JANE1216's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANE1216 JANE1216'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/ Fun Food 4 the 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731492 I've got melon - I've got blueberries - I've got cool whip - I've got bananas - and now, I've got some ideas!!! Thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> HAPPY and HEALTHY 4th of JULY to all spark peeps!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l986578614.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518169932.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615924679.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481492685.jpg"> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:56:10 EST a Super Sunday Surprise for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681991 I had a very nice surprise just now as I was getting ready to call it a night ----- I took my pedometer out of my pocket and I had reached an all time HIGH total for steps today!!!! I was 1500 steps over where I usually would be for a Sunday (the day of rest, you know!!) I was totally amazed b/c I really didn't do anything on purpose to increase my number - it just happened! Which means that I'm getting more active w/o even thinking about it --- and that, my dear friends, just MAKES MY D... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:00:53 EST Woohoo Weekend mini challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653293 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860706572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just joined the WW Team's mini challenge for the weekend. This mini challenge is designed to make us strong and accountable for the weekend --- those weekends can so quickly and easily become WEAKends if I'm not careful! <BR> <BR> I don't know why, but my brain allows me to think up all kinds of excuses for why the weekends should have more food than the weekdays! There are still 24 hours in e... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:14:01 EST Downsized --- but it's a good thing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641631 I had a very fun thing happen yesterday ---- I hit one of those milestone moments in my weight loss journey ---- I had to buy new underwear!!!! and that made me happy!!! I held on for as long as I could - but my undies were not hanging on well at all ----- it was time to DOWNsize and DOWNsize I did!!! I now have a pretty, brightly colored drawer full of fresh, brand spanking new (and smaller!!) underwear!!! Life is good!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 19:48:52 EST Going for the GOLD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628545 Just read a GREAT spark article! It's the Good, Better, Best Guide to the Grocery: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1460 </link> <BR> <BR> It shows the BEST choices for staple grocery items --- and after reading all of them, I'm actually doing very well!!! It shows the good choice, the better choice and the best choice --- and we all know that winning on the weight loss journey is all about making the right choices!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:49:22 EST Kick 4 out the Door Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625973 I have signed up for a new Challenge on the Weight Watcher Team --- I've made a commitment to lose 4 pounds between now and St. Patrick's Day. That's a pound a week and that is considered to be a healthy rate of losing. I don't think I've ever signed up for a challenge that commits to a certain number of pounds, but I feel like I can do it this time. I've been doing well following the points plus program through Weight Watchers and this will keep me accountable and on track. Consisten... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:10:48 EST Happy Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1933863305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a LOVEly day!!! <BR> <BR> Jane Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:51:16 EST LOVE this day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743253313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 1st! What a great day it has been --- I LOVE the fact that it is a fresh new month. I LOVE the fact that January is over and done and that hopefully the weather will get better! I LOVE the fact that today at weigh in, I lost 3 pounds! <BR> <BR> I also LOVE the fact that tomorrow is a 3 fold celebration here in our small corner of the world --- the most important being that we are celebrating USA D... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:52:36 EST Loaded Link! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607072 I just found a winner! A loaded page on spark --- Rock your Resolutions! Great place to go for all kinds of motivation, ideas and just good stuff!!!! all on one page --- easy to click and go to some awesome info!!!! I don't know if you all know about this already --- but I didn't know and now I know and I'm sure glad I know!!! ya know? <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754438977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:06:04 EST Well check went Well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600581 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654812485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When our kids were little and had all those regularly scheduled doctor appointments, we always called them "well baby" check ups ---- as opposed to the appointments that we had to have b/c they were sick, fever, etc. <BR> <BR> Well - I had my "well adult" check up this morning and it went very well!!!! - my doctor was pleased! He loved my weight loss -- my blood work -- my blood pressure! It was a good visit! ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:44:58 EST I've been CHARMED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597934 my day so far: <BR> <BR> *got up and went to Weight Watcher Meeting <BR> *weighed in <BR> *HIT MY 10% GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> *got another charm for my WW key ring for 10%!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205823659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was hoping to hit my 10% goal in the beginning of 2014 and here it is -- I did it! I really, really did it! I am beyond thrilled and I feel like I've won an Olympic Medal or something! I have a new little 10% ch... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:52:55 EST Weekends are for Superheroes!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588472 It's almost the weekend! Yay!!! and no WEAKends here!!! Getting prepared for a strong on program weekend! I am going to "be my own Hero" ---- so come Monday morning I can honestly say to myself that I did "SUPER, Hero"!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296034646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450845472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How to be my own Super Hero and knock the temptations outta the weekend" <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:38:26 EST the superb Herb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581095 I've been planning to start off the new year by trying a new project --- I want to give indoor herb gardening a try! Love fresh herbs and they are a bit pricey in the grocery. I've been reading about this for a couple of months now and it's thyme to get on with it! <BR> <BR> Found a helpful article here on spark (imagine that!!!!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729326914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:24:51 EST Merry Christmas to all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571698 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381053394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas --- no matter what you're doing, where you're at, or if it's peaceful/wild and/or traditional/unusual --- ENJOY!!!!! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:28:49 EST 30 for me and 31 for us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569348 Went to WW weigh in this morning and I hit 30 pounds down!!! And the total for our meeting was 31 --- woohoos were flying today! And it's the weekend before Christmas (in case you didn't know!!) -- so double woohoos for that! we CAN do it! yes we CAN!!! <BR> <BR> It was a good morning --- enough said! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1569206170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:14:31 EST 25# - bam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605126344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Got a big "gift" at WW weigh in this morning --- hit my 25 pounds lost goal! The leader asked me to share my thoughts on what helped me to lose -- and I said I have found that I simply must plan ahead and track --- I have to give up all excuses and make better choices and prioritize what's important to ME! <BR> <BR> I'm having a very good day! actually week! no - make that month! I'm PLANning on having a v... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:18:12 EST shop b/c I drop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558412 I have had a wonderful morning! SHOPPING!!!! no big surprise this time of year that a person would be "shopping" --- right??? BUT .............. I was shopping in my own closet!!!!!!! and found many things that FIT AGAIN!!! I had to SHOP b/c I had a DROP in my poundage which made my clothes start to bag --- woohoo! I kept thinking I needed to find some time to get some new clothes that fit, but with all that's been going on, I just couldn't find the time. Then it dawned on me ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:24:05 EST on your mark, get set.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554675 and GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195240283.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814541246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's December and time to start the big race to get through this month in a healthy weigh! Time to plan like I've never planned before --- track like I've never tracked before --- exercise, drink and be merry (water - I'm talkin' about water!!) <BR> <BR> I think I have everything in place --- now it's up to ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:46:31 EST It's a holiDAY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552312 Thanksgiving --- a fun day full of friends, family, fellowship, and food!!!! All are good ----- in moderation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially the FOOD! A little can go a long way or should I say a long weigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We aren't eating until 5:00 today - so I've had plenty of time to plan, plan, and plan! No excuses for messing up -- eating at 5:00 means just one big meal - not two (or three - good grief!) <BR> <BR> I was thinking about this earlier this morning ---- every day I'... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:06:23 EST I gave it away!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544589 Something wonderful happened to me yesterday!!!!!!!! Something so huge that I cannot resist the temptation of bragging about it ---- it was truly a first for me!!! <BR> <BR> We have this lovely lady at church who is a true giver. She is a retired school teacher and has been given the gift/talent of encouraging others --- she does it by giving little items to a person who she feels needs a lift, a thank you, etc. She usually has the item in an envelope or wrapped with a little note fr... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:41:12 EST more holiday recipe pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542152 <link>ediblecraftsonline.com/edible_creati<BR>ons/index.htm </link> <BR> <BR> got some more! love these healthy cute ideas and the link above has other holiday ideas for fruits/veggies too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947757367.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890230539.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l3219812.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l472798030.jpg"> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:38:51 EST recipes for the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541476 I've been collecting some good looking recipes for the upcoming holidays --- here's a couple that don't even have directions, but sure look like fun! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315352661.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1643553047.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620796952.jpg"> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:27:11 EST LOL along the weigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309134 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252280536.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705134275.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1451845152.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455941152.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1090039729.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1638290199.jpg"> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:24:00 EST getting motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255364 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492337182.jpg"> <BR> I've had the cold/cough thing going and quite frankly --- I've feeling a bit down in the dumps. But worse than that, my tracking and planning have been in the toilet! not good --- and even though I haven't felt 100% -- doesn't mean I should change my eating habits! Why is it that when I'm sick, I think I can eat whatever I want in order to get well??? That's just not smart of me --- but I think it goes way back... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:41:35 EST ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224290 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1153713198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many times have we heard the words "I fell off the wagon"???? I know I've heard it (and said it!!) at least a bazillion times! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I've actually fallen clear off and have almost enjoyed being off --- well, if you can call it "enjoying" when you're on a binge or leave of absense from your program --- it might be fun for a few minutes, but we all know that that kind of fun is sooooo tempora... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:51:29 EST solitary confinement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199566 Greetings to my sparkfriends! I haven't been on here for about a week and wanted to let you know what's going on ---- I have placed myself into solitary confinement! I joined the spark coach and I am going through the program from the beginning step-by-step, day-by-day, video-by-video ----- I am giving it my 100% uninterrupted attention ---- I am totally focusing on this and only this for a couple of weeks. If I let myself start visiting and sparking, then I get distracted and I do ev... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:49:33 EST Pass the Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180560 I got this article in an email from one of my "healthy" friends ----- thought I'd share it and see what my sparkfriends had to say! <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> "Pass The Butter ... Please. <BR> <BR> This is interesting . .. . <BR> <BR> Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:42:45 EST what is your fav hot tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179395 I plan to start getting back to drinking hot tea every day --- it's a good habit that I sorta let go over this past month and I really feel that hot tea is a great addition to my weight loss plan --- fills me up - gives me a wide variety of flavors - healthy benefits - etc. <BR> <BR> Today I tried a new one Honey Vanilla Chamomille and it is really good! I need to get a new stash as I'm down to just a few bags ---- do you have a favorite? Thought I'd ask my sparkfriends what you've fo... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:34:00 EST duh moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177290 I was doing really well with my motivation -- I was doing a great job with my PET (plan, exercise, and track) --- up until the second week of December. That's when I started allowing myself to go to the high end of my calorie range,and then for some reason, I would skip a day here and there of my bike riding, and then I even let myself NOT track ----- BINGO ---- BIG mistake! The tracking (good, bad and ugly!!) is a MUST for me --- it's simple --- if it's "outta sight --- then it's out... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:18:43 EST Christmas funnies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164349 I'm getting a bit behind on what I should be doing! The tree is still naked - although the lights are on and if you sit in the dark, it looks pretty awesome! The baking has not been touched -- which is great b/c then I'm not having to deal with the temptation of having it around! The shopping isn't done --- that's a bummer! The gifts I have bought so far are wrapped -- that's a plus! And my Christmas break from school is coming real soon -- there's another plus! <BR> <BR> Sooooooo... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:20:57 EST my joy bucket is full! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132011 I don't know if my hubby made this up or if it's a common quote, but whenever he is totally happy and satisfied with a situation, event, etc. --- he says "my joy bucket is full"!!!! I think that describes how I feel tonight just perfectly! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1636152471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've had a lovely weekend with my family and that's always a very JOYful time! But I also was honored by the Rootin' for Ruby Team and I have been overwhelmed... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:35:19 EST no-no November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121653 I am planning on having a no-no November! Saying NO to the habits that get me No where! Standing firm! Being strong! November will know that I mean NO! I have a visual plan for my no-no November -- you'll know I mean NO by the time you get to the bottom of this blog! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780987024.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l379073746.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317863125.jpg"> <img... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:56:20 EST farewell Franken-Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589477064.jpg"> <BR> time to play the final Franken- Buddies fiddle tune as we say farewell to the Sparktoberfest IV -- it's been fun and as always, I enjoy meeting and getting to know new sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1449342112.jpg"> <BR> we've laughed, we've cried, we've played guitar (actually --- that's not really true --- but I think the pic is cute, so I just made up the part about pl... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:32:09 EST exercisin' with Frank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322090197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:27:13 EST a new monster is about to surface! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759360145.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tis the eve of the Ruby Lites fall challenge --- SPARKTOBERFEST! and things are about to happen! New and scary sparkers will be surfacing and they will be out to get YOU --- YOU, the bad habits --- YOU, the temptations --- YOU, the undone exercises --- YOU, the blank food journal --- YOU, the pedometer stuffed in the drawer ---- so YOU --------- every one of YOU ----- better watch out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:28:50 EST shopping PLAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097642 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464611882.jpg"> <BR> <BR> goin' grocery shoppin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l418138086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> got my PLAN on paper! <BR> and PLANNING on making some excellent choices! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140418794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> PLANNING on stocking up on healthy foods! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465474302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> all this... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:11:48 EST not my before/after pics!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089123 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508720865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just couldn't resist sharing these! toooo cute! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:02:14 EST October plan to plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081242 I'm a bit disappointed in myself ---- I haven't blogged since the beginning of September! This month has been a whirlwind for me -- emotionally and physically -- just way too much on my plate and I ain't talkin' food!!!! (well, to be honest - there have been a couple of times . . . . . .) <BR> <BR> I am what my doctor described as the "middle of the sandwich" ----- I have just sent my youngest off to college and I am dealing with the aging parents ---- I'm in the middle! I guess that's... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:47:06 EST healthy September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043142 I am joining my dear spark friend Pixie on a quest for a HEALTHY SEPTEMBER! I have made my goals, got my check off/diary/journal pages started and I'm on my weigh to a healthier me! <BR> <BR> I want to go for a 100% on target month --- I know I can do it and I really need to do it b/c I'm not getting any younger and the time is NOW! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355107491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> here I go . . . . . . . . . . . . gotta a lot to do . . . . . . ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:12:21 EST Empty Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032278 I am about to enter a new chapter of my life! My hubby and I will be taking our DD to college tomorrow and we will return home to the empty nest --- well ---- there will still be us and our two dogs --- that's one dog per person! But it's been 27 years since we've been "Home Alone"! <BR> <BR> Most people have mixed emotions about entering this stage of life - and I guess I do too --- but I'm going to take the positive attitude and use this time to get caught up with myself. For 27 year... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:18:37 EST Taming the Beast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012710 The Rootin' for Ruby Team will be starting a three week challenge on August 13th. It's called the Pound-A-Thon Challenge and will go from the 13th until Labor Day. The goal of this challenge is to pledge how many pounds I want to pound away and get rid of in that amount of time --- I have decided to pledge 5. <BR> <BR> I am also to pledge any "other" goals that I might want to put into action during this time as well. I have decided to keep my PET -- that's my Plan, Exercise and Track ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 22:02:55 EST still on board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607667486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first week of the PNP 21 day challenge will be completed today --- and I am still on board! still doing my pre-planning and tracking! still feeling really good about this challenge and looking forward to staying on board for this upcoming week --- woohoo-dee-doo! <BR> <BR> on board <BR> <BR> in the boat <BR> <BR> staying afloat <BR> <BR> YES! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:18:51 EST hitting the next 21 days head on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999862 Today is the first day of the 21 day challenge for the Progress Not Perfection Team -- I am doing this challenge and have pledged to pre-plan and track my food to a "T" during the next 21 days --- I'm hitting it head on! I'm taking charge of these 21 days and will stay on target -- gittin' 'er done -- head on -- I can! <BR> <BR> This challenge is perfect timing for me b/c I will be heading back to school right at the end of it and I NEED to get myself back to being a clean and tidy tracker... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:45:52 EST I'm flabbergasted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982525 that's a funny word! is it a real word? well, yes it is! the dictionary says: <BR> <BR> flabbergasted: 1.astonish somebody utterly: to amaze or astonish somebody completely <BR> <BR> and that's exactly how I felt when I read that I was the RLOTW! thank you for all the lovely comments, messages, and goodies --- you have filled my day with joy! love ya! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385047676.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:54:44 EST the Sunday funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972012 I was just cleaning out some of my pics and came across a folder of "diet cartoons" --- since it's Sunday, I thought it'd be appropriate to publish my very own Sunday Funnies -- here in my neck of the woods, the Sunday paper always includes several pages of comics in full color --- weekday comics are in black and white --- must be something special about Sundays!!!! <BR> <BR> enjoy: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703993172.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:46:56 EST decomposing . . . ya gotta read! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959114 This is a chart that a friend of mine posted on her fb page ---- I've never seen this one before and thought I'd share ---- it sure is great food for thought! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59562479.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:40:28 EST ahhh........electricity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l97217233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> never, never, never take your electricity for granted!!!!!! <BR> <BR> We lost our power last Friday at 5:30 p.m. According to the news, we had a derecho --- that's a land hurricane --- I did not know there was such a thing - but I do now! I was heading out my front door to go to a wedding rehearsal when the storm was starting --- as I crossed our sidewalk, a big limb from our pear tree fell right behind me ---... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 19:38:00 EST mindless eating . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171448731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> this is a rerun from a couple of years ago --- I came across it and thought it was timely since it's summer and the usual schedule is very relaxed --- relaxed schedule does not mean relaxed planning and tracking --- so this is just the ticket for me right now --- I'm going to read this to myself again tomorrow . . . . .and the tomorrow after that. . . . . . and the one after that one . . . . . . . <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:44:13 EST thank you magnets!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691409023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Magnets are those things that have an invisible force that pull things to them --- I know of some people who are magnets and I want to thank them! The friends that I have here on spark who continually share in blogs, comments, on their page, in team chats, etc., etc., etc. They are always giving me info that I need to read --- always sharing a recipe that I will love -- always giving me support at that... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:39:41 EST gettin' in tune with JUNE!*!*! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909355 This month is starting with a challenge for me ---- the BE YOUR OWN HERO Challenge, sponsored by the Ruby-lite team ---- and the timing is perfect! Plus the name of our team is the DETERMINATORS --- is that just awesome or what?!?! <BR> <BR> Here's where I am for the beginning of this jolly month of June: I just finished out the school year and am off for the summer --- my youngest is graduating tomorrow from high school --- it's time for me to concentrate on ME and what I need/want --- ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 22:34:18 EST