GODS_TEMPLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GODS%5FTEMPLE GODS_TEMPLE'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/ I'm NORMAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742295 This is the day I've been waiting for. I've reached another milestone! <BR> <BR> When I started my journey, I didn't dare to dream this day would come...especially not this soon. But, I'm really at a NORMAL BMI! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Remembering me at my largest: November 14, 2012...272 pounds...BMI 43.9...Obese Class 3 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114843184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, here's my avatar for my weight today: July 19, 2014...153.4...BMI 24.... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:48:35 EST Have you been to the Jim this morning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741863 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1696482196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or better yet, why not go to the GYM for a healthy start to your morning? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:31:18 EST My journey so far...and what is still to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690956 I started my weight loss journey on November 14, 2012. At that time, I weighted 272 pounds...BMI 43.9...Obese Class 3. Here's a picture of 'virtual' me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1804929551.jpg"> <BR> Of course I think I looked more like this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806133647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By May of 2013 I was down to 232 pounds...BMI 37.4...Obese Class 2. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445474383.... Fri, 9 May 2014 00:04:10 EST The MOST Important Job in the World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674663 Wonderful video. <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/8573/World%<BR>27s-Toughest-Job!/#.U1CF5Mf63eY </link> <BR> <BR> If you still have your mom with you, thank her on Mother's Day (and every other day of the year)! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:37 EST How to stay youthful by Joe McKeever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665397 This was written by a friend, Dr. Joe McKeever, and I thought everyone should have a chance to read it... <BR> <BR> <BR> How to stay youthful all the way home <BR> Posted on April 5, 2014 by Joe <BR> <BR> “They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green….” (Psalm 92:14). <BR> <BR> It occurs to me that there is one article I can write which Rick Warren cannot (not yet anyway), which Thom Rainer is not ready to write, and which some people couldn’t come up ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:21:36 EST Starling Murmurations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648760 God's creation is awesome! <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/8168/Dylan-<BR>Winter-and-the-Starling-Murmurations/#<BR>.UyUSLl763eY </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:56:37 EST CHEW your FOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648022 Do you remember when your mom used to tell you to chew your food 32 times before you swallow it? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018666629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it turns out she wasn't doing that just to make you sit at the table longer, so she could spend more time with you...or just to irritate you. <BR> <BR> Chewing your food for a long time has many good side effects... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924428425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chewing... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:08:31 EST I May Not Be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630544 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031497907.jpg"> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:33:30 EST You can reach any goal you set your heart on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628537 I just saw this wonderful video that will give your heart a lift...I know it did mine. Of course, since the man in the video is from my home State...it makes it even more special to me. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> 'Steve Hartman meets an elementary school principal in Port Barre, La., whose road to success started in an unexpected place, but Gabe Sonnier will tell you his journey proves it's not where you start, it's how you finish.' <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/7972/School<... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:21:09 EST How To Make A Baby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614517 How to make a baby... by Canadian photographer Patrice Laroche <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349152596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96260959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452323791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924411273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485859230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:14:18 EST What Have YOU Lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609488 I saw this list a while back, and kept it as a reminder. When we start losing weight, we think our journey will take forever. After we've lost a good bit we start thinking...it's really not that hard. Then we slow down...OR EVEN PLATEAU...and we go back to thinking...THIS IS GOING TO TAKE FOREEEEEEVER!!! <BR> <BR> So, sit back, take a deep breath...and feast your eyes on what you've REALLY accomplished. <BR> <BR> According to this chart, I've lost 'a new born calf AND a rack of baby back... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:28:31 EST Intelligence Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604907 <BR> For all my intelligent (smart) friends, this will really make you think. This is serious stuff - so play close attention. <BR> <BR> Good luck. <BR> <BR> This test is to ascertain your mental state now…. <BR> <BR> If you get one right you are doing ok; if you get none right you better go for counseling. <BR> <BR> The Giraffe Test <BR> There are 4 questions. Don’t miss one. <BR> <BR> 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? <BR> <BR> Stop and think about it and decide on yo... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:26:50 EST The strangest conversation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600836 I had a very strange conversation tonight at Bible study... <BR> <BR> I've been going to this Bible study for about 8 years, so when my weight loss started showing, everyone was excited for me. Each week many of the group mentions my weight loss, and often ask 'How much now?'. <BR> <BR> I guess one of the ladies hasn't been in on our conversations when I've talked about how I'm losing the weight (even though I know I've sent the website information to them all) <BR> <BR> Anyway...this i... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:37:58 EST Get your exercise while you work on your computer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593131 I just ran across this great website. Everyone who spends all day sitting at a desk needs to ask their company to run out and buy these for everyone. It will revolutionize the business world! <BR> <BR> <link>www.treaddesk.com/ </link> You can look at the video to get more information, and a demonstration. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478487885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you saw in the video, the desk is adjustable, so you can take a break and sit for a spell! ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 04:42:52 EST What Will You Do When You Grow Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589839 I just decided what I want to do when I 'grow up'? <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy this video. It's amazing what people can do! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/BOjOGKu3jTc </link> <BR> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 03:22:41 EST A New Exercise Program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589814 This was shared by a Spark friend (Thanks LYNNWANNABE) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXJl1fuFAKU&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:33:17 EST Anything Can Happen If YOU Believe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589813 This video has a sad beginning, but please watch it all the way to the end...to find the miracle! <BR> <BR> WARNING: Have your hankies ready! <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/7571/Daisy-<BR>--the-Little-Pup-Who-Believed/#.UtDiQ_<BR>ZPHeZ </link> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:28:41 EST Very Interesting Fact About Penguins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587136 I got this email, and it was so interesting and informative, I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they go? <BR> <BR> Wonder no more!!!!!!! It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a fo... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:47:33 EST Starting The New Year Off On The Right Foot - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580225 Today's lesson concerns exercise... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258713688.jpg"> <BR> No...not that kind of exercise! It takes more than trying to fool our brains, to lose weight. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57059425.jpg"> <BR> Yes...that's right...only a difference of 500 calories a day, and you can lose 1 pound a week!!! <BR> So, let's see how that can be done... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75655392.jpg"> ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 00:52:29 EST Starting The New Year Off On The Right Foot - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578480 We just entered a brand New Year... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294168662.jpg"> <BR> ...and all the fireworks are behind us... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2113250561.jpg"> <BR> ...so it's time to get back to basics if we want this weight loss journey to turn out Right! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344727205.jpg"> <BR> I know we're all smart enough about this weight loss business, so we don't need to run out... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:06:04 EST Christmas Quotes by some people you may know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570737 "There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child." –– Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> "Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive." –– Robert Lynd <BR> <BR> "Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for havi... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:50:51 EST Oreo Christmas Coal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566748 I added a delicious recipe to SP. I didn't make it up, just changed a recipe I found on Pintrest. Everyone who has tasted it has told me how yummy it is...and I totally agree. Just wanted to share in case you wanted to make it for Christmas. By the way, it's super easy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1138387374.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2631583 </link> <BR> <BR> Forgot to mention...I 'served' it in a pap... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:17:50 EST Tis The Reason! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880011451.jpg"> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:39:18 EST The Emu Tango! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563874 Saw this cute video, and had to share. Hope you all enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/7254/Emu-Ta<BR>ngo-%28Emu-vs.-Weasel-Ball%29/#.UqvJXI<BR>1PHeZ </link> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:00:48 EST Why Friends Are Important! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498801 Friends are always there when you need them... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631460678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They always have your back... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373010386.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They guide you so you wont stray... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279850967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But most importantly, they just sit and listen when you need someone to talk to... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 20:10:47 EST My Progress - with Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479147 When I started my journey on November 14, 2013, I didn't have the foggiest idea I would have come so far in such a short amount of time. <BR> <BR> Oh...not that I'm complaining, or anything! I just figured it would have taken longer to lose 66 pounds. <BR> <BR> Having not done any exercise for most of my life, I thought it would take longer to build up to the level I'm at, also. <BR> <BR> BUT...the proof is definitely in the pictures...and on the scale! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:54:21 EST I Am Not A Writer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473147 As you've probably figured out by now...I don't like to write. My mom loved to write. During WWII she wrote to about 100 soldiers every month. During her latter years, she sometimes wrote to well over 100 people each month, just to cheer them up. By that time, she had a copier, so she just had to write one 'quote sheet' or 'joke sheet' or what she referred to as 'one liners' and then make copies...but she still addressed most of the envelopes by hand, and sometimes added a personal letter... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 04:20:21 EST Need A Laugh Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449280 I was sitting here going through my emails and just had to share this one with you. It was too good to keep to myself. <BR> <BR> The little girl seems to be an Elvis fan...so this is for you other Elvis fans out there! <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/6261/Ella-M<BR>ae-sings-%22An-American-Trilogy%22-by-<BR>Elvis/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy this as much as DD and I did. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:31:21 EST We All Need Somebody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423198 I saw this video, and it made me think about how much we need each other. <BR> <BR> Yes...we could do this by ourselves, but it would be so much more difficult. An encouraging word from a friend can go a long way to helping us get back on track...or not getting off the track in the first place. A gentle nudge in the right direction can mean the difference between success and failure. <BR> <BR> So, when you see a friend who has fallen, remember the lesson of the TURTLE, and give that GEN... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:20:57 EST A Funny Thing Happened To Me Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420122 I am not a breakfast eater! I have been, for most of my life, skipping that most important meal of the day...simply because i wasn't hungry til several hours after awakening. I definitely don't have anything against 'breakfast'. As a matter of fact, I often ate (and still do eat) breakfast foods for supper. <BR> <BR> But, since starting SP, and reading about metabolism, I have been eating soon after waking up...even if just a Zone Perfect Bar...just to kick start my metabolism to help wit... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:32:13 EST I Want To Be Like This When I'm 94! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417017 Found this video that we all need to see. This is why I'm getting myself into shape...then I'll have to take dance lessons! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=8LOdmk<BR>a4_90 </link> <BR> <BR> If I can do only half of what Matilda can do when I'm 94, I'll be happy! <BR> <BR> This goes to show us we can do what we put our minds to...so don't ever stop trying! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:59:42 EST When Was The Last Time You Did The Twist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410053 I recently added two new GOALS to my Team. The first is to DANCE and have fun for at least 10 minutes a day. The second is to LAUGH for at least 10 minutes a day. I think Summer is for having fun, and I couldn't think of a better way to do that. Both goals can also be done while sitting, which means my whole team can be included in them. <BR> <BR> I am not a dancer. I can't remember the last time I danced. So, I was having a hard time trying to figure out what would be the best way to ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:51:41 EST Since Nov. 14, 2012 I Am Down 49.4 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405953 I have to be truthful and say I never thought I'd see this day. <BR> <BR> That's not to say I didn't think I could lose that much weight...I'd done that part many times before. The difference is the way I lost it, and the fact that I never plan to gain it again! <BR> <BR> This time, there's been a change in my way of thinking. This time I lost it slowly and steadily. This time I know I can keep it off, because my outlook on weight loss has made a radical about face. <BR> <BR> Almost ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:31:29 EST OK...So I'm Weird... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953921463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've come to the conclusion that I'm just going to be weird for the rest of my life. I can handle that. It's not like it's something new that just happened. It's been with me for most of my life...if not all of my life. I can remember some things my mom told me I did before my memories started to stay with me...so I guess I've ALWAYS been weird! <BR> <BR> Most of my weirdness revolves around food. Food is OK,... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:59:53 EST How Do You Plan To Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1177399213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this your dieting strategy, or are you following a new plan to reach a new goal? <BR> <BR> In Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken", he speaks of having to choose between two roads as he traveled. Even though he wanted to take both, he had to choose. He thought he would take the other road another day, but even as he had that thought, he realized that would probably never happen. <BR> <BR> Have you eve... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:42:40 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317869 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER! <B... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:17:11 EST Being Optimistic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315300 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835334077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really thought about skipping my exercise bike and ST today. <BR> <BR> After all, I had already carried an A/C window unit down the stairs, then picked another one up several times while trying to get it situated in DD's window. That counts as ST, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> And, I had gone up and down my 13 steps at least 6 or 7 times while doing this...the thing you want is always downstairs, right? That should... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:53:57 EST I Don't Want To End Up Like This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1662955414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I received an email with this picture attached. While it is funny in a way, I decided I don't want to ever have to go grocery shopping like this. <BR> <BR> So, I'll keep doing my exercises to strengthen my legs and stay mobile as long as possible. If I ever get to the point of needing to ride in a shopping cart to go to the grocery...just put me out to pasture! Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:35:06 EST Another Week Has Come And Gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305848 This week was a little easier than last week. I could do several of the Spring Challenge videos without modification, and I still have high hopes for the rest, as time goes by. <BR> <BR> Since I joined SP on November 14, 2012, I've shed almost 29 pounds. That isn't a lot compared to the 140 I want to lose, but I'd say it's a good start. I'd rather lose slowly and keep it off. In the past...when I was a lot younger...I could lose quickly, but we know where that leads, and I'm tired of pla... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 23:31:09 EST How Long Will You Procrastinate Because You Are Afraid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304512 “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” ~Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> I've never thought of it that way... Did I put off losing weight for so many years because I was afraid of what would happen once the weight was off? Was I afraid I wouldn't be a... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:29:07 EST Am I Falling Apart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591634073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been having a lot of pain the past few days. I was beginning to think I was going to have to stop some of my exercise, or at least slow it down a good bit. Am I just getting to the point in my life where I'm starting to fall apart? <BR> <BR> And then I had an 'epiphany'! <BR> <BR> The doctor has me on three medicines for my Fibromyalgia. Two are antidepressants...since research has found they are also ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:54:27 EST One Week Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297810 This is the first week that I've done any exercise videos. I don't really know why I haven't done them before... Maybe apprehension that i wouldn't be able to do all the different things Coach Nicole wants me to do? <BR> <BR> And guess what I found out? <BR> <BR> I can't!!!!! <BR> <BR> But it doesn't matter. I did what I could, modified some of the exercises, and when I just couldn't do it at all, I did something else while i watched. <BR> <BR> And that was OK. Nobody came knocking on... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:34:33 EST What Are We Waiting For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277879 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954773431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got this picture in an email yesterday, and as I pondered the dog's situation, I began to wonder...am I like this? Do I sit for long periods of time just waiting for something to happen? Is my happiness dependent on others? <BR> <BR> At one time, the answer to all those questions would have been a resounding YES! But that's not me anymore. Through SparkPeople, I have found that I am the master of my own life... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:47:32 EST Singing In Church. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261439 Tomorrow morning, I have a solo part in the choir's special music. <BR> <BR> I don't have the best voice in the world...not even close. I wouldn't win America's Got Talent or American Idol. In fact, I wouldn't put myself in a position of being humiliated in front of the millions of people who are watching. I'm not that interested in having my '5 minutes of fame' (I know the saying is 15 minutes, but believe me, I wouldn't last that long). <BR> <BR> I love to sing. I sing all the time. ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:48:21 EST Don't Shampoo in the Shower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255170 Don't shampoo in the shower. It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful! <BR> <BR> I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner. I use shampoo in the shower and when I wash my hair the shampoo runs down my whole body. Printed clearly on the shampoo label is the warning, "for extra body and volume." No wonder I have been gaining weight. <BR> <BR> Well, I've gotten rid of that shampoo and am going to start shampooing with Dawn dish soap. Its label reads, "dissolves fat th... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:34:53 EST How Do You Do It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247094 I have to start this blog by HONORING all my SparkFriends who have a full time job, or a house full of kids, or BOTH. You all deserve a trophy for doing all that and keeping up with your exercise and nutrition goals, and also finding the time to keep up with SP friends and Blog, too! <BR> <BR> How on earth do you do it? I only had to work a few days last week, and I had just enough time to do my exercise and go through some of my email. I don't know what I would have done if there was a m... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:52:17 EST If George Can Do That, I Can Do This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243443 So, George Dawson, age 98, African American, went to school to learn how to read and write. He then became a best-selling author of the book "Life Is Good." A middle school was named after him with a statue of him erected. When the students feel they can't, they think of Mr. Dawson and say they can do anything. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k7EInD_AoI </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.oprah.com/oprahshow/George-Dawso<BR>ns-Legacy-Video </link> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:48:28 EST Be sure to set achievable goals in 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234796 A friend posted this on FB, and I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1052352819.jpg"> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:43:41 EST I Just Realized I'm Not In Pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232501 I went to my pain management doctor today for a check up. The first thing they do is hand you a piece of paper where you have to say where your pain is located, and what degree of pain you are in. <BR> <BR> Until that moment, I hadn't realized that I haven't hurt in quite a while. Oh, I'm not saying I'm pain free...I still have a pain here and there sometimes...but I'm talking about the constant pain I used to live with. The FIBROMYALGIA pain that has been a thorn in my side, back, knees,... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:21:53 EST Are We Drawing The Right Picture? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222360 A friend gave my DD this picture (it's just a copy...not the real thing) yesterday for helping her pack up to move. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114668720.jpg"> <BR> It's a famous drawing by the Dutch Artist M. C. Escher. <BR> <BR> I've always like this drawing, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder...are we drawing the right picture of ourselves? <BR> <BR> God created us as individuals, and even though we may have the same 'equipment' on our bodies as everyo... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:57:45 EST