HANNAHSGRAMMIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HANNAHSGRAMMIE HANNAHSGRAMMIE'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 Was Right!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749232 My daughter had her gender reveal party about a month ago. Only my husband, mother-in-law, and I thought that it was a girl. I was shocked when the blue balloons came out of the box. I had been so sure. Well, guess what???? I WAS RIGHT!! She went for her diagnostic sonogram yesterday, and SHE is a healthy girl. My daughter went back to the first sonogram place today to tell them what had happened, that TWO people at their business said it was a boy. They apologized. My daughter and ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:21:19 EST The Big Mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726035 The other day, Hannah had a good time with her diaper cream. Instead of playing quietly in her room, she decided that she'd "paint." When her mother walked in and saw the mess, Hannah proudly said, "Look, Mommy, paint." She just left the room to cry. Then, she spent the next hour scrubbing the furniture. It reminded me of our relationship with God. God tells us in His Word to do or not do something, and instead of obeying God, we decide to do what we want to do. The results: a big mes... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:05:43 EST As the Deer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714576 As the deer panteth for the water <BR> So my soul longeth after thee <BR> You alone are my hearts desire <BR> And I long to worship thee <BR> <BR> Chorus <BR> You alone are my strength my shield <BR> To You alone may my spirit yield <BR> You alone are my heart's desire <BR> And I long to worship thee <BR> <BR> You're my friend and You are my brother, <BR> Even though you are a king. <BR> I love you more than any other, <BR> So much more than anything. <BR> <BR> I want You more than gold or... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:50:47 EST What I have learned this first year with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700407 Today's my one year Sparkversary. I woke up a year ago, and decided that I was tired of the way I looked, tired of letting MS rule my life, tired of thinking that it didn't matter anyway because I could never be healthy because of the MS, tired of waiting for the "other shoe to fall" and go downhill quickly healthwise. So, I thought....been there, done that. I'm tired of having the "one day I'll lose weight" attitude. That day was May 21, 2013. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to do a google sear... Thu, 22 May 2014 00:44:51 EST A New Grandbaby!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685353 I put in my status this week that it was going to be an exciting week. Well, today was that day. Our daughter and husband told us on Good Friday that she was pregnant, due December 10. Today was her first sonogram. The baby is healthy with a strong heartbeat. Angela had been really worried because 3 weeks before Angela got pregnant, her best friend had a miscarriage. That's why she waited so long to tell anyone. But, they decided on Good Friday since the families were getting together ... Thu, 1 May 2014 23:20:01 EST I'm Happy to be Back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647305 I had a good time on my vacation, but I'm very happy to be back home. My son-in-law is now a Warrant Officer in the La. National Guard. We (husband, daughter, granddaughter) left Monday to go to his graduation. FYI: It's challenging to drive across 2 states with a 2 year old!!! She was very good, but got restless, of course, so we had to stop often. My husband and I came back last night. They took their time driving back. AND, I weighed this morning, just knowing that I'd gained 40 lb... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:21:23 EST Somewhat Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634975 I'm somewhat discouraged about my weight loss--or the lack thereof. I realized that it's the end of February and that was suppose to be when I met my goal of reaching 210. I had made my goal around Christmas. Since I seem to be losing weight slower, I thought that instead of 2 lbs. a week, that I'd shoot for a little over 1 lb per week. I figured that a good goal would be to lose 10 pounds in 2 months. That's doable, right??? Well, it didn't happen. I'm stuck at losing about 2 lbs. I ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:47:40 EST Not a Fun Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632971 Today was a challenging infusion day. First it wasn't until the afternoon. I like to go on and get it over with. They did the usual blood work--no problem. Then, my veins decided to not cooperate and FIVE stick and TWO nurses later, they finally got the IV to going so my 2 hours could start. Sometimes it "hits" me more than other times. Tonight's one of those times. Enough whining. Everyone have a great day tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Ronda Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:45:47 EST Church Bulletin Bloopers #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632072 1. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice. <BR> <BR> 2. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. <BR> <BR> 3. The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her. <BR> <BR> 4. Today's Sermon: HOW MUCH CAN A MAN DRINK? with hymns from a full choir. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:23:33 EST Church Bulletin Bloopers #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626936 Even if you've heard some of these before, I think you'll still enjoy them: <BR> <BR> The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery down stairs. <BR> <BR> The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend the tragedy. ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:41:40 EST My Unexpected Week Continues!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624537 I was looking forward to yesterday--Friday. Things were looking up since we had electricity. I was trying to do a few things around the house. I woke up feeling so refreshed since I was finally able to use my CPAP machine. Hannah and I didn't get up until 9 a.m. It was wonderful, but then Hurricane Hannah started spinning. Hannah won the award for being into EVERYTHING. She's a digger, which I'm not use to, but while I was cleaning up one mess (let's take mommy's powder and put it all ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:09:56 EST My Unexpected Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623414 This week has certainly been unusual. I went to my daughter's house to watch Hannah there on Monday so that DH could study. At 4 p.m., the area schools announced that they would be closed on Tues. due to bad weather. So, I went back home Mon. night to grab a few things since we didn't know if DD would have work the next day. We woke up to gorgeous weather on Tuesday! But, temps started dropping and there was ice everywhere! At 10:30 p.m., the electricity went out! It was freezing in t... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:16:33 EST The Proper Way to Pray Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621431 People are sometimes too concerned with the "how to" pray rather than to JUST pray...talk with God, develop a relationship! I found this cute poem about "The Proper Way to Pray." <BR> <BR> <BR> "The proper way for a man to pray," <BR> Said Deacon Lemuel Keys, <BR> "And the only proper attitude <BR> Is down upon his knees." <BR> <BR> "No, I should say the way to pray," <BR> Said Rev. Dr. Wise, <BR> "Is standing straight with outstretched arms <BR> And rapt and upturned eyes." <BR> <BR> "O... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:06:43 EST RECALL NOTICE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617444 ~Author Unknown~ <BR> <BR> <BR> The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been identified as "Subsequential Internal Non-morality," more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:53:10 EST Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591474 Why do bad things happen to good people? That's been the question from many people and the source of numerous articles and books. It's a good question. If God didn't "zap" a person, why did He allow it? Why did a drunk driver kill practically a whole family, leaving only a small child behind? Why didn't God stop a person from abusing or molesting a child? Honestly, I'm sitting here typing with my eyes closed (my stance so that I can type what God wants me to type), trying to think of ho... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:05:57 EST I Am Going to Brag!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588687 This might not be polite, but my aunt always said that "If you don't toot your own horn, it won't get tooted." So, here goes a whole symphony!! <BR> <BR> Now granted this is not much and probably nothing to most people, but yesterday, with my new SparkTracker attached, I decided that I'd try to walk in the house non-stop for 10 minutes. (Inside because I wouldn't dare try outside.) You have to have 10 continuous minutes of movement for it to be considered "exercise." So, off I went, walk... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:15:15 EST READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO LAUGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583621 OK, sometimes I can be a little "off." Now is one of them. Let me explain. I went into a DEEP sleep and woke up at 6:40. My husband's first day back at the university is on Monday for a meeting at 8:30. When I saw that he was up, I staggered into the living room. He said that he was reading the proposal that he's working on for the last time, so I said, "No problem," and went back to bed. I texted my daughter saying that I was up, that we could talk on her way to work. I sent welcomes... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:00:54 EST "Welcome Packet" for New Members: Tips for Using SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576212 I joined SP on May 21, 2013. I found it very confusing as to what to do next. I hope that these links make it a little easier to navigate this excellent resource to become healthier. So, here are some tips: <BR> <BR> NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS <BR> <BR> 1. New Member Welcome Guide <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_star<BR>ted_step1.asp </link> <BR> <BR> 2. It is also good to go to Articles/Videos--SparkDiet. You'll get a better understanding of the SparkPeople program... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:29:16 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573319 I wanted to share 2 "victories." First, we went to the zoo today. When we went there about 6 months ago, I rode the little train that goes around the zoo. I was so embarrassed. I nearly killed myself trying to get on and then off of it. It was my size, but mostly, it was my leg strength (or the lack thereof). Anyway, I got on and off of it with relative ease today. <BR> <BR> My other victory is that I finally got around to taking up my pants. I knew that they were getting big, but I d... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:40:01 EST BIG MUD PUDDLES AND YELLOW DANDELIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573316 When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on. <BR> <BR> When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back. <BR> <BR> When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids fe... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:24:14 EST Availability vs. Ability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563714 In case there's anyone reading this who is questioning (or as I like to put it wondering) God about something she thinks God is calling her to do, I want to write about Availability vs. Ability. We've probably all been there. Why should I play the piano for church. I'm not that good. I won't even tell anyone I can play so that I won't be embarrassed. Pride rears it's ugly head. Or, me??? Teach a Sunday School class? I'm not smart enough. What if I make a fool of myself? What if someo... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:26:42 EST My Emergency Room Fiasco! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559363 So, I've had a lot going on lately. Infusion on Monday, dr. visit on Tuesday, colonoscopy on Thursday. The dr. was going to check that and then my gall bladder next week. My right side under the ribs had been bothering me, but after the colonoscopy, it really hurt. On Friday, it would really hurt if I tried to stand up straight or take a deep breath. So, I went to the ER last night at 6:30 p.m. I had never been to that hospital, but I was NOT impressed. Unfortunately, I can say that I'... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:24:53 EST P.U.S.H. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551003 When everything seems to go wrong Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When the job gets you down Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When people don't do as you think they should Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When your money is gone and the bills are due Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When you are depressed Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When you are having marital problems Just P.U.S.H. <BR> When you are having trouble with addictions Just P.... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:36:26 EST Thanksgiving Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275163223.jpg"> <BR> The date of what is typically recognized as the first Thanksgiving occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621, a year after their arrival in the new world. Fifty-two Pilgrims and approximately 90 Native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving. According to Edward Winslow, a participant in the first Thanksgiving, the feast consisted of corn, barley, fowl including wild turkeys and waterfowl, and venison. It w... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:43:42 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547994 The Rest of the Story <BR> <BR> We left with Jonah sitting under his little vine having a pity party. Then, God sent a worm to kill the vine. Again, Jonah was so upset that his vine died that he wanted to die! (And I thought that I what crazy when I had PMS to the max one time and cried when my sweet potato vine died!) God rebuked Jonah by asking him, "Do you really care more about a vine that you didn't even do anything to get than you do a whole city full of people? <BR> <BR> Why do y... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:00:17 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546497 We have a tendency to stop with Jonah’s story at the point when he went to Nineveh, the people repented, and the city was saved, but there’s still a lot more that we can learn from Jonah. It’s hard to imagine that after Jonah’s “time out” and leading one of the largest revivals in history that he would act like a two year old. But, that's what he did. He should have been on Cloud 9, but instead he was so depressed that he wanted to die! He had anger toward God (Jonah 4:1) and self-pit... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:59:55 EST This has been a hard week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542293 I've had a challenging week. Monday was an all afternoon doctor day. There should be a law about having to wait that long! Anyway, the doctor wants me to recheck my thyroid with my primary care doctor since that didn't seem to be the right "level." I was fortunate to get an appointment for Monday. <BR> <BR> I kept Hannah Tuesday-Friday. She is normally such a happy girl, but she was not this week. She had had her adenoids removed last Friday and tubes put into her ears. I guess she wa... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:51:02 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression--9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535298 If Jonah were alive today, we would diagnose him with depression and probably suffering from Post Traumatic Stress syndrome. After receiving God's call to go and preach to Nineveh, he tried to run from his calling and from God. In essence, Jonah resigned from the ministry! As long as things were going good for him, Jonah did great. It was not too difficult to preach what everyone wanted to hear. Jonah lacked faith in God's ability to protect him and he (Jonah) had judged the Ninevites an... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:21:43 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 8 (How I "Conquered" Depression" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533435 <BR> Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 8 <BR> <BR> Notice Jonah’s reaction. I tried to word his dialogue to reflect the stages of grief. Any time we’re going through a trying time (death, chronic or terminal illness, job loss, etc.), we go through these stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You may switch Stages 2-4 around or even repeat them before finally getting to the last stage of acceptance. <BR> <BR> To help me get out of my depression, my counselor ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 23:46:04 EST BANK ACCOUNT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532512 My cousin sent me this story, and I thought that it was worth sharing. I don't know the source. This is AWESOME ... something we should all remember. <BR> <BR> A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed <BR> each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and <BR> shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. <BR> <BR> His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. <BR> After many hour... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 00:45:08 EST Whale or Fish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531375 Some people get upset if a child says “Jonah and the Whale” because they think we have taught them incorrectly—that it should be a fish. Actually, the Hebrew word dag can be translated as large fish or whale. When the Bible was translated, a whale was the largest known “fish.” Imagine an animal that has a tongue that weighs more than most cars, a heart as big as a Volkswagen Beetle and whose heartbeat can be heard 2 miles away, blood vessels so large that a baby could crawl through them, i... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:02:09 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528807 I'm sorry that it's taken a while for me to get back to writing about Jonah and his depression. If you will recall, you are putting yourself in Jonah's "shoes" so that you can identify with the story more Jonah (you) has just been swallowed by the great fish. Remember, I am using literary license to create Jonah's dialog. Please notice his stages of grief that he goes through. We'll talk about these stages more a little later. <BR> <BR> Jonah (you) is thinking and talking to himself: ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 00:16:31 EST What's in a Name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525073 I learned something in church today. We started a revival and the evangelist spoke about Enoch. Genesis 5: 21-31 says: When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. 25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became th... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:22:32 EST Bible Character Who Suffered From Depression: Jonah--1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523075 The book of Jonah was written about 760 B.C. Jonah was one of God's prophets during the period of the Divided Kingdom. His ministry was to the Ten Northern Tribes called Israel. He was the son of the prophet Amittai. He was probably popular because he had revealed to the people that it was God's will to allow Israel to add many territories to their borders. <BR> <BR> To summarize the bible story, God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell the people that God was going to destroy their c... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:28:35 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827009085.jpg"> <BR> The Bible explains the process of making us into the “spittin” image of God with the analogy of refining silver. I found the following explanation about the process of refining silver: <BR> <BR> There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter 3, they came across verse 3 which says: <BR> "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver..." <BR> <BR> This verse puzzled... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:57:40 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression-- 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520738 Yes, God will get us through a difficult situation. We all know this, but……Have you ever asked the following questions to yourself? I’m a Christian; I know that God is in control, so why do I feel this way? What am I going to do? Why is this happening? Why do I feel like this? I’m getting on my own nerves! Have you ever visualized your life as a runaway train moving quickly toward a cliff? You feel like there will be a “crash” with utter destruction, but you can’t stop it. Have you... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:35:07 EST I'm Determined to do Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518601 I had been doing "OK" in the exercise department, but I've been bad about making excuses for the past 2 weeks. And, they aren't even good excuses. I mean, if my ankle's really hurting...OK. I'm tired, but no more tired than usual. I KNOW that after I exercise I feel better, so why do I make excuses. I can even tell that I'm weaker that I was just because I wasn't exercising like I should be doing. Now let me explain...by exercising, I don't mean running a 50 mile marathon. I mean doing... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:19:10 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression--3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517003 After my fall in 2008 that resulted a severe break in my left ankle (2 plates and 11 pins!) and the major downward spiral of my MS, my neurologist sent me to a counselor. The counselor looked at me like I had three heads, and all of them green, when I said, "I know that God is in control. I know there is a reason for my MS, my depression, and my disability." I truly felt and feel that way. I remember sitting in my wheelchair in my kitchen crying, praying that I'd overcome my depression. Th... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:25:29 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression--2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515653 So how would I cope with my situation? I decided that I’d follow the advice of my MS doctor. I’d go to the MS specialist and take the monthly infusions that she recommended. I’d go to a therapist for counseling. I’d continue my physical therapy twice a week for my ankle, even though I had to use a wheelchair to get there. I’d go to a psychiatrist to make sure that all my medications didn’t counteract with each other. I was nervous to go. After all, as a Christian, I should be able to h... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:46:07 EST Trusting God--Conquering Depression--1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513466 I will write a blog on Trusting God--Conquering Depression 3 times a week (at least that's the plan.) I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. I tell about that in a blog entitled " Who Am I? The Lady with MS (My story)." <BR> <BR> I'm going to begin by telling a little about my depression, so that you'll know where I'm "coming from." <BR> <BR> The two most common symptoms of the disease are excessive fatigue and depression. When asked if I was depressed, I did not tell my neuro... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:40:45 EST Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts (New Team) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507379 We have started a new team! I realize that there are many teams, and you might be on several now. But, this team is a little different. Lois (HEISTHEANSWER) approached me last week about forming a team that would help wounded hearts break free to enjoy God's love and freedom. <BR> <BR> Do you need help in breaking free from something? (Weight and fitness issues, difficult childhood, abusive relationship, chronic illness, depression, etc). We want this to be an atmosphere of love where w... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:01:36 EST I have finally reached the 220's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501640 Granted, it's 229 lbs., but it's better than when I started off--in the 250's. I've lost 27 lbs. I'm beginning to feel like I can really do this!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:19:47 EST To My SP Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498915 I am just amazed at how much support I'm getting from you all. I just thought that I'd track my calories and exercise (and I didn't figure that would be too much). It took a couple of weeks for me to get into the teams/blogging, etc. I'm basically a private person, so I started to set my SparkPage to private. But, I decided that I wouldn't and I'd just see what happened. I am SO glad that I did. I am so pleased with the teams that I'm on. I hope that I've been an encouragement to you. ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:15:48 EST Who Am I? The Lady with MS (My story) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498128 Several of my SP friends have asked me about my MS, so I thought that I'd share "My MS Story" that I wrote a few years back: <BR> <BR> ****** <BR> <BR> Using my walker, I slowly made my way to the front door. A woman who was delivering supper for my family asked, “Are you the lady with MS?” I answered, “Yes.” After she left, I went back into the bedroom, fell on the bed, and cried. I did not want to have MS (multiple sclerosis). I did not want to be 40 years old and not be able to... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:01:31 EST My Non Scale Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497366 The other day on Spark Coach, they suggested that I figure out my NSV (non scale victories). In other words, assess my energy level, quality of sleep, how many inches I've lost , etc. <BR> <BR> I started SP on May 20, 2013. I have not missed a single day signing in and logging in my nutrition, fitness,, and other goals. It took me a while to sort of figure out the site and how to get SparkPoints. Since then, I've tried to read articles, watch videos, huddle, and read my friends' blogs. ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:30:47 EST The Scale FINALLY moved!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477206 I was beginning to think that the only way it would move would be for me to pick it up and throw it out the window!!! lol After being basically stuck for 3 weeks, the scale finally moved down TWO lbs. I was seeing other non-scale successes, but I feel better now. I've lost a total of 21.5 lbs.!!! I've got a long way to go, but at least I'm headed in the right direction. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:02:16 EST My Husband Was Right!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472062 Don't you just hate when that happens??? <em>211</em> This week I have been reading about exercise. I was thinking that maybe that's why I'm in a plateau. What I know about the subject could fit on a pin head--with room to spare! Anyway, I read that I'm supposed to be doing cardio and strength training. I looked up what heart rate I'm suppose to have for cardio. They said to start out slowly. So, the guide I used on SP said that I'm suppose to have 55% of my heart beat range (I'm pr... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:56:12 EST Turning Over a New Leaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468357 It might not be exactly turning over a new leaf, but I'm tired of this plateau (and my attitude about the scale not moving). So, today I decided that I'd change 3 things: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Instead of doing what I had been doing which was either to ride my bike or some other kind of exercise (usually chair) that I'd do both. My goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. It had been 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Also, I've decided to really weigh and measure my foods. I had b... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:49:55 EST My 56th Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465329 I had a great day today. My husband, daughter, granddaughter, and I (along with my sister-in-law and her grandchildren) went to the circus. Hannah loved it. She's 18 months old, but she took it all in. Angela got some good pictures with Hannah being in awe of the sites. Personally, I was absolutely amazed with the high wire acts. I can't even balance on land!!! Then, we all went to lunch. Yes, I splurged and age a large sandwich and way too many calories, but by the end of the day, I ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:37:50 EST Three Month Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463629 I didn't realize until today that yesterday was my three month Sparkversary. Today, when I logged in to SparkCoach, it said that I had completed the 90 "beginning program," and that I needed to click on the choice to continue on to the 28 day "Plateau Busting SparkCoach program." I couldn't select the continue button fast enough. I must have missed the explanation that there are different programs. I just assumed that I'd go trucking along in the same "program" until I finished. This is ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:49:30 EST