LABRATIAM's SparkPeople Blog LABRATIAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Butt Prints In The Sand-poem <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One night I had a wondrous dream, <BR> One set of footprints there was seen, <BR> The footprints of my precious Lord, <BR> But mine were not along the shore. <BR> But then some stranger prints appeared, <BR> And I asked the Lord, "What have we here?" <BR> Those prints are large and round and neat, <BR> "But Lord they are too big for feet." <BR> <BR> "My child," He said in somber tones, <BR> "For miles I carried yo... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:51:26 EST Change.... “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” <BR> ~Isaac Asimov <BR> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:20:38 EST Losing my job...or to Phoenix, or not to Phoenix? So Tuesday there was a mandatory meeting at work and they told us the lab would be closing in 60 days (since there are so many that lost their jobs, they had to give a 60 day notice). <BR> <BR> There are now a large number of BSMT or MLT, and other lab folks that will want a job come the end of June or early July since the company staggered the end dates for the lab. <BR> <BR> We will get a severance for the years worked, if you stay till your end date…so it makes it hard for some to look f... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:41:20 EST Knock, Knock.... Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Yacht! <BR> Yacht who? <BR> Yacht a know me by now! <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Juno. <BR> Juno who? <BR> Juno that I'm out here, right? <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Says! <BR> Says who? <BR> Says me, that's who? <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Ima. <BR> Ima who? <BR> Ima psychiatrist. I'm here 'cause you won't open up! <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:05:58 EST My confession I can’t tell you when it was, but I decided that I should step on that scale since it had been a few weeks since I had. You see, I had been staying around the same weight for months now and I was fine with that. I was exercising a bit each day by walking the dogs, even in the snow…they got to go! <BR> <BR> But I didn’t always take the time each day to do all of the challenges that I was posting; thinking that walking the dogs was enough…. I shouldn’t take so much time researching things... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:23:49 EST March Cardio Challenge Continued... Day 7 Monday (03/11/13) <BR> I did Walk it Out exercises on the DVD Cardio Blast ...did the warm up, the 10 minutes of walking and the cool down and then onto the Superman pose for 3 sets of 10 reps. <BR> The dog walks today was close to a mile total (0.86 miles). <BR> Don't forget to log the superman pose on your fitness. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Day 8 Tuesday (03/12/13) <BR> I did Walk it Out exercises on the DVD Cardio Blast ...did the warm up, the 10 minutes of walking and the cool down a... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:35:18 EST Cardio Challenge- Day 4-6 Day 4 Friday <BR> <BR> Bootcamp: 10-Minute Cardio Kick Workout: <link><BR>detail.asp?video=80 </link> <BR> <BR> Bootcamp: 7- minute Arm Shaper with Dumbbells: <link><BR>detail.asp?video=78 </link> <BR> <BR> The dogs and I didn’t walk our normal mile, but we got close by getting in 0.80 mile. The older dog didn’t care to walk the 0.5 miles in the evening…so we cut it short on Friday night. <BR> <BR> Day 5 Satu... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:34:37 EST Cardio Challenge- day 3 So this morning, I thought I would try a different cardio video...but I didn’t care for this one as much as the other two that I have been doing. <BR> <BR> I also tried the Crunchless abs video and all I can say is OUCH! I do need to work on my abs, but maybe I should look for a bit easier on my lower back video to start with. <BR> <BR> Low Impact Cardio: <link><BR>detail.asp?video=33 </link> <BR> <BR> 10- Minute Crunchless Abs: <link>www.sparkpeo... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:34:01 EST Cardio Challenge- day 2 I get up this morning and start my routine of checking emails before I check in with everyone here at SparkPeople and just look at the what as one of the articles in the Weekly Spark email: <BR> <link><BR>l_better_and_get_fitter_by_spring </link> <BR> <BR> Great timing! Although I'm hoping to do this for 27 days. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The video for today: <link><BR>detail.asp?video=80 </link> <BR> I had to do... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:08:28 EST March Cardio Challenge I plan to work on getting some great cardio in everyday this month and will be using a couple of videos on here to accomplish this goal as well as continuing to walk my dogs each day. <BR> <BR> My goal is to exercise with one of these videos daily, in order to get at least 10 minutes of heart pumping going on. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=32 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=80 </link> ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:44:43 EST Inspirational poster <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are a few things I think we all tend to forget from time to time and I wanted to share this with all of you. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:16:47 EST My Valentine Since Feb. 14th 2003 He sent me an email on Feb. 14th 2003 and we hadn't met each other in person yet. I still have that simple email and re-send it to him on the 14th as a reminder of what he started! <BR> It said: HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, DENISE!!!!!! ( with some rose icons) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Us in 2003. Our first meeting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me in the dress that I made 7 years ago... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:45:44 EST Be Self-ish today! What if Selfish became self-ish? Try taking this word, which has a negative connotation, and giving it a positive spin. It is time to be a little more self-ish! <BR> There is a kabblistic tradition that was taught by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman that tells us to take each word and imbue each letter with a new, fuller meaning. Try this on for size: <BR> <BR> S Nurture your SPIRIT. <BR> E ENJOY moments alone. <BR> L LOVE yourself. <BR> F Keep FIT and FEEL good. <BR> I Make your unique needs IMPORTA... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:30:09 EST Just a couple of Cartoons <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:37:42 EST Knock.....Knock Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Howl! <BR> Howl who? <BR> Howl you know unless you open the door! <em>200</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Doughnut! <BR> Doughnut who? <BR> Doughnut worry it is just a joke! <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Thermos! <BR> Thermos who? <BR> Thermos be a better knock-knock joke than this! <em>334</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:33:01 EST A Supper Soup Quiz Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup. <BR> Ludwig van Beethoven <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. The famous cold potato soup, vichyssoise, was invented: <BR> A. At the Ritz-Carlton in New York City <BR> B. At the White House in Washington, D.C. <BR> C. At La Maison Blanche in Vichy, France <BR> D. By the chef of the Marquise de Sevigne, who spent much time at the thermal baths at Vichy, se... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:47:21 EST This is a call to all Laboratory personnel and Scientists....... Please take a moment to visit Welcome to the Laboratory and Scientist Unite Teams and consider joining one or both teams for some challenges, fun, and friendship. <BR> <BR> Good luck in reaching your goals. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Laboratory a team specifically for Medical/Clinical Laboratory professionals who are coming together to be more Fit, Health & Successful...both physically and professionally. <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=58332 </link>... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:36:04 EST Knock, Knock!.....jokes again Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Doris! <BR> Doris who? <BR> Doris locked that’s why I am knocking! <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Butch! <BR> Butch who? <BR> Butch your little arms around me! <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock Knock! <BR> Who’s there? <BR> Cheese! <BR> Cheese who? <BR> Cheese a cute girl! <BR> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:16:42 EST Time for me to get to cookin' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to finish the hat that I crocheted for my DH yesterday, but here is a picture. <BR> <BR> My husband had his second day at his new job yesterday! He was gone from the house around 13 hours....I hope that he doesn't have to work those long of hours all of the time. <BR> <BR> He will be working the evening shift soon and I will be the one trying to cook! I have been pampered in a number of ways and haven't ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:40:35 EST Knock, Knock!.....jokes Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Hatch. <BR> Hatch who? <BR> Bless you and please cover your mouth next time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Mikey! <BR> Mikey who? <BR> Mikey doesn't fit in the keyhole! <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Hawaii. <BR> Hawaii who? <BR> I'm fine. Hawaii you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Knock, Knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> A little old lady. <BR> A little old lady who? <BR> I didn't know you could yodel. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:56:59 EST More Christmas Quotes Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:25:16 EST Family Christmas...was wonderful and inspiring! We had our family Christmas gathering at my oldest daughters and boyfriends house yesterday and it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> I had the privilege of making her boyfriends' 93 year old grandma 2 crocheted scarves, a hat and some ear warmers since she doesn't like many store bought items. Clint told the only clothing that she will buy at a store is shoes, nylons, and maybe a coat. <BR> <BR> <BR> The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 06:21:24 EST I want to be like these women when I grow up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to be like these women when I grow up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:41:52 EST Hump day funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:28:01 EST Thank goodness for neighbors who smoke... Yesterday morning around 5:30 am, was I the computer room watching a YouTube video on crocheting and heard some noise outside. <BR> <BR> I thought..well the paper truck must be running late...but that next sound was very loud. Then I heard the next door neighbor yell some choice words as well as " Stop!" I look out the window to see a car in the street beside my son's car and hubby's truck (we have to park them on the street since we have a single drive/garage). I run out the door to se... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:23:56 EST Busy weekend! The neighbor was decided they wanted to insulate their attic and the needed to use our truck. They ask if we wanted to that too so we did. <BR> <BR> Saturday night we blow insulation into our houses attic and Sunday blow insulation their house. All of us have been dragging since then...but the heating/cooling bills should look better now! <BR> <BR> I didn't get to put the tree up yet....maybe I can get that done during the week...just in case something happens next weekend! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:59:55 EST Trading kids Of course we got together with the family for Thanksgiving and the family has been trading kids since then...which is normal for my family. <BR> <BR> My brother and his wife and six kids. One that's their own who is 18, four from Foster Care that they adopted ranging in age from 18 to 15, in one that's our nephews (one of our sister's sons) that they adopted who is 4. <BR> <BR> One of my brother's kids, Luke and our ( my husbands and I) adopted son, decide that wanted to spend the weekend... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:02:54 EST Work Thanksgiving gathering <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watch out for those sweets etc. as we have work gathering and family feasts! <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday at my work's Thanksgiving gathering and of course I shouldn't have eaten as much as I did, but I must say that I did make better choices of what I was going to indulge on. I ate a bit of ham, a bit too much smoked turkey and the sweet potato souffle...that is what I decided to have an extra helping of fo... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:48:21 EST Team Work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to huddle with your teams and post. We all could use some help and encouragement from each other! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Working together we can reach our goals, while making great friends! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make sure to stop in to each of your teams weekly just t... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:30:35 EST Halloween pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my 8 yr old and Hubby getting ready to get started. I got to stay home with my cold <BR> <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of my 8 yr old and my Grandson (4yr old). We didn't know that one wanted to be Mario and the other wanted to be Luigi so we HAD to get them together! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:10:55 EST Jack-O-Lanterns <img src=""> <BR> The Jack-O-lantern that Andrew (my 8 yr old) and I worked on.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The Jack-O-lantern that Justice (my 16 yr old) worked on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:29:43 EST Just random thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I ran across this Multitasking funny and had to share since it's too cute! <BR> <BR> Today, the dogs and I went for a 1.52 Mile walk and I couldn't wait to get home....that morning coffee was going to have me multitasking if we didn't hurry. So we had to rush home since I can't simply hike my leg as they can! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And mos... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:16:03 EST Darn that Pecan Pie! <BR> So we had pecan Pie in the house along with other goodies....normally I do a good job of working in a small bit of a sugary treat into my daily food intake...but not this time! <BR> <BR> It doesn't help that it's been cooler and the old dog hasn't wanted to walk as much or as long so it's time to work on more exercising videos the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This isn't going to get me down. I knew that I ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:03:57 EST Funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:45:14 EST Leaves from the park <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of some leaves that I found yesterday during a walk in the park with my dogs. <BR> <BR> I liked them so much, I brought them home to share. <BR> <BR> Beauty is all around us... sometimes we forget to look for it. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:56:06 EST Need some advise from the frequent travelers on here..... This weekend travel for work and I need some advice on how to keep on track with the food. <BR> <BR> I will be visiting our new lab in MN, to make sure that they are in compliance with the state / federal regulations, CLIA as well as our parent company's regulations. <BR> <BR> Do any of you frequent travelers have any advise on eating out and staying within the Spark People plan? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:04:44 EST My walking buddies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband's dog, the Pomeranian and my Austrian cattle dog during one of our walks. The dogs get me walking, even when I don't care to! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:29:15 EST A lovely, soggy walk Only one of the dogs cared to walk with me today. My hubby's dog is too scared of weather and decided it wasn't going to happen today. <BR> <BR> So Angus and I started on our walk. I thought that a rain jacket might frighten the dogs so I put on a flannel hooded jacket that I normally wear during colder/ snowy days since it has a hood and along with my ball cap, we set out. <BR> <BR> Angus is not a fan of water so I was very surprised that he wanted to go closer to the wet weather creek... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 09:40:24 EST It's walking weather...just ask my dogs It was 58 degrees when my dogs asked for their first walk of the morning around 6:10 this morning, but that walk wasn’t long enough for these pups. <BR> <BR> My Austrian Cattle dog followed me around whining until he got want he wanted which was to hear those magic words “ do you want to go for a walk?” And off we went to John Anderson Park for a mile and a half walk. <BR> <BR> By the time we made it back home, I was ready to get rid of the long sleeved shirt that I needed when we start... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:21:44 EST Need for a Contingency Plan Well I started this Spark People thing up again on 06/11/12 and I have lost 13 lbs so far! <BR> <BR> That may seem like a small accomplishment, but I'm proud that I have lost that much and am enjoying water rather than soda, walking the dogs at least twice a day. Soon, I will also start riding that bike! <BR> <BR> I had joined our Community Center years ago, but their hours and mine didn't seem to come together and i found myself going months without stepping foot inside the building. <B... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:10:29 EST Time to break out the old bike....can I remember how to ride it? I need to get a bit more out of my exercise. My walking buddies would rather stop and sniff the grass where one of their friends has been than to keep an even pace of walking and besides, one of them is around 13, with short legs. Though the little Pomeranian has a big heart and wants to keep up with the 4-year-old Australian Cattle dog, and me he shouldn’t. And since he is my husband’s dog and if anything happens to him, it would be my fault, I need to find another something to get my he... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:06:42 EST