MARYANNSQUEST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARYANNSQUEST MARYANNSQUEST'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/ YESTERDAY WAS DOC'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726470 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well yesterday, was my 6 months check up with my neurologist and all sorta went well. My coollid cyst hasn't grown <em>224</em> Yea!!!! But the disk in my neck aren't doing so well so I am now required to wear a neck brace <em>39</em> Then now I am on some pain meds , YUK all who have know me well know how I hate pain meds , because of my brothers experience with them. <BR> <BR> Anyway I am very happy cuz then we went to my PCP. He's my favorite doc ever ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:14:24 EST Boc Choy = 0, Grandsons trying = 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706478 I have the most adorable two young men staying with me this weekend! My grandsons last day of school was yesterday and they were so excited to tell me what fabulous day they had! They wanted to cook dinner tonight and I love watching them when they are in the Kitchen, so they made pork chops, corn, a fruit salad and some bok choy . They never had bok choy before so it was a delight to see their faces when they tried it . Zeak doesn't like any thing that's green, but he said it was whi... Fri, 30 May 2014 02:00:33 EST COOKING IS MY PASSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703102 Today, I went grocery shopping for some new recipes that I found on the web! They seem easy to prepare and looking at the nutritional facts they seem to fit my journey to my healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I've always considered my journey a lifestyle change not a diet from day one of my journey. I first started it with the Biggest Loser cookbooks, in fact I have all the cook books that have come out. Then, I was looking for a recipe and found SparkPeople. My DH says that we are goin... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:11:59 EST 5% Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702444 The 8th week of the 5% challenge has started today! The challenge has been a rewarding one in many ways. I've always loved Spark people because you are with many friends that are going thru a similar situation that you are. Learning how to start the journey to a healthier lifestyle can be hard or even boring, but with the your Spark Friends and the 5% challenge it brings a lot of becoming more at ease with the long journey you may have ahead of you. <BR> <BR> It challenges you to hel... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:05:32 EST Maxie visit to the Vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681319 Yesterday my puppy Maxie ( she is really almost 15 years old) went to the vet because she wasn't feeling well. Blood work done. Her Awesome Pawesome Vet said the count showed a possible of two things. One: a very low immune system or Two: Liver Cancer. The second one is scary. Dr C said that also cataracts are forming over her eyes. He said, she is doing super good for a 90 year old women. LOL. Maxie will always be my puppy. So Maxi is now on two meds., prednesone for her low count an... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:40:42 EST SPIRITED UNDERDAWGS ARE SO PAWESOME AWESOME!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659644 Hi all you new PUP's and Dawgies, <BR> <BR> It is so Pawesome Awesome to see so many new Pups in the Kennel. I am so excited for the start of the Journey of the 5% Challenge this Spring. We are so wonderful, and I know your paws are ready to travel to really neat places. <BR> <BR> Let me Introduce Myself: I am Maryann, (Maryannsquest) the teams Motivational Leader, Now what does a motivational leader do. My happiest time is to make sure you are having fun , but challenge yourse... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:45:02 EST Tribute to my Big Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604845 This week has been a very stressful week for me and my family. On Dec 1 I lost my dad, Dec 10 I lost my Uncle Kenny ( the last of my dads brothers),Jan 8th my DH nieces father pasted and then suddlenly by big brother passed away on Jan 18th. <BR> <BR> MY brother was my protecter when I was young. He always made sure that my friends knew he would be there to make sure his little sister was well protective. He was a veteran and served in the gulf war. <BR> <BR> Then he became a computer spe... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:19:38 EST TODAY HAS BEEN A SAD AND HAPPY DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590805 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well today started off sad, I found out that my Dad's brother, my Uncle Kenny passed away. So my family has lost some wonderful family in the last couple months. I know they are in a good place, playing football like they did when they were together. So, tonight instead of routing for the Saints or the Seahawks, I betting the 4 Daniels brothers are winning their game. <BR> <BR> The good news, We adopted a cute little 14 month furbaby . Her name is Lucy Bell... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:12:30 EST Winter 5% Challenge "Countdown to Challenge Assignments" #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578055 Today's assignment for the Winter 5% Challenge is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight in a blog. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> I would like to continue to change my lifestyle to a healthy one! <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? <BR> Healthy <BR> <BR> How do you want to feel? <BR> Happy <BR> <BR> What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? <BR> I would like to really have a fun day with my kids, grandkids, and family <BR> ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:28:59 EST The Tribute To A Wonderful Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561541 Today at 1:00 p.m. we laid my beloved father to rest. I was happy he was no longer in pain and that he is with my mom. The saddest part was when the taps were played and hearing the 21 gun salute and the color guard folded the american flag and presented it to me with saying that wonderful message, " On behalf a greatful nation". <BR> <BR> <BR> It was such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man that served his country for almost 30 years. This wonderful man was a great husband, father, ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:03:31 EST A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554624 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806247951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My life began in a family of two wonderful parents and a older sister and brother; Today was a day of saddest when my father passed away. I am thankful that he now has no more pain and that he is with my mother now. <BR> <BR> He was a very wonderful man, he taught me right from wrong, and asked that I be strong and I would go a long way in life. The military was most of his life, and he fought in the Vietn... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:42:13 EST Pawesome Awesome Spirited Underdawgs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491710669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I feel in love with this little Dawgie, when I was browsing for some Dawgie Pictures! It says it all, because my fellow SUD's mean so much to me. This Fall Challenge Team has been a blessing, they have worked hard and achieved a lot! One more week to go and they all have always put their four paws forward and Keep pushing! <BR> <BR> How much fun it will be in the Winter Challenge and I hope that all ou... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:06:23 EST Day Four- THREE WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE ( 11-4-13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532533 4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> I get motivated by really just following thru with everything that I need to do for my healthier life style, Plus my Spark buddy has really been helping a lot. My family is stepping it up to o and following thru with eating (just wish I could get them to follow thru more ) but I know if I keep up with my meeting my goals they will get motivated to follow me. I can't forget all the motivation I get from all the n... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 02:01:28 EST Day Three- Three Week Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531471 3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? <BR> <BR> My long term goal is to see my great- grandchildren. That is going to take a journey of staying healthy and lively. My mom missed seeing her great grandchildren by 3 months. That hit all of her children hard. Because She asked to see her great grandchildren before she passed away from Lung Cancer. We made plans for all the family to be together but her one wish was all in our minds w... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:36:52 EST Day 2 -THREE WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530520 Question # 2: <BR> <BR> Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-t2erm goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal? <BR> <BR> I would be able to do more fun activities with my entire family. Not have sad thoughts when I look at myself in a mirror. All in all just maintain all my healthy figures, such as my blood pressure and cholesterol. <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------- <BR> Read my l... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 23:53:15 EST Starting a new Challenge 3 WEEK BLOG CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529603 One of my fellow Dawgies blogged about a three week blog challenge. So here we go. <BR> <BR> Question Number #1: <BR> <BR> Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it? <BR> <BR> My first and top goal is to make my journey to a healthy lifestyle! I have recently been very diligent in tracking, calorie watching, and exercising . My 5% Cha... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:29:02 EST OVEREATING IS IT A WASTE ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525120 Today when I was reading the Beck diet Book, I was surprised when today you were to over portion your plate. Though, when you eat just eat the portion. Then the leftovers throw it in the trash. The thought that needed to come across was if you have to waste food that you don't eat you have a choice to throw it in the trash or throw it away in your body. Each is a waste of food! If you think about this daily your road to eating portions will be a fantastic journey to your weight loss. ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:40:47 EST UNPLANNED EATING YOU HAVE A CHOICE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524285 I had a choice today when my DH asked if I would like to have a breakfast sandwich or stick to my plan of eating oatmeal. <BR> <BR> One of my biggest challenges thru the years has been avoiding the food that is not on my meal plan!. I now choose to not eat unplanned meals! Since I have been creating my daily plan of things I need to do, its been a lot easier to say no to unplanned meals. If I know I am going to be out for lunch I will plan to eat healthy when in a restaurant or eve... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:38:21 EST GETTING READY FOR TOMORROW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523483 Tomorrow we start on a new LTGL (Living the good Life) with our journey to Amsterdam on the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> The LTGL is to eat 3 meals a day! The best way I make sure to eat the 3 meals is plan ahead! So tomorrow I am going to have a nice bowl of oatmeal to warm me up in the morning, and a pumpkin spice muffin. For Lunch, I am going to have a Salad , and for Dinner I will be making a Roast in my slow cooker. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning I will get everything ready for each meal... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:39:37 EST LEARNING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUNGER, DESIRE AND CRAVINGS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522726 Today I charted my just wanting to eat, actually being hungry and having a craving. <BR> <BR> Since being on SparkPeople, I have worked on these three feelings pretty much daily. I an proud to say that thru the years I now can tell if if is a desire to eat, a hunger pain or just a craving for something that looks fantastically Yummy. <BR> <BR> Today I reassured myself that my desire,hunger, and cravings still can be noticed by me. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> I read my list of reasons w... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:11:27 EST Two Days Blogging put Together! Dad/Ready Set/ Time Mgt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518058 The 18th: <BR> <BR> I read my book, and it had us organizing, so I just checked my cabinets and stuff ( I had already done it so many times, plus do it monthly just to make sure there is no bad unhealthy food in the house, plus make sure there is lots of vegis, and fruit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (the 18th) I got a call from my sister and they rushed by dad to the Hospital because the VA Home is staying at thought he was having a heart attack. We were blessed thou because it wasn't one, but his... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:27:28 EST Spark Buddies/ MY DIL (my coach at home) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516441 The book, I am reading now says to hook up with a coach,, so that every so often, she or he can checked up on you and make sure you are heading in the right direction to a healthier lifestyle by doing what needs to be done. <BR> <BR> Well, I have lots of SparkFriends that I consider my buddies, and when we get going on the Challenge those that want a buddy will be assigned one. That is so much fun to do, because you will not be able to cheat on your lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> So, Yes I... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:25:33 EST Building My Confidence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515664 Today I was to Give myself Credit ( the response card) <BR> <BR> An example was that if I saw one of my friends do something fantastic, I would compliant her and praise her. So I am to compliment myself if I do anything fantastic, or great. <BR> <BR> So Here Goes: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sabotaging thought: I haven't really done anything that difficult! <BR> <BR> Response: It doesn't matter if its difficult or not, I need to build up my confidence by giving myself credit when I do somet... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:06:03 EST EAT MINDFULLY!/ Computer melt down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514745 Hi All! <BR> <BR> Well today started off real good, I had a nice breakfast and a nice lunch, then decided to do some sparking . I got 16 oz glass of water and set it down close to my lap top and began to type, when my beloved kitten Garfield decided to come up and start to drink the water. Garfield has a cute habit of when he is thru with eating or drinking he puts his pretty paws and then knocks over the bowl or water. Well, I usually put a top on my drinks, that way if it spills it not ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:33:36 EST Sit Down to Eat / Do It Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513765 Well reading the book , by Dr.Beck, the third day says to eat all your meals sittiing down. <BR> <BR> Why I like that little message is because I have always sat down when eating, The sabotage thought: would be sitting down in the car count. No that's the fast food way! <BR> <BR> Each day you repeat a to do list: So as of today I read my reasons why I wanted to Loss Weight, and read my first response card " DO IT ANYWAY". I did sit down for breakfast, both snacks, lunch and dinn... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:41:43 EST My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512731 This is a true story : I would like to dedicate it to all the pups and dawgs on the Spirited Underdogs team. <BR> <BR> Many years ago ,don't remember the year, I was diagnosed with a colloid cyst in my brain. At that time I weighed a nice 180 pounds and was doing fine I thought. Well my neurologist keep me in the hospital planned brain surgery on the Saturday coming up. Then he surprised me and said he was going to get a second opinion to make sure he had the right diagnoses. He sent i... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:00:06 EST Reasons for losing my weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511873 About a weeks ago, I got interested in a diet book that was mostly about Cognitive Therapy. The book is the "Beck Diet". Well I started reading it, and came to realize I like SparkPeople tons better, because I have as many Diet ( don't like the word Diet, lets try ) Lifestyle Coaches I want but I am going to try some of the things also in the Workbook! <BR> Tonight I made a list of my Reasons for losing my weight: <BR> <BR> They are: <BR> <BR> Me, My Family Present, and MY Future Genera... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:01:15 EST Meet my furbabies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470861 My daughter who is a Vet Tech has brought home some cuties in the past years, she is in the process of becoming a Veterinarian. Thought today I would introduce my furbabies: <BR> <BR> Meet Maxielouise: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654764229.jpg"> <BR> She is a lab with some English sheep dog in her. She October 30th will celebrate her 15th birthday! Her favorite thing to do is lay in my DH chair. <BR> <BR> Meet Crackerjack: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:38:48 EST Hours between meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467531 Ok! so I am the dumb one here! As long as I been on sparkpeople, I know that there are ups and downs to the process of changing your life style. Well this morning while I was reading the SparkCoach I pretty much put my hand to my head and hit it like the V8 commercial! <BR> <BR> I haven't been eating my meals and snacks at a 3-4 hours program. DUH! So I am not only changing my exercise routine today, I am making sure I eat every 3-4 hours!. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 7a.m. <BR> Snack: 10 a.m... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:14:41 EST Daughters are wonderful!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461564 My daughters have been so wonderful today! They wouldn't let me move a muscle to do any of my chores today, and when it came to my exercise they made sure I didn't go against my doctors wishes! It was kind of cool because I was able to do the low maintenance exercises thru out the day and still get 120 minutes in. <BR> <BR> Then they made vegi pizzas for dinner. The boys showed off their jello molds they made today, plus they made chocolate coconut cookies ! YUM YUM! Proud of myself I onl... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:59:15 EST Grandkids treated us to a Vegi Pasta Dish: YUM, YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460414 Woo Hoo! <em>244</em> <BR> Do I have some fantastic chefs in my family! My Grandkids tonight made dinner. They are 7 and 9 years old and we had a very large zucchini and they decided to cube up the zucchini and some carrots and made a vegi pasta dish! The eldest sautéed onions and then put the zucchini, and carrots to steam. and he cooked the pasta. Then he combined the steamed vegi, spaghetti sauce, pasta and count it four cheeses : feta, mozzarella, cheddar, and parm. The youngest... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:59:29 EST Up date on Falling head over heals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459134 Well! I was in so much pain, we went to the clinic this morning just to check things out! <BR> Found out I have a bruised rib, and a tiny hairline fracture in the bottom of my foot! So I am now resting .. <BR> <BR> The first question I asked to my favorite doc (yea, he was on duty) was how can I exercise now! He laughed and said well you can do some arm exercise as long as you don't move your rib, you got to let it heal and you can do a one legged leg lift, just let your other heal ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:54:33 EST Falling head over heals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458384 Well today has been an interesting day! Not only did I pretty much stay up all night, (Thank goodness the Sleep Challenge for our 5% Challenge ended), but I was heading out to the kitchen to get the meat ready for dinner tonight! When Low and Behold, I wasn't watching where I was going and totally tripped over my puppy dog Maxi. My whole body feel straight flat and yes I was shocked! The yell came, my DH came, and then came the laughter. Yes, I said, "Thank God, my tummy fat broke the fall... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:14:15 EST IronMan Competition and Cousin + Trainer = Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406533 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well this weekend has been real exciting! I reached my 5% goal this week <em>334</em> and am really happy about that. My Trainer is a good one, he really makes me work at me doing great! This morning we watched my husbands cousin compete in the IronMan Competition at Buffalo Springs near Lubbock. It was really cool to Watch. We talked later and he said he would look in on me from time to time because it will help. Motivation and Determination we talked about a lot... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:07:18 EST Getting the Spark Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364804 Today, I have spent my "me" time reading blogs from other Spark Friends! <BR> This is why I love Spark People, You can read about others who have gone throu some of the same situations that you have had and know that they are here for you. <BR> <BR> I am 170 pounds overweight and will celebrate my 60th birthday in September. I need to ( let me re word that) I have to get going and lose this weight. My Doctor has limited me to only some exercising so I know it will be a slow process, but I ... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:28:48 EST LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGI'S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361225 Yesterday, my grandkids went with their mom grocery shopping. They got to the produce section and decided to pick out fruits and vegi's to eat over Grandma's house this weekend!. <BR> <BR> So this weekend we have eaten green beans, carrots, egg plant,cucumbers,oranges, apples, bananas, apricots, grapes (green and red), Stir fry vegis,watermelon, strawberries. <BR> <BR> They really enjoyed all the fruit and helped preparing it was a blast. They said," This was going to be a healthy weekend"... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:20:16 EST CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353269 Hi Every One! <BR> <BR> On my 5% Challenge team "THE SPIRITED UNDERDOGS' our fearless leader Diane <BR> asked me to write about my visit with my doctor! <BR> <BR> Every few years I have to get an MRI because I have a Colloid Cyst in my Brain. Is it dangerous? It can be. I was lucky and they found it early where they just need to monitor it. If it gets to a certain size then they will remove it. They cause severe headaches, and double vision, and my balance is off sometimes. <BR> <BR> Wh... Sat, 11 May 2013 16:55:31 EST May 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345862 Hi EveryOne: <BR> <BR> Well, I know this blog is late! I did it again, fell a sleep. My calorie range was off today.Why because I fell a sleep and missed dinner, but the good news is I got a good 7 hours sleep. <BR> <BR> Still working on my blanket for my dad! <BR> <BR> Exercised : 30 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes DVD. <BR> <BR> Going to work on the sleep thing. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all my SparkFriends Sun, 5 May 2013 02:09:58 EST May 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344977 Hi EveryOne! <BR> <BR> I feel asleep early, so I decided I was still going to write what happened even thou it is 1:19 in the morning . <BR> <BR> I had a really nice day! Getting ready for the grandkids to spend the weekend. They found out that Grandpy (Hubby) bought a pasta machine and asked if they could make some for dinner tomorrow. So, we decided to try a whole wheat pasta recipe I found. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise: I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes with a Dance DVD (... Sat, 4 May 2013 02:25:35 EST May 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343789 Today has been a great day! Woke up real early because daughter in law had outpatient surgery and got her to the hospital. Came home and started doing exercise and housework! Breakfast was good! Lunch ok,and dinner was ok. Not my best thou. <BR> Worked on the croqueted blanket for my dad . <BR> <BR> Stuck to my Calorie Range: 2 <BR> Stuck to my exercise: 2 <BR> Had Me time: 2 <BR> Blogged: 2 <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 23:06:36 EST May Starts a new Beginning for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342604 Ok! I have been really down on myself the past couple of weeks, trying to get back in the groove of living a healthier life. I revamped all my hopes and dreams of a healthier me. <BR> <BR> I have one more mountain to climb and that will be on the 7th of this month.My visit with my neurologist. He will be checking my latest MRI and seeing how my Colloid Cyst is doing. I think that's the scary part of my life that I have to live. I know that God is watching over me and for the past 8 years... Wed, 1 May 2013 22:51:39 EST Autism Awareness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309142 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775934784.jpg"> <BR> Today is Autism Awareness Day! My wonderful grandson Nicolas is one of the special children with Autism. He is the Apple of my eye, and I love him dearly. His Mom and Dad have been the best . We are Lighting Up our World in Blue today to make All Aware of Autism. <BR> <BR> Hugs to All my SparkFriends <BR> Mary Ann Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:44:35 EST Weigh-in (one step back-two steps forward) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279899 Gosh! I had a lot of stress this week, and you can tell it by my weigh in this morning. So here goes, one step back- two steps forward! I have to think positive and get back into the groove of everything! Good thing is I did eat lots of fruit, but I let myself go overboard in the emotion eating phase of worrying. <BR> <BR> So, heres todays plan: <BR> <BR> Eat my fruit and veggies <em>265</em> <em>69</em> <BR> Exercise: Tredmill, and a dvd today. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:20:46 EST How am I doing Day by Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275105 Well today started off kinda sad! Yesterday was a sad day too! All in All thou the fruit is still on the table and my family is really getting into the habit of eating the fruit daily. My prayers were answered and everything is ok. <BR> <BR> The sad part of this challenge is that I didn't blog yesterday because I was worrying about the outcome of my dad and placing him in the VA Home. The outcome is that my dad spent his first day in the home and is doing well. <BR> <BR> So I am workin... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:38:49 EST How am I going to get in the Habit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271863 Well Day two of the 5% Challenge of forming a new Habit is working! <BR> <BR> How am I going to make it a habit! First the Fruit is definitely on the dining room table! Then I definitely know it is in plain sight! Today I was able to eat 4 pieces of fruit. My family in turn grab when they thought about it! Hey, I thought that was a success because they are eating more fruit then they have been. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:32:22 EST A New Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270260 This week for part of our 5% challenge we are to blog daily with a new habit. Day One is The New Habit. <BR> <BR> I really have a lot of habits that I have really worked on since joining SparkPeople. One of them is having fresh fruit in the house, but as my daughter has told me out of sight out of mind. So I am going to make sure daily that a bowl of fruit is on the dining room table. I do eat my fruits daily, but I believe this habit will not only help me, but also my whole family. <B... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 20:31:51 EST Have a Grateful Day Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254429 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63891041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Found this on a site called Sweet Tea and Cornbread, made me think of how you can find a way to be grateful for everything happening and everyone that is a part of your life. <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:32:49 EST test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251822 please work Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:20:29 EST So Here I Go Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230331 How many times have I started over with my Lifestyle Change. I know when I am consistent it works. The past couple months I have been in worry mode, because my siblings and myself are taking care of my father who now is being transferred to live in a VA Nursing Care facility. The legal stuff alone has made all of us stressful, but I have held my head up high, and know that my father will be in great care and he will be 5 minutes away from my sister. The Good Lord has walked with us the wh... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:41:48 EST All Test Results Are In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132525 Got a phone call today from my doc! I was waiting all weekend long worried about what the results were going to be! The tech that did my blood work was saying that one of the test they call the tattle tell test. It doesn't lie on what all my numbers are. <BR> <BR> Doc said that my blood sugar level was normal and all the other test came out normal and good. Then he said lets now concentrate on getting the weight off. He gave me the go ahead on letting me go back to my regular exercise ro... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:04:22 EST