HAPPYDOES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYDOES HAPPYDOES'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/ Loving VS Hating My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938456 As far back as I can remember, I have hated my body. <BR> I remember being shamed throughout my life, even from the time I was little girl, for being fat. My mother's sister told her, "I would rather clothe your family than feed them." <BR> <BR> So all my life I have looked in the mirror (or avoided them) and hated my body. I even hated my body when I was anorexic and bulimic, although I do remember how good it felt to finally be thin, except that there was a constant over-riding fear. (When... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:53:13 EST Learning to breathe and focus on now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937498 Yesterday was a yucky day. Just a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that has me stressed, and this morning, I awoke around 4:30AM with this overwhelming sense of loss and dread. <BR> <BR> I tried to go back to sleep but the longer I lay in bed, the worse it got. So I got up and went into the living room and just sat down and began to focus on one single moment at a time. I listened to my breathing and felt the tension in my body. I noticed a big knot centered in my gut, but as I sat th... Sun, 31 May 2015 21:36:48 EST Kicking and Screaming, Silently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936711 Bear with me, please. <BR> I just need to get some thoughts out of my head. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting at my laptop in a composed, silent manner and no one sitting near me has any idea what I'm feeling inside as I type because it doesn't show on the outside. <BR> <BR> To begin with, I hate the thing SP has started doing of automatically adding our calories burned to our daily calorie range in our nutrition trackers. Just about the time I figure out how to eat to lose w... Sat, 30 May 2015 10:15:32 EST 05/27/15: P.A.W.S.E. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935428 Plan: <BR> <BR> Stay within calorie range: more specifically, raise calorie intake to at least 1500 calories to try to make my body release weight. <BR> <BR> No sugar. (Watch Fed Up documentary again.) <BR> <BR> Walk 30 minutes each day plus Tiger weekday challenges. Include strength training on the days it is not included with the Tigers. <BR> <BR> Drink 14 c. water daily. <BR> <BR> At least 5 freggies. <BR> <BR> Sodium Goal: 1500 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Act: <BR> <BR> Exercise first t... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:47:30 EST Flooding in Central Texas today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933463 Last night, the Blanco River in Hays county began to rise. In fact, according to what I read, the river rose 9 feet in 15 minutes, and 33 feet in 3 hours! Many people are stranded on their roofs or in their attics and are being rescued by helicopter. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her family was supposed to be moving into an apartment this week, but that apartment is now under water. I am so grateful that they were not in the apartment when it flooded or this could have been a tragedy instead of... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:39:42 EST 05/24/2015: My plan isn't working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933345 So far I've had a great start in BLC28, but I am suffering. <BR> <BR> This level of fitness and my food plan is not one I think I can sustain for life, so I need to either figure out what I can add into my menus that will give me more calories and yet not too much more fat or sodium, or I need to back off on the fitness minutes a bit. <BR> <BR> I'm not sleeping well, and this morning I just feel wrung out, stressed to the point of wanting to have a good cry, and sick to my stomach. (There ... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:51:14 EST 05/20/2015: P.A.W.S.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931517 <em>241</em> P (Plan)- <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Thursday: <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Breakfast <BR> Milk, nonfat, 1 cup <BR> Banana, fresh, 1 extra small (less than 6" long) <BR> True Nutrition Complete Milk Dairy Isolate (1 scoop=30g=1 serv), 1 serving <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 275 <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> CotS Chunk Light Tuna in Oil (1/4c=1serv.), 1 serving <BR> Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 medium whole (2-3/5" dia) <BR> Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing. 2 Tbsp, 1 serving <BR> Spinach, fresh, 2... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:23:05 EST My Reasons To Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931299 Today, on my start page, I saw an article about reasons to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1) To FINALLY win this battle!!! <BR> 2) Feel the “wow!” at the end of a workout <BR> 3) Feel the inner joy at the end of the day <BR> 4) Fit into that red coat! <BR> 5) To not lose muscle <BR> 6) To not regain weight I’ve worked so hard to shed <BR> 7) Keep learning what works for me, and building on that knowledge <BR> 8) To KNOW that I can do this! <BR> 9) Help my hus... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:48:11 EST 05/19/15 Evaluation and Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931017 Today, I had a LOT more cardio planned but quite frankly, I simply wasn't up to it. I did 42 minutes of walking up and down hills on gravel (hiking?) and called it a day. I felt really sick afterward and just needed another rest day. I feel much better this evening. <BR> <BR> I need to eat more if I'm going to do this level of fitness each week. So tomorrow will be spent trying to find new ways to add a few more calories. <BR> <BR> Also, I forgot to do the fitness test for BLC28 this week s... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:13:26 EST 05/18/15 Evaluation and Adjustments to Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930421 I woke up at 3:30 this morning and again, I was wide awake until about 6AM. I went back to bed and slept until 9AM. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is waking me up so early and keeping me awake for so long, but it put me behind in my schedule for today. Thus I didn't get all my walking in that I planned. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I got some important sewing in this afternoon, and I also managed to do the weekday challenge as well as the WEC. <BR> <BR> So, The plan for tomorrow is to slee... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:42:58 EST Stars for Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929834 Here is my list of rewards for losing weight, getting fit, and living healthy: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Earn a star for every item I check off my daily plan. <BR> <BR> 100 stars = 1 small reward <BR> 1000 stars = 1 medium reward <BR> 10,000 stars = 1 large reward <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Small: <BR> *Take a bubble bath <BR> *1 TV episode <BR> *30 minutes on Pinterest <BR> *30 minutes to design Chicken Scratch <BR> *30 minutes of needlework (outside, if the weather is nice) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:32:48 EST 05/16/15: Today's evaluation and adjustments for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929386 Today I felt absolutely wrung out so I took a day of rest. <BR> <BR> I don't think I have been eating enough calories, so I might add one more snack during the day if I can find the time for it. I'm trying to keep my carb count to around 40 for each meal except breakfast (30) in order to lower my glucose blood work (A1C) to a normal level and keep it there. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm trying to keep my sodium levels around 1500mg/day, so trying to balance all this stuff and get enough calories is d... Sun, 17 May 2015 00:27:07 EST WEC : 05/15/15 - 05/18/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928502 May 15th: <BR> <BR> <em>241</em> #1-Define and blog your goals for this round...short, mid, and long term! Make the S.M.A.R.T.---Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely! <BR> <BR> Short Term: <BR> * Establish a group of menus that I can use over and over to help me reach my goals, and build a master grocery list by May 31st. <BR> * Practice my mantra daily until it becomes automatic: "Trust the process." <BR> * Establish a good bedtime routine by DOING it every day. <BR... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:23:36 EST Today's evaluation and planned adjustments for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928347 I am struggling to get everything done during the day in time to be in bed by 9PM. <BR> <BR> I overslept this morning and I was also having back pain from yesterday's workout. I put on my TENS unit and wore it all day, even when working out. That helped a lot. I'll sleep with it on tonight, although I'll turn it off before I go to sleep so the battery doesn't run down. <BR> <BR> Because I slept later than planned, and because of the pain and stiffness in my back, I didn't get moving or eati... Thu, 14 May 2015 23:15:54 EST Practicing my PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927712 P.A.W.S.E. – May 13, 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> P (Plan)- <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Food: <BR> Breakfast- Skim-Banana-Protein Shake + 1 T. Blood Orange Olive Oil (after exercise) (30 carbs) <BR> Snack: Apple & PB w/ 1T. bran (21 carbs) <BR> Lunch: Spinach-Romaine-Mandarin Orange-Almond- Chicken Salad w/ Lite Asian Salad Dressing (15 carbs) <BR> Snack: Breakstone’s 2% Low Sodium Cottage Cheese & ½ c. peaches in extra lite syrup(rinsed)(21 carbs) <BR> Dinner: 2 slices Double Fiber Bread, 2 c... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:06:58 EST I'm trying to envision my life as it could be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923509 I was reading this article on my start page this morning about writing a weight loss vision statement. Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=695&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been able to imagine what my weight loss effort looks like by imagining that I am rock climber and every tiny choice of food and drink, exercise, and sleep is essentially about where to place my hand or foot as I climb closer to my goal. <BR> <BR> And I have ... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:18:01 EST Visualizing Success (One Choice At A Time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921807 I have mentioned before that I am reading a great book titled The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The cover would cause one to think that it is about financial success and might also cause one who is trying to lose weight and become healthy to just pass it by on the shelf. In truth, it is about financial success, but it is also about success in every area of life. <BR> <BR> I have learned a TON about achieving success by reading this one, relatively short book. It has changed my entire perception... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:39:49 EST Goals, Reasons, and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921184 (This blog will be edited as I make changes to my plan.) <BR> <BR> DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> (May 2, 2015 - Dec. 16, 2016 = 594 days or 84 weeks and 6 days. Therefore, I must lose 1.09 pounds/week to meet deadline.) <BR> <BR> (Dec. 16th is about halfway through December and gives me a chance to find/buy my reward: that red coat I've been wanting for years!)(I may buy it early---about 5-10 pounds before I reach my goal, just to make sure it doesn't sell out. I just won't wear i... Sat, 2 May 2015 07:51:12 EST Gearing Up for BLC28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919701 BLC28 is almost here! (May 12th) Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I have been SO out of the groove since I fell out of BLC27 due to medical issues. <BR> <BR> I've been reading a good book called "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. It seems to be mostly common sense, but it is good to be reminded of things, to have them put in an order that builds on one another, and uses words in a different way than I've used before. (if that makes sense) <BR> <BR> I had almost given up on losing weight and trying to get fi... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:15:38 EST I'd rather pay for SparkPeople than... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914048 I hate ads. Period. <BR> <BR> I'd rather pay for SparkPeople than deal with these constant ads that attach themselves to my IP address and use up data that is precious to me. Now that our internet provider has begun limiting the amount of data we can use per month, this is even more of a concern. If my family and I go over our monthly data allotment, not only do we have to pay for it, but our internet service is disconnected until the payment is made. <BR> <BR> I truly enjoy the Biggest Los... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:33:41 EST SparkPeople's Nutirition Tracker has one particular flaw, and I HATE that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907004 As you know, I hate rants, therefore I will just say this: <BR> <BR> I HATE NOT BEING ABLE TO TRACK SUGARS ON SPARKPEOPLE! <BR> <BR> (Since nutrition labels have sugar content, SparkPeople's Nutrition tracker should allow us to track it, specifically because science is showing how damaging sugar is to our bodies!) Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:34:59 EST My "rant" about Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892335 I don't like rants. <BR> Furthermore, I really don't like to be the one ranting. <BR> Therefore, I will just simply say this: <BR> <BR> i DESPISE Fibromyalgia because it causes me to want to give up. <BR> <BR> (I thought I should come back and at least give the reason that I despise Fibro.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:53:33 EST HappyDoes: A HAPPY NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842875 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484080030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I pray that 2015 will overwhelm you and your family with blessings, and that you will have the best year ever. May you be filled with peace, joy, hope, and love throughout all the days of this new year! <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:24:52 EST blank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842874 * Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:24:51 EST Why I Like To Track My Food and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840549 A few years ago, a nutritionist introduced me to food tracking. At the time, my food choices were horrible! The truth is, on occasion they still are. <BR> <BR> At first, I didn't WANT to track my food. I didn't want to measure it out OR write it down. In truth, it felt too much like the strictness I endured during my years of eating disorders. However, over time I have discovered that I really do ENJOY tracking my food (and fitness) because it gives me valuable information that I can use co... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:51:04 EST My Strategy To Fight Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839822 It's Winter again. <BR> <BR> I struggle against Winter. No, actually I have a fight with it, and some years this fight is worse than others. <BR> <BR> It looks as though this year is going to be one of those years where the fight is intense. <BR> <BR> You see, part of my experience with Winter is that it brings with it various degrees of depression and pain, thanks to Fibromyalgia. This year, the depression and pain are worse than last year. My entire body feels like one big, black bruise,... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:55:16 EST Some possible goals for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836547 I'm sitting here tonight in my living room, listening to Christmas songs on the radio. <BR> <BR> Sigh. (enough said) <BR> <BR> So I thought I would divert my attention and write down some POSSIBLE goals for 2015. <BR> <BR> 1) Read one book per month <BR> 2) Spend 3 hours per week discovering and putting together my "senior citizen" style. I promise myself to be the very best I can be during my "golden" years. :) <BR> 3) Spend 2-3 hours per week on art (watercolors, drawing, collage, callig... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:19:45 EST BLC26 - Good Fun, Good Friends, Good Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829938 Twelve weeks ago, BLC26 began and I got to be a part of it. <BR> <BR> The Blue Lion Trackers welcomed me to their team, and at first all the chatter was intimidating. But within a week or so, I was chatting right along with the others, and we were becoming fast friends. The ladies on that team of very encouraging and supportive as well as helpful when I ran into trouble. <BR> <BR> What I really liked about BLC26 was the all the ways we were encouraged to stay on track with our food and fitn... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:03:44 EST Working on a new "virtual" walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829789 There are couple of places I'd like to go for my new virtual walk: <BR> 1) Fallingwater, as mentioned before, about 90 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. <BR> 2) Art Prize 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan. <BR> <BR> Fallingwater is 798 miles from my house. <BR> <BR> Art Prize is 620 miles from my house. <BR> <BR> As of today (3:14 PM), I have walked 192. 86 miles. <BR> <BR> So, I still have to walk 605.14 miles to Fallingwater, and 427.14 miles to Art Prize 2015. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:21:37 EST The Perfect Storm: Oct. 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798332 Well, I'm sort of laughing right now to keep from being extremely disappointed in myself. But at the same time, I think I am having a really incredible experience during the BLC26. <BR> <BR> For the first time in decades I am focused on my weight loss program, and when I run into obstacles, failures, and today, a perfect storm, I have the clarity of mind to realize how fortunate I am to be able to fail so completely and yet take it as a blessing in my journey toward health and fitness. <BR> ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:47:03 EST Thank You, SparkPeople! Because of you, I know I'm going to succeed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796404 I joined SparkPeople on March 31, 2013. I was excited about this website and all that it had to offer, and I was like a kid in a candy shop or a Christmas wonderland, reading everything I could, joining many Spark teams and earning Spark points like nobody's business. <BR> <BR> Soon, I found that I was overwhelmed because I had joined too many teams, had added so many Sparkfriends that I couldn't keep up with them, and just felt stressed out. <BR> <BR> I have a history of eating disorder (a... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:11:03 EST Live and Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796114 I have not been eating enough calories. <BR> Since I started the BLC26 I have eaten on average, 1000 calories per day. I think eating so few has been causing my weight loss each week to decrease and it has also caused me to lose energy, being very tired every day. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I decided to focus on my calories this week to try to increase them without freaking out about how much I eat and to also learn how to eat more than just "safe" foods (plain veggies without any sauce, salads w... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:09:50 EST My "Rebellion Day" and what I learned from it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795435 I took a several-month hiatus from SP after I hurt my knee last Autumn. Since I've been back, I have lost a little over 10 pounds by building accountability into my weight loss program. As I said in my last blog, I made my fitness and food trackers public, bought a Spark Activity Tracker (SPAT) <em>543</em> , and joined the BLC26. <BR> <BR> So everything was going fine until yesterday at lunch. I had eaten a serving of old fashioned oats with cinnamon and SF Mrs. Butterworth's syrup for b... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:00:46 EST The 3 Best things I've done on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791240 I've been a member of SP for a while now and I took a several month hiatus in the Autumn of 2013 after I injured my knee. <BR> <BR> This time around I decided to do things right while I'm here. <BR> <BR> The two best things I have done this time around are these: <BR> <BR> 1) I bought a Spark People Activity Tracker <BR> <BR> Why is it one of the best things I've done? It is because the SPAT causes me to challenge myself, something I haven't done in years. Each day I do all I can to reac... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:10:32 EST BLC26: My One Dozen Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785865 BLC26 has begun. <BR> <BR> What are my expectations? <BR> <BR> I expect... <BR> <BR> 1) ...to be challenged with fitness routines I don't presently include in my weight loss program. <BR> <BR> 2) ....to learn new ways to motivate myself and others to push beyond our excuses and to know that we are stronger and more capable than we think we are. <BR> <BR> 3) ...to finally be consistently accountable and responsible for my weight loss and to finally stop making excuses. <BR> <BR> 4) ...to... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:48:23 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578092 Happy New Year, everybody! <BR> <BR> My New Year Resolution is to not look back but to just keep going forward. No beating myself up if I don't reach a goal or do something wrong. <BR> <BR> May this year be filled with all good things and much joy and peace for each one of you. <BR> <BR> Here's to the worthy fight in 2014! <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:54:36 EST Weight Over Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563135 Hmph! <BR> I just looked at my weight over time report. <BR> <BR> My weight has pretty much waffled back and forth or gone up since the week my husband had the heart attack. <BR> <BR> I've got to do better than this. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:40:26 EST Another Goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517893 I absolutely am fascinated with the Arts. I enjoy going to the theater to see live performances of plays, symphonies, and choirs, as well as special performances that are welcomed to the various venues that I like to frequent. <BR> <BR> I have wanted to become a patron of these theaters and concert halls for quite some time. <BR> Now, I think I will actually begin to work toward becoming a patron in deed. <BR> <BR> I want to donate $1000 to the college near me sometime in the next year so... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:46:59 EST How I do a virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515552 Several people have asked how I do my virtual walks and have requested a blog about it. <BR> <BR> Here is the answer to your questions, my friends. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 1) I choose a place that I want to see in person and Google it to find out the address. <BR> <BR> 2) I enter the address into Google Maps along with my own address to find out how far it is from my house. <BR> <BR> 3) I begin to walk either on the roads near my house or on a treadmill at the gym and enter my mileage ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:31:28 EST My NEXT virtual walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513694 My first walk was to Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas (207 miles). <BR> My NEXT walk will be to Fallingwater, WV (796 miles). <BR> My daughter, who lives in Maine is also going to do the walk with me. We have decided to walk and bicycle during this trek. Then, when we complete the mileage, we plan to meet at Fallingwater for a sunset tour of the house. We will get to see the house by daylight, and when the sun goes down, we will also get to see it all lit up as well as having hors d'oeuvres on a te... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:36:35 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513684 <em>248</em> I finally finished my 207-mile walk to Subiaco Abbey. <em>198</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today I walked the last 7.85 miles in my virtual walk to Subiaco. I was making great time this morning until I got pulled over by the cops. It seems that someone called in a false report that I was walking down the middle of the highway during the time when people were rushing to get to work. The caller said that they had driven slowly alongside me to make sure I wa... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:26:18 EST If I could live my life over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510759 If I could live my life over, I would have: <BR> <BR> *practiced memorization by memorizing passages from the Bible and other books. <BR> <BR> *been more kind, volunteered regularly, and made gratitude and love my way of life. <BR> <BR> *never spoken negatively about anyone, and instead would have made it my practice to see only the good in others. <BR> <BR> *never complained about anything. <BR> <BR> *lived more simply with less things. <BR> <BR> *never become a consumer. <BR> <BR> *t... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:39:25 EST Lesson Learned: Never Judge Your Progress By The Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502346 I have been a bit discouraged by the fact that I have been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds or so for the past 4 months. Even though I am down approximately 20 pounds (give or take water weight gain), I got quite a surprise yesterday! <BR> <BR> I had a funeral to go to and so I went to my closet to try to find something to wear. Everything was too big, so I went shopping. <BR> <BR> When I got to the store, I started with the size I thought I might need but it was too big. So I went to ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:21:59 EST Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494199 I am a spontaneous kind of person...a free spirit, if you will. To live my life by routine is something that goes against my grain. <BR> <BR> That said, I do have habits...mostly bad ones. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I have been reading a book about habits and how to break bad ones and create good ones. It is all about prompts, routines, and rewards. Sometimes all it takes to break a bad habit is to change one thing in the habit's prompt or routine. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> One of my bad habits i... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:29:33 EST The Funny Pages pt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491985 I came across this photo on Yahoo today. It is hilarious and yet frightening at the same time. The good news is that the baby wasn't hurt in the tumble from his mom's arms. <BR> <BR> The Steve Cramer family, of Castle Rock, Colorado, now looks back on this moment as a perfect summation of parenthood. <BR> <BR> Take a look... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l502163660.jpg"> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:41:27 EST Gratitude: Precious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491508 Precious: <BR> 1) priceless, invaluable, <BR> 2) highly esteemed for some spiritual, non-material, or moral quality: precious memories. (taken from Random House Dictionary) <BR> <BR> I have been studying gratitude for some time now, and lately I have been reading a book titled "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life" by M.J. Ryan. Today I was thinking about what I consider to be precious in my life for which I can give thanks and show gratitude. <BR> <BR... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:30:31 EST About two weeks to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473381 As some of you know, I have been doing a virtual walk to Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. <BR> When I found the "Where are YOU walking to?" sparkteam shortly after I arrived her at SparkPeople, I had only been walking on a regular basis for maybe a couple of weeks. I hadn't done this for twelve years since the Fibromyalgia diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Now, because of the external motivation and support I found here at SparkPeople, I am finding new intrinsic motivation to take care of my body---s... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:44:33 EST still a struggle for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458142 I am still struggling, even after 12 weeks in the BL Sun-sational Summer Challenge, to eat enough calories. <BR> <BR> I am taking some medicine right now for my Fibromyalgia that makes me a bit nauseated, and I'm sure the iron tablets don't help that a bit. I also have no appetite when I get up in the morning until around 12PM-2PM, therefore, I struggle to reach my caloric goals for the day, unless I eat something that is rather rich in calories. I don't like doing that because it makes me f... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:24:54 EST browsing: what I found today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457491 When I sit down to rest, I like to grab my laptop and browse the web...usually things like interior decorating, travel, looking for things for my spark page, or things that make me smile or laugh. <BR> <BR> Today I found a couple of things that I really enjoyed reading and seeing. <BR> <BR> The first is a blog called "Roses and Rust." I may be browsing this one blog for many days. It will probably become one of my favorites. <BR> Here is the link to one of the posts she added recently. It's... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:10:46 EST what the...??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450946 I don't get it. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight since I got here, and I've lost almost nine inches as well, five of them from my hips. (Maybe that's the problem...it's coming off my hips instead of my belly). <BR> <BR> (Edit: No, I was wrong. I have actually lost a total of 15 1/4 inches.) <BR> <BR> I just took my measurements and calculated my waist to hip ratio, and my % of body fat is 13.5% higher than when I started! <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> (sigh) <BR> <... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:15:03 EST