let me make healthy food choices. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 07:20:24 EST Remember, it is not about the... peeps <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> or the jelly beans <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> or the baskets <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> or the dyed eggs <em>453</em> <BR> <BR> and not even about the chocolate bunnies. <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Easter! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 07:40:59 EST puzzle for today Think of the two-word name of an event concerned with protecting the planet. Take the first word, move its third letter to the end, and put the result inside the second word, and you'll get a two-word phrase that names something that might destroy the planet in an old sci-fi movie. <BR> <BR> What are they? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Earth Day...death ray <BR> <em>432</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:28:10 EST "Opportunities are usually ...diagnosed as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." <BR> <BR> Ann Landers <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:46:11 EST I did it...WOOHOO... I reached one of my mini goals. It was "BMI under 30". I reached it today, so I am going to get a new laptop. That was the reward I picked for reaching that milestone in my journey. I have one of the first laptops ever made...have needed a new one for a long time. But always gave other family purchases higher priority. So it feels especially good to do something for me! <em>137</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:27:12 EST "Know how to ...give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meaness." <BR> <BR> George Sand <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:19:07 EST "Loving includes ... fellowship in suffering, in joy and in effort." <BR> <BR> Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:53:37 EST my first SP 5K yesterday When I first started SP in Jan. all I did was walk. Then I started the 5K your way training. I signed up for the virtual 5K walk/run spark into spring race. I had a week in which to complete the race. Naturally, I waited till the last day to do it. It was raining and windy and cold. That's what I get for procrastinating. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago I walked a 5K for a charity thing. It was more of a social event. We walked and talked the entire time. I don't even remember my fin... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 07:35:23 EST