JCL129's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JCL129 JCL129'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/ Brick Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144298639.jpg"> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:49:43 EST Some Days, I Feel Like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719001 ...the only thing working out in my life is ME! <BR> <BR> **and when I step off this treadmill, I won't be working out either. So exactly where does that leave things?** <BR> <BR> LOL! <BR> <BR> I usually don't vent on my blog...I like to leave encouraging/funny things for you guys to read. But there are so many negative things happening in my life right now - different areas, all at once! - and none of it's a simple fix. <BR> <BR> I won't bore anyone with details, because I've already ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 17:02:13 EST You Are What You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436619 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254666582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LOL! <BR> <BR> My Mental Vitamin for Today: <BR> <BR> I control what goes into my mouth...not my circumstances, not my emotions...ME. I wouldn't give control of my car to a drunk friend...so why would I let crazy circumstances/emotions control what goes into my mouth? Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:49:48 EST Patience...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435169 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335428662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (credit: tumblr.com) Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:32:47 EST Turning My Can't into Cans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420827 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615315476.jpg"> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:37:50 EST Life is Like Photography http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174519 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907105396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Photo credit: tumblr.com Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:33:33 EST Impossible...or is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l514950563.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:23:45 EST Reversing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3580145 I will always be fat <BR> And I refuse to believe that <BR> I can lose this weight <BR> I do <BR> I realize that isn’t the way most people think but <BR> “Eating to live instead of living to eat” <BR> That’s just not working out, and I truly believe <BR> Eating what I want will make me happier in the end <BR> It’s just a big fat lie, thinking <BR> Being fit is the most important thing in my life <BR> Now I understand that <BR> Making myself happy with food <BR> Is more important than <BR> Mak... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:47:59 EST Having a rough day at work? Psalm 23 for A Worker's Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141346 Sometimes, I just need a gentle reminder. :o) <BR> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ <BR> <BR> The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want. <BR> He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me. <BR> He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without murmuring and complaining. <BR> <BR> He reminds me that he is my source and not my job. <BR> He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions that I might honor him in all that I do. <BR> <BR> Even though I face absurd amounts... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:59:25 EST Thank Him Right Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064186 Someone emailed this to me today.... <BR> it blessed me so much, I had to pass it on! <BR> ==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++ <BR> <BR> Dear Father... <BR> <BR> I want to thank You for what you have already done. <BR> <BR> I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now. <BR> <BR> I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now. <BR> <BR> I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry o... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:15:23 EST Great Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3046566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599122029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I laughed when I saw this picture, because today, this is exactly how I feel. Why? Because today, I completed Week 5, Day 3 of the Couch to 5K program. For those of you who've done it, you know that means a 20 minute run with no rests. <BR> <BR> I did it. <BR> <BR> I was scared, but....I did it. I ended up having to turn off the podcast and have a "Come to Jesus" talk with myself as I ran. <BR> <BR> I told... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:03:08 EST Before I Was A Mom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2045704 Before I was a Mom, <BR> I never tripped over toys <BR> or forgot words to a lullaby. <BR> I didn't worry whether or not <BR> my plants were poisonous. <BR> I never thought about immunizations. <BR> <BR> Before I was a Mom, <BR> I had never been puked on. <BR> Pooped on. <BR> Chewed on. <BR> Peed on. <BR> I had complete control of my mind <BR> and my thoughts. <BR> I slept all night. <BR> <BR> Before I was a Mom, <BR> I never held down a screaming child <BR> so doctors could d... Fri, 8 May 2009 15:29:26 EST Who Am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1784298 I'm your constant companion, your greatest helper or heaviest hassle. <BR> I push you onward or drag you down. <BR> I'm at your command. <BR> Half the things you do, you can give to me and I'll do them quickly and correctly. <BR> I'm easily controlled - but you must be firm with me. <BR> Show me exactly what you want done and after a few lessons I'll do it automatically. <BR> Those who are great, I made great. Those who are failures, I made failures. <BR> I'm not a machine, although I ... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 15:47:38 EST Worrying About What Others Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1725243 "Don’t worry about what others think of you. Worry about what they think of themselves when they are with you." <BR> <BR> I was struck by this quote because I'm trying to get over what other people think about my lifestyle changes. But at the same time, I want to strive to be a person who can offer encouragement, support and hope to those around me. I'm finding out that people who are negative about my weight-loss journey are usually feeling badly about the bad choices they've made in thei... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:08:50 EST I Survived The Company Christmas Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1623019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/3/b432171104.jpg"> <BR> Well, I survived the company Christmas Party! I was rather pleased...I found something decent to wear, my hair was okay, and while I didn't exactly count calories, I stayed away from the thing I knew would send me into overdrive....the dessert table! <BR> The hubby and I got our complimentary pictures (above) and compared them to all the other Christmas Party pictures since 2005. I posted them on my page if you'd like to ... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 13:24:19 EST Sometimes, Battles Are Won By Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1601260 I went out this weekend to find an outfit to wear to my company's Christmas party. It's frustrating to attend these kind of events, because as a big girl, I always feel like I'm not as sophisticated or put-together as the other ladies. But I'm learning to "do me" and felt that if I found something that I felt comfortable in, it would make me feel more confident. So after much searching, I came across a beautiful, silky, kimono-style blouse. But they only had a 14/16W, and a 22/24W. Now, I... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 11:32:35 EST Let Your Heart Break - Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1584521 Yesterday, I received a letter from a woman who weighs 350 pounds. She wrote, "I have always believed deep in my heart that if I would just lose this weight, my parents would love me. They would also stop yelling, stop drinking, stop leaving. My husband would pay more attention to me. My money problems would vanish. My house would be clean. What if I lose the weight and those things don't happen?" <BR> <BR> Losing weight does bring a feeling of lightness, more freedom to move; it puts ... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:59:45 EST Let Your Heart Break - Part One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1584504 I read an article the other day by Geneen Roth, who teaches, speaks and writes about emotional eating. I warn you...this article is long, so I'm posting it in parts. However, the simple-but-profound message I found made it worth the read...and therefore, worth sharing with my SparkSisters! (I've found that you never know who you may help when you share!) <BR> ========================================<BR>=========================== <BR> <em>51</em> <BR> LET YOUR HEART BREAK <BR> by Geneen... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:42:45 EST I Like Early A.M. Exercise, But This Is Ridiculous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1562038 When I've had proper rest, I like getting up early to exercise. But as a mother of 3, proper rest is almost like a mythical creature you only read about in health magazines. <em>39</em> It's a struggle because it's so hard to go to bed "on time" when there's so much to do. But, I gotta keep trying - so even though I got into bed late, I set my alarm for 5am so that I could do my lower body strength training. <BR> <BR> My 4-year-old woke up at 2:30...coughing and wheezing horribly. I g... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 10:10:27 EST Dig A Little Deeper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1553806 Dig a Little Deeper <BR> by: Author Unknown <BR> <BR> There's a story about the California gold rush that tells of two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold ore out of the mine. All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no ... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 11:07:51 EST Scary Week...But We Made It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1512819 Just a quick note to say that I'm glad to be back on Spark this week. I spent last week at the hospital with my 4-year-old daughter, as she fought to breathe. She had a viral lung infection, and had to be placed on oxygen for 4 days. It was hard seeing her suffer, but I'm here today to praise God and give thanks to Him for bringing her through! She is beside me right now as I'm typing....twirling around like a ballerina with a huge smile on her face. And I am so thankful! <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 22:09:37 EST Writing the Story of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1491769 I needed a little encouragement, and came across this quote today... <BR> <BR> "The story of your life will be written with or without your help. The next chapter is happening while you read this. Will you wait to see what it says later, or will you help write it?" <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2008 17:07:40 EST The "Me" I'm Meant To Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1461761 Too often, we women give our best to our families, friends and careers....and use "left-overs" to care for ourselves. By the end of any given day, we often feel too tired to exercise, too stressed to plan our healthy meals, etc. It's sad, but sometimes it's the sacrifice many of us have to make in order to keep the other things in our lives running smoothly. We give of ourselves until even our reserved strength is low, and then we put off taking care of ourselves until we feel "stronger." ... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:49:29 EST Growth and Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1385053 My former pastor read a quote years ago, and it struck me to my core so much that I wrote it down in my Bible. It was very simple, but powerful. <BR> <BR> "Everything that grows must change. <BR> Everything that changes will be challenged. <BR> Everything that meets the challenge continues to grow." <BR> <BR> I have found this to be true even in weight loss. It's a continuous cycle. When I decided to grow into a healthy woman, I had to make a lot of changes. These changes have brough... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:57:54 EST