LIFE-FAITH's SparkPeople Blog LIFE-FAITH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Twiggy? (the model) The average American woman is... Twiggy? <BR> ============ <BR> The average American woman is 5ft 4in, 164 pounds, and a size <BR> 14 to 16. In fact, over 50% of women in this country wear a size <BR> 14 or larger. <BR> <BR> The average man wears a 44. <BR> <BR> I was talking to someone recently who was stressing about <BR> gaining three pounds. <BR> <BR> You should be concerned about your health and weight and this <BR> issue is no excuse for not taking care or yourself but don't let <BR> the average fashion model wh... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:40:44 EST Still Answers Still Answers <BR> ================== <BR> A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible study. <BR> The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the <BR> Lord's voice. <BR> <BR> The young man couldn't help but wonder, <BR> "Does God still speak to people?" <BR> <BR> After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie <BR> and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked <BR> about how God had led them in different ways. <BR> <BR> It was about ten o'clo... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:58:25 EST Have stress? ... an update... and more... Have Stressssss? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> An update: <BR> I have three weeks left of classes and I graduate in 22 days! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I will be attending a graduate school to get my masters degree in psychology... but it will be on-line, I am not becoming a counselor, I am going to be a professor teaching psychology. <em>150</em> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:55:45 EST encouragement today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> never stop dreaming <BR> never give up on yourself <BR> never stop loving yourself <BR> <BR> when life gets you down remember it is only temporary <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> jean Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:33:32 EST update - on all <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Don is still pretty dependent upon me - not able to care for himself. <BR> <BR> I am doing well juggling finals and taking care of him. (thanks to one of my professors) <BR> <BR> Running up and down the stairs is havoc on my ankle, but I cannot work downstairs with the tv on. I need quiet! <BR> <BR> Don is on a heart healthy diet, taking a baby aspirin a day, and not doing much! We have to wait for a release from t... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:55:00 EST Caring for Hubby - heart attack I am currently taking care of my husband, as 17 days ago my husband had total knee replacement and then he had a heart attack a few days ago. We had a few scary days this week, but he is home and resting, while I am feeling stretched beyond all things - GOD IS GOOD! As I graduate in about 10 weeks so my plate is fuller than full, again God is good and we will get through this. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> jean Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:30:29 EST Some of my health journey story..... First of all let me say that I cannot believe how short life is and how fast time is gone... <BR> <BR> Just a bit about me - I am going to be 51 years old this year (April), I have had 13 surgeries and procedures, most within the last 9 years. I have a left ankle disability, I live in stage 2 Kidney failure, Graves disease and thyroid disease, I have overcome many other health issues since being on spark - it will be 6 years in June. <BR> <BR> On January 8 so many years ago, I gave birth ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:50:43 EST Doing My Best - pushing through <em>521</em> <em>252</em> <em>345</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Well 2014 started out nasty for me - I was hugging a bowl for 6 days!! <BR> I spent New Year's Eve in the hospital - in the ER - dehydration and just wanted to be sure my kidneys were OK, ect. I have known 2 people who have died from flu complications while maintaining their chronic kidney disease. <BR> <BR> I started my new semester on Jan 4 and went to class sick, however, I kept to myself and kept my hands in my ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:11:58 EST Recipe For A Happy New Year <BR> Recipe For A Happy New Year <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are <BR> thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate. <BR> <BR> Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all <BR> specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these <BR> months are freed from all the past. Have them fresh and clean as <BR> when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. <BR> <BR> Cut these ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:40:45 EST P.U.S.H. P.U.S.H. <BR> ====== <BR> <BR> A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room <BR> filled with light and God appeared. The Lord told the man He <BR> had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of <BR> his cabin. <BR> <BR> The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock <BR> with all his might. So, this the man did, day after day. <BR> For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders <BR> set squarely against the cold, massive surf... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:55 EST What To Count What To Count <BR> ============ <BR> <BR> Count your blessings instead of your crosses; <BR> Count your gains instead of your losses. <BR> Count your joys instead of your woes; <BR> Count your friends instead of your foes. <BR> Count your smiles instead of your tears; <BR> Count your courage instead of your fears. <BR> Count your full years instead of your lean; <BR> Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. <BR> Count your health instead of your wealth; <BR> Count on God instead of yourse... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:25:54 EST Too Heavy Too Heavy <BR> ========= <BR> <BR> A young man was at the end of his rope. <BR> <BR> Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. <BR> "Lord, I can't go on," he cried. "I have too heavy a cross to <BR> bear." <BR> <BR> The Lord replied, "My Son, if you can't bear its weight, just <BR> place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door <BR> and pick out any cross you wish." <BR> <BR> The man was filled with relief and said "Thank You, Lord," and <BR> he did as he was t... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:51:59 EST The Village Idiot The Village Idiot <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a village named Egoville hidden away <BR> in the mountains. Now, this village, like most villages, had <BR> their own idiot. His name was Hugh Millety. <BR> <BR> Hugh, the village idiot, was the ridicule of Egoville. <BR> The towns folk would often set him up with silly choices in order <BR> to laugh mercilessly at him when he made the wrong choice. <BR> <BR> "Hugh," they'd say, "would you rather have this shiny... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:16:34 EST revamping my goals Finishing my psychology degree with full time classes 54+ hours a week, missing dad <BR> I need some support and encouragement and love <BR> *************************************** <BR> I am working on my goal - one day at a time <BR> Living with chronic kidney failure - is challenging some days! <BR> <BR> My goals and commitment: <BR> My commitment is to ME - FOR me <BR> <BR> Revamping my goals: <BR> Do 4-6 strength training spark videos 2x times a week - with walking in between - even if... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:49:55 EST Trust <img src=""> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 14:46:21 EST I am the clay <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My prayer today is for God to continue to mold me the way He needs me to be. <BR> <BR> Jean Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:30:53 EST God changes us.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am always in transition... God is always changing me - I am so thankful for His word! <BR> <BR> Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 <BR> <BR> Jean Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:43:10 EST A Different View of Halloween A Different View of Halloween <BR> ======================== <BR> A woman was asked by a coworker, <BR> "What is it like to be a Christian?" <BR> <BR> The coworker replied, <BR> <BR> "It is like being a pumpkin. <BR> God picks you from the patch, <BR> brings you in, <BR> and washes all the dirt off of you. <BR> <BR> Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. <BR> He removes the seeds of doubt, <BR> hate, <BR> greed, <BR> etc., <BR> <BR> ...and then He carves you a new... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:32:33 EST Only God keeps you going <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:50:01 EST peace <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stand firm in the knowledge that God holds my life in His hands. <BR> All things on this earth are temporary... God's peace is eternal <BR> <BR> Jean Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:13:01 EST its up to you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this is so true! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> jean Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:29:16 EST good nutrition or disease... your choice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am working on a Group Proposal for one of my classes, I came across this - and wanted to share it, as it is so true!! <BR> <BR> Although not all diseases stem from diet, most do. <BR> And it is a choice. <BR> <BR> We can either eat healthy or we can deal with disease. <BR> <BR> I have iatrogenic kidney disease - caused by a medical procedure or treatment, but some kidney diseases are caused by diet. I am ma... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:01:52 EST loving memory I think someone emailed this to me.. so beautiful! <BR> I miss my dad! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:44:54 EST Do you tell family you LOVE them? My grandkids are my motivation to keep on keeping on! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Last weekend I had three of our six grandkids for most of the weekend. <BR> I need time with my grandbabes, there is healing in spending time with them. They are my legacy. <BR> <BR> Families are changing today - technology has replaced interpersonal interactions. Research shows that newer generations are not traditional in visiting family as back in my day..... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:33:07 EST Stage 2 kidney disease??/ it is possible to change stages?? I got my labs back today - I am officially in stage 2 kidney disease. <BR> <BR> YES, my nephrologist doctor changed my status... my numbers have been consistent for about 2 years, now. <BR> My 1st nephrologist said my status would never be changed - he said as long as my numbers fluctuate, because I was stage 3 when diagnosed, I will always be stage 3... well my new neph changed my status. <BR> <BR> The status of stage 2 or 3 does not worry me, what worries me is this disease - period... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:31:59 EST Happy Fall <em>524</em> <em>223</em> <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> I am back - gearing up for the fall challenge, wanting to lose a bit more weight! I stopped losing when I lost dad... however, I have maintained what I lost... <BR> <BR> I am working through my grief, getting back on track... working out with Coach Nicole - eating healthy. <BR> <BR> I go see my kidney doctor on Tuesday - I know my numbers are not as good as a year ago... I have been doing too much (school 54 hours + a week is not go... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:46:17 EST looking for ways to burn some calories? I dont know where I got this - found it in a draft email <BR> <BR> Based on a 40-year-old 5’5", 140-pound woman. Men, and women weighing over 140 pounds will burn more caloriesduring the same activities.) <BR> Bathing dog (to look and smell pretty for guests!): 15 minutes = 56 calories <BR> Wrapping gifts or making crafts (hello party favors): 30 minutes = 48 <BR> Bagging grass & leaves: 30 minutes = 127 calories <BR> Light baking (of all your favorite treats): 1 hour = 159 calories <BR> Ten... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:36:09 EST Note to my sparkfriends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have decided to take a spark break - I am juggling too many transitions right now... I keep thinking I CAN DO IT ALL - school, spark, continue to help my mom, 60 hours a week of school work (OK that is what it is suppose to be - but I have GREAT professors - my work load is about 12 hours of work a week instead of 20!!! per class I have 3, with the exception of one class it is about 20 +... ) but the truth is I... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:04:34 EST Day 9 - Note to self... Struggling with the juggling.... too much school work and not enough down time! tomorrow morning - spark videos are MINE! Eating healthy... trying to get my kidney disease back on track... stress is bad for me! water, water and more water! More fruits! more Veggies!! and sticking to my plan! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:32:15 EST Day 6 - another transition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am doing my best to BE STILL and just KNOW that HE IS... <BR> <BR> My mom is moving out of my community - 30 miles away. I have been an emotional mess most of the weekend, but I knew this was coming! <BR> <BR> I have been doing well - both getting back to my Kidney friendly foods and getting in my exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Friday mom and I went shopping - we were gone for 5 hours, got a lot of walking in..... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:00:19 EST Day two - back to the videos <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did a 20 minute strength training video yesterday and today I did a 10 minute cardio workout... I am now going for my 10 minute walk. <BR> <BR> I am starting slow - to rebuild my strength. <BR> <BR> Can I just say - I am tired! But the exercise feels GOOD. <BR> <BR> I am getting back to it! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Jean Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:07:53 EST Day one, Doing this for me... getting heathly and strong and dealing with life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am counting my blessings today <BR> <BR> When dad passed away in July I got off track - I have no idea what day I am on - I just know I am struggling to get back on track with consistent exercise (30 - 60 mins a day), better sleep, sticking to my kidney friendly diet and pushing my water. <BR> <BR> So I am trying to regain my focus - I am DOING this for me! I want to look strong and healthy, I want to feel st... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:00:35 EST Jawbone vs fitbit <link><BR>bit-flex-review/ </link> <BR> <BR> To see a fitbit video: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A fitbit tracker is on my Christmas list this year. I am doing my homework - I have read blogs on spark that have to do with the little device too. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share the link for some info I found this morning. <BR> <BR> I will post an updated blog soon. I am busy spending time with family and doing homework and house work. ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:41:37 EST I cannot eat like a college student!!!.. feeling unwell <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This fall's transition back to school is not going well! <BR> <BR> I have an hour drive to school on a good day and on a bad day with lots of traffic it could take an hour and half to two hours. UGH! So I always leave for class atleast two hours before. You never know what you are going to run into. I eat before I leave, take water and apple and other snacks with me. I may eat something when I get home, if I... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:39:19 EST Getting back on track... tracking and doing! Transitions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grief is a hard road! I am doing my best to get back on track with nutrition plan, sleep, exercise, ect. Of course tracking all of it!! <BR> <BR> Today is the first day in a month that I got up and exercised, ate - tracked it all for the day - before I did anything else - trying to pick up the pieces of dad being gone. (dad has been gone a month now - I still pick up my phone and push #3 and he is not there... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:05:12 EST Spark-Jean to Life-Faith - read the meaning here <BR> To have faith in God is not knowing that God exists or knowing that he will act, rather it is that the one with emunah will act with firmness toward God's will. <BR> <BR> I live my life by faith! Without God as my Rock! Jesus as my Savior! and the Holy Spirit as my Comforter - I am nothing but Dust that is Lost and Alone! <BR> <BR> OK if you saw my other update about Emuna-hhai - I had second thoughts and just changed my name to english - and what I exactly wanted to say. <B... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:31:46 EST The Snooze Button <BR> The Snooze Button <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> What if life had a snooze button? <BR> <BR> It does. <BR> <BR> It is labeled procrastination. <BR> <BR> A snooze button simply allows you to stay where you are a little <BR> while longer instead of getting up and going. <BR> <BR> That's exactly what procrastination is. <BR> <BR> There is a funny thing about sleeping after you hit the snooze <BR> button on an alarm clock; it seems like that sleep is more <BR> precious. Not only i... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:52:39 EST Embracing of Military Cenetary Thank you spark-friends for encouraging me to blog about my grief and for your continued support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Half way through my degree in Psychology - I had a bit of a talk with myself (yes, it is OK to have a conversation with yourself sometimes), and decided to embrace my grief for my dad. There are a few stages to grief - one is denial - I refuse to live in denial - to honor my dad, I want to feel everything that I am feeling right now - the raw pain of his being gone f... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:07:43 EST Vacation, missing dad, getting ready...setting new goals <img src=""> <BR> The "Big Mac" Mackinaw Bridge - St. Ignace Michigan <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the night sky in St. Ignace from uptop a sovenier shop <BR> We did the walking tour in St. Ignace Friday and Saturday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We did the walking tour in Mackinaw City - stopped at a rodeside park and almost wa... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:14:40 EST Functioning but not well... leaving Thurs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am having the most difficult time with my perception right now. I am trying to think clearly but cannot. I cannot seem to make a clear or good decision - everything seems OFF - if I turn right I should have turned left. <BR> <BR> I miss my dad so very much! I am tired of the family drama... some of us are still in denial, others blame ME for the decisions made for dad's care in the end (I am OK with the decis... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:20:07 EST An Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Too much is going on and I do not have enough down time to de-stress or exercise. I am worried about my kidney health right now and I cannot even keep up with my tracking or anything else that is on-line. I am finally feeling a bit better, cannot wait to be 100%. I hate being sick ontop of grieving. <BR> <BR> There is so much family "drama" from dad's death that is ridiculous! I keep getting bad news one thi... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:47:10 EST I am sick..ugh! Staying busy... Yesterday after I posted my blog - I went to the drs as my asthma has been a bit out of whack! I have a bout of bronchitis... ugh!. <BR> <BR> My grandson's 6th birthday party is today and I am home. I never miss my grandkids parties, but I was up until 4:30 with breathing treatments and wheezing. I had three hot baths, three breathing treatments, hot tea and crackers, as the meds make me nauseous. Everytime I fell asleep I would wake within a few minutes wheezing so bad I could not ca... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:13:30 EST chose to have a better day yesterday <img src=""> <BR> I think my sil sent this to me, I am thankful my faith is not wavering! God is so faithful and good! <BR> <BR> I chose to not let my grief overcome me yesterday. I went and picked up my granddaughter, Ana and we baked all day and crocheted a bit. I caught myself twice saying, "I will take some of these to great-papa".. then I remembered. I needed the day with unconditional love and activity. I took it! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:10:07 EST my grief is so raw <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dad's passion was family, camping and fishing. We did these things many times in my childhood, then there was about a 13 year gap... when mom and dad got back together, we had many family camping and fishing trips. My new saying for dad: the first part of dad's life he fished for fish, the second part of dad's life he fished for men, sharing his Love and passion of Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> My grief is so raw - I a... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:30:10 EST Character Character <BR> ========== <BR> <BR> Character is often determined not by when we do what we must, <BR> but by when we do what is voluntary. <BR> <BR> It is tested far more by charity, than obligation. <BR> <BR> It appears not so much in what the public sees, <BR> but shows itself clearer in what is done in private. <BR> <BR> <BR> ~A MountainWings Original~ Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:01:31 EST Honoring Dad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My fav pic of dad and I. I LOVE YOU MUCH! MISS YOU MORE! I picked up my phone to call you a few times in the last few days... I will just talk to Jesus more! When I pick up the phone and push #3.... Jesus will have to tell you everything I have to say. My heart is broken by the missing of you! (and people think I am nuts when I play your message to me from your birthday TWO years ago..singing Happy Birthday to me..... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:39:08 EST Missing dad... my iconic pic of him and the story of his ministry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dad passed away Thursday - I was holding his hand. and had been by his side for almost 9 hours when he went home to be with Jesus. <BR> <BR> My dad was a fisherman all of his life. He first had a love for fishing for fish, later in his life he became a fisher of men. <BR> We will never know how many he led to the Lord, as he had a tape ministry - he shared his love of the Lord by giving away tapes that explained G... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:32:06 EST Day 84/ I am inspired/I am dealing with family issues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I did two spark videos by memory... I almost have them down pat - but I used my X-factor for my strength training instead of just my bands. <BR> <BR> I also worked in the yard for a bit. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning with dread! But I have maintained my loss.. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> AND <BR> I am so inspired! Clothes I have not been able to get into for almost 5 years - ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:11:12 EST Days 82 & 83/ assignments 9-11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been staying on track with my food, water, exercise,ect.. sleep too <BR> <BR> I got in three spark videos yesterday and two today... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Assignment #9 <BR> Know your numbers. <BR> <BR> What your goal is to reach 5% and your measurements. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Assignment #10 - cleaned the fridge and cupboards, shopped for my kidney healthy diet (always), stock... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:45:18 EST Day 80- 81 - Assignments 4-8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My back is doing better, but still not 100%. <BR> I am going to do a few back exercises today with Coach Nicole. <BR> <BR> I am trying to catch up for The summer 5% challenge so here are my assignments. <BR> <BR> Assignment 4 <BR> My trigger time is after dinner - I tend to have a cup of tea. Once in a while I crave sugar after dinner, so I will have a cookie with my tea. Then a bit later I crave a salty snack. I... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:03:36 EST