HAWTGRANNY2014's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAWTGRANNY2014 HAWTGRANNY2014'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/ No pot of gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240014 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/984d13e7-b44c-4567-8584-87b1c33d4cfc.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b349d03-10b9-4b20-9b81-3dfbc41c1181.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e60e662d-0eed-4348-82ab-253fa1046ff6.jpg"> Well I thought we would be eating at restraunts but they are stopping at fast food and pizza places and I let myself get carried away. Hopefully I can pull myself back together and get back on track. We saw somethi... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:37:52 EST A week of vacation, can I make it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238062 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d0a095d-f444-4036-9732-14b7da309154.jpg"> <BR> Vacation,a time of resting,heck, no. My daughter and sil have a lot of plans lol. Eating good? Hope so but will be in restraunts. We will see. I should be able to get in some walking. When I get back will need strength exercises for sure. Hopefully the motels will all have internet so I can chat. Keep it going and moving. Have some fun . Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:15:28 EST my smart goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231868 WHO: Who will be involved in helping you reach your goal (including yourself)? Me, my family, groovy geckos, and friend Kat <BR> <BR> • WHAT: What exact goal do you want to accomplish? Be very specific. Rather than "lose weight" or "get fit," define those terms: "I will lose 25 pounds," or "I will be able to run a 5K." <BR> 1. I will be able to walk 10000 steps every day <BR> 2. will lose 25 more pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> • WHEN: When will you start and when will you reach your goal? <BR> ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:46:42 EST turn on your power..make the choice to do it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226159 Smile, laugh and turn on that power. Inside of all of us we have the power to do what we want...to change our bodies and to make it our life. We all have been through sickness,, cravings and just plain tiredness. sometimes we feel so tired we think we just can't get out of bed...but is it tiredness, boredom or depression. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I just want to pretend that I am healthy the way I am...boy did that backfire. I had an infection surgery that they cut me from one side of my bod... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:26:51 EST So many times I cried and said I can't do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225260 its raining and it reminds me of how many times I sat and cried because I lost faith in myself. I let that trigger food get to me. I let life push me down and felt that I just could not go on. I felt alone and scared. Especially when I was sick with my cancers. Even though I had family around me , I thought they don't understand that I just can't control my craving for sugar. <BR> Oh it still rears its ugly head off and on, and I still slip sometimes but this is my life and I am the one... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:24:58 EST earn that time sitting on the computer or in front of the t.v. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224200 I was a couch potato either on the computer or t.v. That was last year. Then I decided I had to earn my time on both. You just do 10 min of exercise or walking to earn that hour on either one. That is every hour. You do 10 min. of exercise or walking and then get the hour on the t.v or computer. do this every hour and you will feel so much better. Then after a week do 15 min. each hour. Too much sitting is really bad for you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle<BR>/... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:44:56 EST Stop feeling sorry for yourself..I believe in you..now time for you to do it also http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223406 I am sitting here on the computer thinking about my day. I let it get away from me without even listening to my body. It didn't feel hungry until dinner and that is a mistake because I thought, hmmm, I didn't eat today so why not get a few extra calories...have something good. <BR> <BR> We stopped by Janekes which is a root beer stand and I got 2 chili cheese dogs. Of course I couldn't eat them both at once so I ate one and then about 3 hours later ate the other one. Not a good idea. We ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:25:49 EST When that carb calls your name...kick it back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220781 Today is great and it is a new day to be alive. I am going back on mostly protein for 2 weeks to restart my eating. Carbs call call all they want...my ears are closed. <BR> Going to have protein shake with sugar free butterscotch pudding and pb2( teaspoon of each) and make me a butterfinger shake. Really good lol. <BR> <BR> I have been a little down but time to get up again. Did my strength exercise from my little teams august challenge and feel ready to kick carbs in the seat of its pan... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:38:39 EST I am in trouble and got to get unstuck from the sweet goo of quicksand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220449 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebaf614b-66f4-4e70-9ccf-46a85dfd21d7.jpg"> I sometimes feel like I need a helmet over my mind to block out the pictures....a tape over my mouth to keep the goo from going in and A keeper to lock up the sweets and carbs. Traci made banana bread and chicken and noodles last night. I resisted the chicken and noodles but last night ate a piece of banana bread that led to another one today. Since my surgery in Dec. I have gotten off all diabetes ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:08:13 EST No more excuses, let's do this together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218431 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6c3487d-394b-48a1-aba8-40c12c897f55.jpg">Excuses, excuses. There are a million of them. Here are just a few. <BR> <BR> 1.I will start tomorrow. Why not today? <BR> <BR> 2.This one little bite won't hurt. Doesn't it? Does it lead you to take just one more bite. Heck I already messed up today so why not keep on going. Don't let yourself do this. If you messed up once today just stop and do it. If you slip...do the flip and get back...on tra... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:58:40 EST believe in yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216846 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f97a4c82-fb66-440d-8d7f-409d481506bc.jpg"> I am at 195 and plan to be down to be at 180 in September's end when we go on vacation to get my grandson. That is 15 pounds in about a month. I know I can do it if I keep sugar out of my mouth.we can all do this. You just have to: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:37:31 EST are you using your child as an excuse? supporting or defeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198782 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42707052-f390-44e0-851c-ecc811137790.jpg"> A brownie,sweet,delectable and dangerous? I am a sugar addict and one bite leads to another. Where I live my granddaughter in law bakes,cookies,cupcakes, cakes,brownies every week,usually two or three times a week. Then on other days she makes pudding pops etc. I ate a brownie yesterday and the day before. Why can't she just stop for a. Couple of weeks until I can get it under control . The common... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:05:45 EST It is your choice....I made mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197599 This journey is long and winding. One day we are up and the next bumpy. It is that we have to keep going forward because if we go back,then we have to lose those pounds again. We can lose 20 pounds and gain back 10...and have to lose them again...on. and on. And on or we can keep going forward,getting healthier and smaller and able to do more things..have a better quality of life and enjoy...instead of hiding away and missing out on life. <BR> <BR> You are beautiful...no matter your size... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:10:24 EST Landed in wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3411e765-dbb2-4b53-baed-36d9e8817614.jpg"> I landed in wonderland today. Take that you bunch of flubber! I am not going to let you bounce back either. It was a long journey but oh so worth it. I am back on my two protein shakes a day and that is what busted through. I hope you all keep at it so you can get this great feeling too. I am at 199.today I am flying. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:04:03 EST 87pounds flushed down the drain and then they plugged it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194937 boy I am stuck but doing the 2 protein shakes again to get the drain unplugged. I don't like standing still for long. I go back to the bmi doc the 2o th and want to be down at least another 10 so I need to get plunging. <BR> <BR> get my walking back to 10000 a day <BR> get my protein shakes back to 2 a day to cut away the cravings <BR> get my butt in gear and do my exercises. <BR> <BR> Plunge, plunge, hope to unclog. Weigh in is Saturday. Wish me luck <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:30:16 EST Food is not a crutch and won't make you feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191614 I used to grab food when I was down or felt bad...when I had a bump in the road. Food is not a crutch and won't make you feel better. If you don't feel like cooking...fast food is not the answer...it is an excuse. If life hands you a bump in the road...food will not coat it. <BR> <BR> Sure we need food to survive but we don't need it as the answer to lifes problems. Our emotions will occasionally be down but exercise lifts them...not food. Do you really want that sweet treat to call you... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:45:34 EST The little team that is trying, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190901 We started a little team and it has 4 beautiful members who are trying to succeed. As our little team chugs along the tracks, it picks up speed and waits for those others who need to band together to grow. We are small but fight for our place among so many mighty teams. <BR> <BR> With all beginnings, ideas blossom and continue to grow with more members. So if you would like to see and check it out go to.... but remember we are just starting...so we are few. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeop... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:13:28 EST Today I became a daisy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189262 I started the 5% challenge. Never did it before. I am a determined Daisy. Good one they gave me because I want to fly like a butterfly so now I can flit on the daisy. Take a deep breath today and lets get walking, chair exercising or anything you are allowed to do. If just starting take it easy. If you have been doing it, do a step more. We can do this. <BR> <BR> Losing weight and getting to your healthy weight, not so thin, you float away with the breeze, but healthy weight, ca... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:50:47 EST rollin, rollin, rollin, keep those bodies moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186142 Walking today and it is beautiful. Positive is the word of the day. Get off that tush and move it. If you can't walk do movement in the chair. There are many chair exercises here and on you tube. Lets get it together and ditch that fat. Oh yeah it will try and get you to quit and get saggier and baggier but do you want to let it win! Heck no! Lets beat this thing and give ourselves a body that can do more. Don't let it get you down. You are beautiful the way you are but don't you want ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:43:48 EST Woe is me...a tale of what to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185077 Ok, I know you are there. I know you are reading this. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop with the excuses. Sooner or later you will realize it is you that is ruining your health and not losing weight. I have used that excuse...I don't know why I am not losing. I am doing what I am supposed to and eating healthy. Really? What about that little snack or bite here and there. It counts. How long have you been sitting and watching t.v or playing on the computer. That counts. Get ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:07:05 EST light at the end of the tunnel....kicked them to the curb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c300f516-7a9a-47ed-bc51-1e902fd22b88.jpg"> "The road is long." Boy does the start to that song ring true. I have tried so many diets, pills,etc. And lost then gained. I know how you feel. Every time I read a success story, I thought "why can't I do it, what's wrong with me? Well I am doing it! You can too. Yes I had gastric sleeve surgery but I still have to watch what eat. All those carbs that were my life are now not available to m... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:43:37 EST Lets do this together, and this time win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171848 this is our new small team and we are starting a challenge called Lets do it together. Here is the first day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=31434x66833<BR>x64437004 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9bff83e-1b74-4053-bdf1-47099ead9708.jpg"> taken from google free to use images <BR> <BR> Ever wonder what 5 pounds of fat looks like? It is disgusting. Now imagine that crushing your heart. Why would we... Sat, 28 May 2016 10:13:12 EST not going to let food bring me down this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4710499f-726c-4f38-a8e9-12c1a4903574.jpg"> I have been on diets all my life and they don't work. Lost an elephant here (50 pounds) at least twice and gained it back. You need to change your life and way of eating to make it work. I had my gastric sleeve,most of you know.Dec 15th. Lost 60 pounds in the first 4 months. Then I slowed to a stop when I added veggies and got me frustrated. I ate a pop tart then a week later some cake then last w... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:30:14 EST A new day to be alive, kick don't let the negative break through your walls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167992 Good morning beautiful people. It is a glorious day. We have a day full of life to live. I am going to get in my 10,000 today but it is up to you to rest or move. It is your day. You make it positive or you can let the negative in to ruin it. Lets get positive. <BR> <BR> We are all beautiful and I think half the battle is loving yourself. If you love yourself, you want what is best for you and your body. It is not selfish to make time for you and to make life wonderful. Our family needs us ... Sun, 22 May 2016 08:39:04 EST Fat is a word that should not be heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167046 F orever feeling down <BR> A ccused of eating everything in sight <BR> T ortured because of your size. <BR> <BR> Fat is just a word. You can say it or write it or just ignore it. It makes us depressed, sometimes ill and feeling worthless. People who don't know what it feels like sometimes make fun of those who are large. Don't let it get to you...take it down. Make it go away...fat is not a thing that is conducive to our health. It eats away at our body and brings it down. <BR> Get rid o... Fri, 20 May 2016 15:13:15 EST leaders are people too..transforming your mind to believe in you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166980 Maybe as a leader we are expected to know things and be role models....only thing is we are human. Maybe some leaders have accomplished amazing things and can live up to that...but not me. I have lost over 80 pounds but 63 of that was from bmi gastric sleeve surgery. I am like you fighting every day to lose and keep off those pounds. <BR> <BR> Actually I think a leader is someone who shares your journey and tries to help you along the way. We walk beside you not ahead of you. We have he... Fri, 20 May 2016 13:10:06 EST A new day, a new team and a sample of my team newletter, help us grow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166779 May is the month for renewal and a start for a new team. It may be small but it has heart and I know it will grow. If you want to invite friends or someone else be my guest. I used to think a team needed a big amount of people but now I think it just needs people who care and need to share their journey..so we can help boost them and ourselves along. So lets finish May in a strong way. I know we all have the capacity to do this and all we need is to find that something that makes us want... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:08:07 EST New team of sharing the journey together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166415 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95115003-273d-427e-a26b-7dcee1989e04.jpg"> I wanted to start a team where we can all share our journey,any age or gender. A team where members are important and can start posts....challenge themselves or not. The choice is yours. I wanted a team where we can share our triumphs and our downfalls. A team that wants everyone to succeed. I had the him surgery gastric sleeve but you don't have to have surgery to succeed. Many people have done i... Thu, 19 May 2016 15:58:50 EST I made it over 10,000 steps today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162517 I walked 11,122 steps today. I have never even made it to 10,000 before. I am so excited to have made it that far. I am feeling really good. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/268326b6-293c-4c7e-9ced-818469940514.jpg"> Sat, 14 May 2016 00:47:42 EST my emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161387 This month is hard...my first mothers day without my mom...my Jack died on mothers day a year ago..and I am an emotional eater I have slipped a few times this month and a few last month. I am not proud of that only trying to grab a hold on it before I crash and gain. I can not let that happen. I have done so good and really thought I had it under control. I had a few pop tarts a couple of times and today a piece of my grandsons birthday cake. I have not been on much lately.trying to get... Thu, 12 May 2016 09:27:29 EST such a crazy month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136423 I have been in the hospital,fell, got really sick but yesterday felt much better. I am so sorry geckos. Going to try and get on the computer tonight. I don't know Ow why I can't get to teams on my kindle unless I am doing something wrong. If I don't get on can a gecko put in my weight 210. Hope it still counts. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:31:48 EST Thank God for facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132071 I fell a few days ago and hit my head on the corner of the kitchen island counter. I can't get up once I hit the floor. I fell face first and turned over. I scooted on my bottom to the living room, only to remember my phone was on the counter in the kitchen..so I cornerback. I was in a panic and tried many times to get up. I had a large bump on my head and it felt wet. I scooted over to a drawer and took out the waxed paper. I could not see up there to where my phone and tablet were. ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:47:12 EST 70 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124530 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69befc1a-b32b-42ab-a652-95f8c427caf3.jpg"> I had my gastric sleeve surgery 3 months ago and since then have lost 51 pounds but with the weight had lost before down 70 pounds. I now weigh 218 and only 19. Pounds to go before in will be under 200. I don't remember the last time I was there. It has been a journey of ups and downs but the only complication so far is the constipation and I had that way before surgery. I have slowed way down on t... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:26:13 EST If you feel like quitting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105969 <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgCRgjn4fI8 </link> You want motivation? You can do this! Not tomorrow but start today. <BR> <BR> Remember that song....I believe I can fly?" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbUpPVOEkdA </link> <BR> <BR> I know we all have it inside. We just have to believe it. When you feel like you can't do it anymore listen to this song and let it bring out that strength from within. I know you can and I believe in you. What have you go... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:44:12 EST Going to make March my do it month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101686 Going to take each day and do something either fun, learning or getting things done. <BR> <BR> 1. going to get that sewing table and material to get sewing again. <BR> 2. going to get a spring purse for fun and organization <BR> 3. going to organize my desk and room <BR> 4. going to read that book I started. <BR> 5. going to list one week at a time so I get it done. Try a new recipe <BR> 6. going to walk 20 min at a time and dance for 10 <BR> 7.My day of rest and time to make a list for ne... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:59:36 EST Trying to bring the me I want to be...out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098804 Having a little trouble this week. My feelings got hurt but for the better. I thought I was a team player but was told.." I like to take over and run the team." Not a good thing for a team leader to hear but maybe they were right. I thought I was posting a lot to get people to be interested enough to come back. Maybe I do like to feel needed. Is that a bad thing? <BR> I know the person who said it meant well and maybe I took it the wrong way. It just hit my heart and hurt. <BR> Any... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:46:39 EST Back in the groove with new internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065355 doing good. Lost 30 pounds since the 2nd of Dec. Tuesday I get to add 1/2 cup of veggies to my protein. Have been waiting for that day. Just eating meat, cheese, eggs and fish can be pretty boring. Now I can have beans, so chili and tacos with 1/2 cup of lettuce and tomato mixture or salsa sounds like heaven. <BR> I notice my pants getting bigger and funny thing, my feet fit my shoes better. I still can't have fruit or any starchy veggies but will have a bigger selection. I am going ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:54:15 EST 21 pounds down since Dec.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051165 I am still sore but not really craving food or sweets. Didn't get my water or walking in yesterday. For breakfast I usually eat half an egg with a little cheese and garlic salt. For dinner decided to try something different so I pureed tuna and mayo to baby food texture. Good but looked like baby food lol We think we might have found an internet provider but may be a little before we get it in. We have not called them yet. Today is moving day. I will have internet on my phone but don't k... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:22:13 EST will have no internet for awhile. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050209 I will be gone, don't know how long. We are moving and have no internet but one in that area. It is very expensive and very bad service. We are looking to try and find something but don't know how long it will take. I will carry you all in my memory and wish you many blessings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Pam Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:13:45 EST Day 9 A lot of thought about what I can learn on this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044905 I have been up and down so many times and when up I lose all sensibility and eat the things I shouldn't because a I have that false sense of security that everything is ok. This time, with the surgery, it takes you slowly through many phases of eating and limits the amount you can eat. I think maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. <BR> <BR> Many times I have gone through pain, surgery, 2 cancers, an infection surgery where I had to be cut from one side of my stomach to the other and more.... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 13:07:40 EST day 8 of my two week preop diet, 7 more days til surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044335 Most of you know I am going to have the gastric sleeve surgery Dec. 15th. They cut your stomach to the size of a banana. You go on a 2 week preop diet and then for 2 weeks after the surgery your protein has to be pulverized in the food processor. Then you get soft food and it progresses slowly from there. <BR> <BR> Well I get to eat 2 protein shakes, 2 cups broth, 2 sugar free jellos,2 sugar free popcycles, 4 oz. protein(meat, eggs or cheese) and a half cup of veggies a day. Sounds like... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 13:51:27 EST What is it that we are missing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033898 Sometimes I think we lose focus on ourselves by always focusing on food and not include health in the equation. Some people are thin and see themselves as fat. Some are afraid to eat a tiny bite for fear they might gain an ounce. Me I sometimes focus on food so much that I am hungry all day. <BR> <BR> Because of my diabetes I am supposed to eat the same time every day. Well I might not be hungry at that time. I do the same things every day and I have been trying to break those habits.... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:41:02 EST To honor those who fight for our freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dfffe53-eb4d-4a0c-a651-95d1cfd870f7.jpg"> I hate war but when we are attacked we have to fight back and many die to save us from this horrible fate. <BR> <BR> My grandson is only 17 yet he went to take and sign up for National Guard. I am very proud of him yet afraid , he too, might someday become a casualty. <BR> <BR> I pray that this need for war stops and all nations live in peace like it was meant to be. I pray the greed that some ho... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:17:17 EST me time? What is that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025525 I like this article: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1657 </link> <BR> <BR> How many times do you say " I don't have time for me."? Oh my Why not? <BR> Are you seriously taking care of everyone else and their needs to feel guilty taking time for yourself? How do you say....Why am I so run down? Of course you are. You are rushing everyone around here and there, making meals, cleaning house and some of you holding down a full time job. Give yourself a b... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:15:06 EST Getting out of lost hope and into sparkland despite the flying monkeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020361 Once upon a time I was overweight and stuck in a place called " lost hope." I hated living there. <BR> Everyday the old witch ( mayor) sent her flying monkeys, also called triggers, out to tempt us with lots of sweets . <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c0089db-f3a2-4b61-9576-d996dddae0a8.jpg"> She was so persistent that you couldn't resist for long and besides the treats were so good. <BR> <BR> Why did she do this? She had been overweight her whole life and didn't want an... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:17:07 EST A picture is worth a thousand words. Can you guess what it says? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020312 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b499dcab-6666-4ade-bccf-d27e4809895c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abefcfd0-2413-46fa-8768-1fe32703953e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2c0a471-e555-4323-bc2e-3fbec93ab368.jpg"> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:02:41 EST outlining my plan in a blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020036 1.Keep away from the Halloween candy. . <BR> 2.Drink one protein shake, at least , a day <BR> <BR> 3/ Keep eating on a saucer because it makes you feel fuller by looking like more food. Good portion control. <BR> <BR> 4. Keep trying to cut down on sweet snacks and get more fruit and veggies next grocery day. <BR> <BR> 5. Do strength training at least 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> 6. Dance or do cardio at least 15 min a day. <BR> <BR> I am trying to make healthy habits by doing things and... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:14:33 EST Am I pretty, thin , or even worth bothering about? Do I deserve it? I have failed so many times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019304 You bet your bottom dollar! Maybe I am not a movie star or a model but I am me and that is beautiful. Boy a few years back I would have said no...I am not pretty and I am just an average person with a personality complex and down on myself. Even though my hubby told me almost daily that I was beautiful and the best thing in his life was marrying me. I didn't take compliments well. <BR> <BR> Well I guess as I got older there were more important things than how pretty I was on the outs... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:05:29 EST In a funk, didn't lose this week, then get out of that and move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018867 I did eat to much this week and didn't lose....my fault. I was in a funk and am an emotional eater....although better...not done. I ate chocolate chip cookies for a few days. Traci made homemade ones and I can't expect them to not have things like this around the house. It isn't there fight....it is mine. <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to pick up a phone and call my Mom but that would be very long distance since she passed this year. I wanted my hubby to just hold me and tell me it was ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:10:31 EST Give up or get up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013923 I have been fighting cutting carbs doen. It just seems the more I give up carbs the more I want them. Have not been doing bad exept for a couple of days . we can do this. <BR> I know how hard it is. I have been there many times. Today has been ok so far and might just drink a shake tonight not sure. <BR> <BR> Hey why don't we just take it one meal at a time and focus on that meal then put the food in the tracker before we eat it to see how bad it will be. Sometimes when the calories and ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:32:30 EST