JOYLJL's SparkPeople Blog JOYLJL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratefulness This was a great reminder that each day is a gift with beautiful things to look at. <BR> Jonathan Roche from No Excuses sent it. Take a look at it often, because sometimes, we forget too easily. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>good-day.htm </link> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:11:21 EST Quotes from King and Roache, just to remember “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, <BR> if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do <BR> you have to keep moving forward.” <BR> - Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> Persistent beats Perfection! <BR> <BR> Today I want to emphasize the <BR> importance of moving forward, and how critical it is <BR> to take your challenging moments, and look at them <BR> as opportunity. <BR> <BR> Think about the difficult situations life has thrown at <BR> you, aren't those the situat... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:17:13 EST OOOOOOPPPPPPPPSSSSSSS I went over my FAT goal. Yikes. I never did that before. although I am trying the new PALEO diet whch doesn't counf fat or protein as a bad thing. They say CARBs are what makes you fat. So in that case. I'm still under in carbs, over in fat and finally met a goal(protein) is where is shouldbe. I've always be low in protein... always afraid of meat. but trying to add it in. It only adds more fat. Its' very confusing. My scale went down today, so may be that is a good thing? Just sca... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:36:18 EST A commencement speech worth watching. Talk about goals!<BR>chool-graduation-speaker-tells-student<BR>s-not-special-145709954.html Fri, 8 Jun 2012 14:46:49 EST Get your mind out of the gutter <BR> <BR> If you all like this one, check out the other Inspirationals that are on my page under "other infoamation. <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:29:36 EST Love to laugh Was at the bus stop in the morning after day light savings which means it is pitch black. So we had our flash light. Youngest now, 10 years old was fascinated by the beam. It was a really foggy morning, so normally you just see where the flashlight ends, not the whole beam. He kept trying to grab it --the beam. He said... "it just seems like I should be able to hold it, but my hand keeps going through it." Then he says" Can I hold the flash light? I give it to him and as I do, I tel... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 14:50:55 EST Goals--mini and meal plan Lose 4 pounds a month <BR> February 11-Feb 28 3 pounds <BR> Mar 4 pounds <BR> April 4 pound <BR> May 4 pounds <BR> June 4 pounds <BR> July 4 pound <BR> Aug 4 pound <BR> Sept 4 pound <BR> Oct 4 pound <BR> Nov 4 pound <BR> Dec 4 pound <BR> Jan 2012 4 pounds <BR> Total 46 pounds end of Jan 2012 <BR> <BR> Regulate blood pressure-- reduce stress <BR> <BR> Drink 2 cups of water before, 2 cups tea <BR> Breakfast-Eat within 1 hour of waking up <BR> 3.5 ounces protein (1 egg and 2 egg whites) <BR>... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:27:00 EST New A new year... <BR> <BR> New means of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time. Something amazing. Different, never been done before... out of the ordinary. <BR> <BR> How does knowing the meaning of new affect your perspective for the New Year... Will it be new or just another year? <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:43:20 EST A fight to help Who knew helping would turn into a fight. Story --youngest has a remote control helicopter he had just gotten as a belated birthday present from his aunt. So his father says, can you go get the double a batteries? The teenager and the little one both run to the door to the garage to get the batteries... I'll get it, no you can't get it, I'm getting it. So father yells, someone bring the batteries. So the little one gets them and then the father realizes he needs a screw driver. I'll get... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:53:16 EST Being Thankful Blog The challenge on one of my teams was to write a list of things you are thankful for. <BR> <BR> I'm still thankful for my pool even though now it is too cold to swim. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful, no family member at this time is in the hospital! <BR> <BR> I'm thankful we have plenty of healthy foods to cook and eat. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful we got our house refinanced and have alower monthly payment. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for cooler weather, even though I can't swim... I can ride my giant trike... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 15:52:20 EST fiber I did some reading on fiber and wrote down low cal high fiber foods for future reference. <BR> Item- amount,-calories -fiber <BR> Brown rice - 1/2 cup - 83 cal - 5.5 gram <BR> Kellogs all bran --- 81 cal -9.1 gram <BR> Almonds - 1/4 cup - 56 cal - 2.4 gram <BR> Flax seeds 1 T - 59 cal. - 3.4 gram <BR> Lg Orange -86 cal - 4.4 gram <BR> black berries 1 cup -67 cal-7.6 grams <BR> rasbperries 1 cup -64 cal -8 grams <BR> carrots 1 cup - 52 cal -4 grams <BR> artichoke 1 cu... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 12:12:35 EST positive Today's tv sermon. Although I've read it here on sparks hundreds of times that the affirmation of positive thinging and speaking makes changes. Today somehow it struck me differently. <BR> My 15 year old daughter has been up to mischieveous things and somewhat disgusting--ie.. not flushing on purpose, leaving unmentionables around on purpose, stealing things from other peoples rooms etc... So I have been trying to deal with this to "train her up in the way she should go", but I was bei... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 19:26:11 EST 90 minutes in Heaven--I heard this story last night. <BR> September 27,2010 Went to church last night and heard Don Piper tell about his encounter in Heaven. <BR> 90 minutes in heaven--How did he get there? <BR> <BR> He was driving a red ford escort down a bridge after having left a meeting with a bunch of pastors. It was raining. An 18 wheeler driven by a prisoner from Huntsville was trying to slow down to avoid hitting a slooooooww moving little car. He could not, so he tried to pass the little car and had to move into the on coming lane ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:34:01 EST Impressive I can't believe I did it. My little guy has wanted to go bike riding around the block. He has been limited to the driveway, but now he is 7 and has an understanding of cars, stop signs et.c.. we dont' have sidewalks, other wise, he would have been riding already around. So noone else was available except me. It was close to dusk and I have had a bike in the garage calling my name. I was totally afraid that I would puncture the tires, fallen off, or worse, been laughed at. So I thought ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:13:49 EST Allyn's request: Things I have to have for healthy diet Allyn said to make a list of things you have to have for healthy lifestyle and that she wanted to read them, so here are mine. <BR> <BR> Things I have to have to have a healthy lifestyle, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. a swimming pool, that’s clean, warm. <BR> <BR> 2. a bathing suit that fits, <BR> <BR> 3. tea with sugar. It’s warm and even though I substitute it for fruit, its, the simple carb I need. I still have to watch not to go over board. My calculations, say I can have 8 cups and still onl... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:37:12 EST My trip to the dentist I went to the dentist. It has only been 5 years, I teared up when the dental assistant started asking me questions. It's very sad that I have put myself last. I told myselfa few months ago, II am not taking the kids to any more appts. until I take my self to the dentist.Then I waited and did nothing. Too afraid I guess, a little bit financial, a little bit, about time, not to mention pain and embarassment. <BR> Then the school nurse sent a note saying one of the kids needs a tetanus shot... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 11:52:17 EST He remembered breakfast on his valentine day card. LOL A funny story about Zachary Feb 12,2009 <BR> <BR> Night before last, Zachary was climbing into bed. He said…”mom you know that movie Look who’s talking”… (the one with Kirste Ally and John Travolta…Kirste is pregnant at the beginning of the movie and the way they let you know is a graphic of sperm going through a spacy looking tunnel and crash into the big circle) <BR> <BR> So I say yeah. He says, well you know those things that look like tadpoles…what do they do when they hit the big rou... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 11:30:26 EST No change Boo. No change. I did my exercises, drank my water and stayed fairly close to the calorie intake. Over about 300 cals. I guess if I knock out those 300 cals per day, then in 12 days a pound should be gone because one pound is 3500 cals.So I'm going to aim for that. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I should try the detox 4 day diet I saw on the Doctor show. It promotes only fruits vegetable, yogurt and beans for the first 4 days. Then you add in chicken, and fish or turkey for the next week and t... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:59:59 EST New Day It's a new day. Got a kitten yesterday for my 19th anniversary. It's very pretty. It has different colors in her fur... a little blonde, ash, brown and white. We didn't decide on a name. I hope it's not her that's making me sneeze... could be allergies cause of the north wind that just blew in. <BR> I read on Sparks that pets can help you in your journey. Real age said you live 2 years longer if you have a pet.... that's two more years to exercise and eat and drink right. <BR> I actual... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:51:47 EST