MARYANNSQUEST's SparkPeople Blog MARYANNSQUEST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5% Summer Challenge 1 - Introduction & Exercise Plan/ thru #4 Win Today Countdown activities have started and Here is : <BR> <BR> #1. Introduction and Exercise Plan <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? Yes <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? Walking, DVD's <BR> <BR> Did you post your Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? Yes <BR> <BR> #2: Check list <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? Portion control and not more th... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:46:25 EST June 1st Hi All <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Well I am going to try to start Blogging daily. I need to be more accountable for my journey to a healthier life style. So here goes: <BR> <BR> The Summer 5% Challenge Spark page is up , so I can't wait for it to start. I hope to see all my chefs back for the Summer. I went shopping yesterday for groceries that I needed for my planned meals for the next 2 weeks I was kinda worried that it would be a high grocery bill , but I was really surprised that i... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:33:34 EST Meet our New Furbaby Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to PetsSmart with my DD and my puppy Maxi, Maxi to get her a toy since she was so good at the Vets. We always go look at the puppies that need adopted when we go . I saw this cute one that was in the corner of her cage and I noticed everyone was just passing her cage. I went up and put my finger next to the door and she came up and starting licking it. I was hooked. The foster came over and asked if I needed any help and I just said, "I would like ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:30:10 EST Happy Meter is high with New Test! Today I went to my 2nd Doctors visit with my new doctor! It was a good one! All my blood work came back good. No Diabetics, all the counts where in the good range. (Happy Meter went up <em>334</em> <em>334</em> ) He said all we need to do is get the weight off to make me feel better. He discontinued two of my meds, because he said I didn't need them anymore. So now instead of two blood pressure meds I am on one and he said I will be taken off the other one when I hit the 100 # g... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:13:18 EST In between Challenge- Space Scuttle Bustle Even thou I am sadden that the Winter Challenge is ending today. I am so excited that my team mates are continuing on their journey to a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the In between Challenge before the Spring Challenge Woo Hoo! The Theme is traveling the Circumference of the Earth. What team will be the first to journey around the earth first. Its only 24,000 miles. We are going to see the beautiful universe and the earth below. <BR> <BR> I am so tickled that 8 ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:24:44 EST New Doctor! Good Visit! Today, I went to see my new Doctor, since my wonderful fantastic Doc retired as of the first of this month. I picked a good one. All my test came out great!. He was amazed at all the test results. Then we talked about my weight. <BR> <BR> 1. He was proud of me for losing the amount of weight I have lost in the 3 months after my hospital visit. <BR> 2.He loved it that I was eating Nutrisystem <BR> 3. Told me that 70% eating habit, 30% exercise. <BR> 4. No salt what so ever! <BR> 5. ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:07:24 EST 5% Winter Challenge #1 Check list for Getting Started! <em>213</em> ALL <BR> <BR> CHECK LIST <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? YES <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? LOTS OF WALKING AND UPPER BODY EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Did you post your Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? YES <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Maryann <BR> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:25:59 EST Day Seven Hi all, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Well today was a good day, My champions had a great day. <BR> <BR> I meet my calorie range <BR> I was below my sodium range <BR> Did my exercise (had to do indoors Tons of Rain) <BR> <BR> Then I had a restful day, I came to the conclusion that it was one of those rainy day,sleep ones. The Bad part is I am up right now and its like 3 in the morning. So I am going to add to my goals going to bed at a decent time. <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good w... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:54:44 EST Day Five and Day Six HI all , <BR> <BR> Well Day Five and Day Six are combined, Yes I forgot to Blog, Why well, I was busy trying to get everything in order for the Challenge that starts Today! Woo Hoo Champions!!!! Even being Busy like I was I am so proud that I didn't waiver from my meal planes and exercise. <BR> <BR> So here's the Basics: Day Five <BR> <BR> Was in my Calorie Range <BR> Was in my Sodium Range <BR> Enjoyed and Did my exercise inside , Totally rainy day. <BR> Feeling Awesome about me. <BR> ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:07:05 EST Day Four <em>213</em> <BR> Today has been a rainy day! So did all my exercise inside! Got really creative for dinner tonight and made MeatBalls ! <BR> <BR> Stuck to my meal Plan <BR> Was a little off on the low side of my calories, <BR> Didn't go over in sodium! <BR> <BR> Accomplished all my Champion in the Kitchen post done for today! We are really going to have a great challenge, Being CL is really awesome. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a great tomorrow. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:52:29 EST Day Three <em>213</em> <BR> Today, was a nice day, thou we were expecting Rain, and it came around 6 this evening. So all in all it was good day. My new plan has survived 3 days and I really feel real good. <BR> <BR> Everything went well! Today <BR> <BR> Followed my meal plan! <BR> <BR> Calories were in range <BR> <BR> Sodium was in range <BR> <BR> Exercise was good! <BR> <BR> Had fun with the fur babies, and presently crocheting some hats for my daughters, and grand kids hope to g... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:10:18 EST DAY TWO hI ALL! <BR> <BR> Day two was fastastic ! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Met Calorie Range <BR> Sodium under Yea! <BR> Exercise was great! <BR> Played catch outside with my furbabies! <BR> <BR> Two days of eating clean is so awesome! I really thought it might be hard, but I have really got it going! <BR> <BR> Hope all have a fantastic tomorrow! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:38:43 EST Day One Ok, I decided to revap my eating, so since I do portion control. I bought the 21 day fix plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Was in my Calorie Range <BR> 2. Was in my Sodium Range ( <em>244</em> , I am so amazed) <BR> 3. Got my 30 minutes of exercise done! <BR> 4. DH is on it too! ( want's to lose 20 pounds) Double <em>244</em> <BR> 5. Did some Heavy Housecleaning!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I can tell the difference in the Clean Eating. Once I get going, I know it will be Awesome when I get used to eve... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:29:28 EST Starting again from day one <em>213</em> I remember when first joining Spark people I was so accountable on making sure I did every thing on the page of getting spark points. I would start from the bottom and work my way up the list. That slowly went by the way side in the years to come. I still tracked, watched what I ate and watched my calories. I truly believe now is the time to get back in the habit of reading the list and accomplishing the list. So as of today I am setting a goal. <BR> <BR> The goal is to mak... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:36:53 EST YESTERDAY WAS DOC'S DAY 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 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 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 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 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!!!! 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 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! 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 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 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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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) 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 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 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 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 ? 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 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! 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! 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 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) 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! 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 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 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 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! 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! 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=""> <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=" Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:38:48 EST Hours between meals 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!!!! 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! 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! 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! 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 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! 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 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