MASTERCARE's SparkPeople Blog MASTERCARE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I was last.... I have really worked on my nutrition since May and am very comfortable with my program. I have been fairly steady with losses. I thought the time had come to work on fitness. Yesterday, I did my first K anything and it was a <em>365</em> . I have been looking so forward to doing this. I was anxious...excited..and also afraid I would be LAST. <BR> <BR> Michigan is experiencing a horrid September with heat waves. I hate walking in humid conditions...but really did so this past wee... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:53:52 EST Never say Never.... After a two year absence, I have returned to sparks on a more consistent bases. I left BLC after Alice passed away. My grief and yes, guilt, was too deep to continue on without my friend. In those two years, I have gained a tremendous amount of weight, but have lost half of that in the past year. My goal is to lose 20 more to be at lifetime with wws...and ten on top of that for a personal goal. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would want to return to BLC.....I thought there was a time and... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:10:19 EST Summer Smiles...... Just recently I spoke with two different friends that were depressed about their weight loss progress. The bottom line was that there was no progress for they weren't doing it. I listened till I could speak. They wanted the results, but they didn't want to change their habits. They had to WANT to do this and accept the fact that true change had to transpire or they would always be in the same place. I suggested they find the why they don't want too and work on that. <BR> <BR> Then to ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:36:49 EST The Summer of my Content..... Since last June I have been working on myself....and pretty much by myself. To be honest, I needed that time. I did. I had gained so much weight after the passing of a good friend. My grief and guilt overwhelmed me. I become slightly distant from others for I was afraid. SO....I gained. Then in June, I started small and actually by accident. A new three month journal was about to be started. I looked at it for the longest time and promised myself that I would actually use it for the... Sat, 28 May 2016 18:32:29 EST Solitude of my mind This past week we were given a slight preview on what weight watchers has in store for us in these next two months. April is/will be considered the walking month. Starting on March 1st, for those that wish to come early to the meeting, can do a mini walking challenge. From March to April we will be working on a new charm....TREK your CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I have always loved these charms. I have always put my all into earning them. I have never taken them lightly. Last summer was the ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:40:03 EST Dependence...... Even though I have not blogged in quite sometime....I am still quietly here. I have been lost in thought and actions on who I am and what I wish to accomplish. Sometimes I am have been so overwhelmed with deep cemented honesty...that my fears surfaced with such emotions that I had to face my inner reality. <BR> <BR> I am a professional weight watchers member without the scale supporting my identity. <BR> <BR> When I first joined weight watchers...I just didn't want to gain anymore wei... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:56:54 EST Dear Sherry..... This past meeting spoke volumes to me. I am not saying that the concept of PROTEIN opened my eyes persey, but it did all the same. I got it...but not in the sense you would imagine. <BR> <BR> I am not one for spending time watching the BOOB my grandmother use to call the tv. I am one for being online. I have been fortunate to have met wonderful friends in various groups. My groups tend to share the common theme of weight loss. <BR> <BR> I like....... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:18:23 EST Let's do this...... Yesterday on FB...I had posted that I had gone grocery shopping and I was excited for the week ahead.....I had spent the time to plan and prep for this upcoming week. I was positive....I was excited. A childhood friend left a comment that she needed me back in her life for she had null motivation. <BR> <BR> I was taken aback. It quite frankly ....depressed me. I thought of my friend. I have known her since I was a small child....even before school. We lived across the street from o... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:06:45 EST Come on get happy! Weight Watcher this month.....this Summer is taking the approach on being HAPPY. For the next 12 weeks......we shall be focusing on finding joy. Living ...doing weight watchers is not just eating healthy and fitness, but about finding that inner peace that we CAN do well. It is finding that balance. <BR> <BR> I can see that......for...the better you FEEL about yourself....the smarter the choices one can make. <BR> <BR> Our homework this week was to write ONE thing each day ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:07:31 EST Summer of my Contentment.... Today was weight watchers...and...I was actually LOOKING FORWARD to going! I wanted my starting point for my personal twelve summer challenge. I ...was prepared to accept that number on the scale ...whatever it would be. To my delight....I was down from the previous week by 1.4 I smiled. <BR> <BR> I went and took my spot. Everyone has THEIR seat at the meetings. We may not always know each other's name, but we know we each sits! I thought of my friend Peggy....she also... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:13:55 EST Finding my Way.... It has been awhile since I have blogged......and that is okay. I have been trying to find my way back......and that has NOT been an easy task for me. Since my friend passed away back in August.....I have been lost. I have had my share of grief.....guilt.....and ....sadness. <BR> <BR> My weight loss not only too went into that gulf of the abyss. It hasn't been pretty. Every time I thought I had TRIED .....the tail spin only got worse. I tried quick fixes th... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:08:51 EST The Longest Night..... I hate it when we lose power for we also lose water. I have always valued electricity and water....more so than what the weather conditions are. We also seem to lose power more so than some. <BR> <BR> Last night was one of those nights. We get off work at 7pm and thus dinner was in the oven when the power went off just before 730pm. It was staying off. I could JUST miracle was happening. It was OFF till a crew came out and took care of it. <BR> <BR> I felt so.....defeat... Wed, 6 May 2015 14:50:38 EST Cliffnotes to life..... Earlier this week Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers, passed away. My initial reaction was sadness and yet, I also felt thankful for this woman and what she STARTED......CREATED....IMPLEMENTED.......<BR>..For me..she is TRULY weight well as Florine Mark, the biggest franchise owner in Michigan. Florine attended the earliest meetings of Weight Watchers. She would travel once a month to attend the meetings till she was able to bring it Michigan......and oh... Sat, 2 May 2015 23:29:41 EST Being Grateful...... I took a much needed break from sparkpeople.....and I guess from life itself to be honest. I had to have that grieving process when one loses a loved one. I have lost those beforehand, but my friend's death hit me with such force that it knocked me down for quite some time. I still miss my friend, but time is going on and I wish to be apart of it once more. <BR> <BR> I have gained a ton of weight! I never understood.....HOW....a person can have such overwhelming gains each week. I don... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:47:40 EST When you are lost..... My favorite show right now is THE WALKING DEAD. My favorite characters has always been Carol and Daryl. I love the character development and progression of.....change....strength. They have grown as people ....and yet...the are still human and not always willing to acknowledge that process that got them there ...why they are there. <BR> <BR> I have felt like the Walking Dead myself these last few months. I have gone thru the motions of life feeling like I have taken many steps backwar... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:51:00 EST Looking for Mr. Goodbar..... I haven't blogged on my page in quite some time. I have done so privately, but not for those to read. I had to get my head on straight......I had to be open and honest with myself on the changes I need to make for ME. The bottom line is all about ME and I truly recognize that now. It is OKAY. <BR> <BR> Back in 07.........I started my virtual world. I did so in order to escape MY world. The economy was falling apart all around me.....and I needed a diversion. I did... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:45:49 EST Showing up.... I have always believed in that Life is for those that show up. I even have that on my spark page. These past few weeks, my mantra has been tested. When Alice passed away, a huge part of me went with her. I almost gave up sparks for I couldn't take it if I had lost anyone else. Basically my thought process was ...I shall leave first so you cannot hurt me. Posting was hard for me......and yet...I still did anyways. <BR> <BR> The first week was the hardest. I barely slept....cried ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:19:07 EST The Package.... Today was a very long day for me. We are always at work by 630am.....and on Friday we close at 6pm.....a shorter day! LOL!...Yet...tonight after we closed, we went to the funeral home for my aunt. I was exhausted. <BR> <BR> When we got home, there was a package waiting for me! FROM TEXAS! Alice's husband sent it to mind you...he had to have done it Tuesday for me to get it so quickly. I couldn't believe he took the time to do it with so much going on. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:19:37 EST I smiled today...... Last night I posted on FB and Sparks for those that knew...loved...missed Alice to wear green. Green was Alice's favorite color for it represented the National Kidney Foundation. That was special for Alice for her daughter had passed away in 2010 due to complications of kidney failure. <BR> <BR> This morning before I left for work.....I posted WEAR GREEN FOR ALICE. This morning my friend was laid to rest. <BR> <BR> I was having a hard time....wishing I could be there......I was in my... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:45:17 EST Wearing GREEN........for ALice...... Tomorrow my friend will be laid to rest. <BR> <BR> ALice's favorite color was green. The color for her represented the Kidney Foundation. Her daughter passed away Thanksgiving 2009 due to complications of kidney failure. Green is special to Alice. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow ...I am wearing and carrying green. I have a Texas tee shirt...a green water tumbler from wws...and well as my salad bowl and a green spark plastic bracelet. <BR> <BR> I so wished I could be there.....physically......... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:31:22 EST Sharing Grief Helps..... This morning one of Alice's granddaughters called me and we talked...and cried for the longest time. I am not sure I helped her, but she helped me. I know i have a lot of people have reached out to me...and I am so grateful...I am. I have received messages...poems...ETC. My closest friends have been there as well as my own family. The grief I feel is so deep. <BR> <BR> I haven't wanted to do anything, but sit and stare into nothingness as my mind reflects. <BR> <BR> Amazingly enoug... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:10:48 EST I loved Alice.... I am not sure if I should blog right now or not. My grief is immense. My emotions are raw and tears hinder my view...and yet....I have to blog ....for my friend....she would know...she would understand. <BR> <BR> My friend Alice passed away this morning. Her granddaughter called me to let me know. Waymon, Alice's husband asked her to do so for he could not for his pain was overwhelming. I understand. <BR> <BR> Alice had a heart attack this morning and went rather quickly and hopef... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:54:07 EST The Ripple Effect.... When my mother showed up at work today....I asked her for a ride home. She quizzed me....wasn't I going to weight watchers? Well.....I would RATHER have a ride home and stay there...then go to wws and back to work. She wouldn't give me one. She told me outright that if I didn't go....I would stop going. She could TELL that I have backed off on my enthusiasm with the program......with me. <BR> <BR> She was right. I have. I have NEVER felt this deeply....I have... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:53 EST A....B.....C..... At my weigh in on Thursday, a woman ahead of me had a gain. Immediately I knew she was upset. She had the magic tracker for the week and told the was NOT what she had expected. She asked her to give the tracker to the leader....and she left. In her disbelief......she left. I felt bad for her. <BR> <BR> My turn..... <BR> <BR> I expected a loss as well. I was CONFIDENT. I looked at my book as fast as I could. <BR> <BR> It showed a PLUS + <BR> <BR> I didn't believ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:58:23 EST MY INBETWEEN TIME! our BLC wide challenge....we have to write TWO blogs......Since I am on a roll....getting my second one done now! LOL! We are suppose to write what we are going to do now until the next round starts in September. I don't mind this one....I understand it......The underline to make one think ...plan...and hopefully execute what one is going to do in the interim. How many GAIN weight during the BLC breaks? <BR> <BR> I plan on doing what I normally do. <BR> <BR> I hav... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:02:33 EST So spat was down..... As fellow spat owners know....spat went down. The company that supplies our data crashed. I have to admit, it was unsettling at first for I too have become accustom to my friend...RAMBO <em>543</em> He does push me. He does. <BR> <BR> I know...I should PUSH myself. 20 years ago, I would have LAUGHED at the thought of an activity tracker. I WAS ACTIVE. I was as a child and throughout college. It was when I "became" an adult I seemed to have stopped. Perhaps it was the responsib... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:29:08 EST The Sparkler part II Last Thursday as our meeting was ending, Lisa, our leader passed out a sparklers for us all. I smiled! Two years ago, she did the same thing and I had forgotten. The message was simple...INDEPENDENCE with our choice of healthy eating and living. <BR> <BR> Two years ago.,..... <BR> <BR> I thought I was on cloud 9. I thought I was ready for I had just earned my key chain. Life was grand and I even WROTE about it. <BR> <BR> I almost cringed. <BR> <BR> Two years ago.......... <BR> ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:21:39 EST The Hiding Place.... Like many I am sure, I have closets full of various sized clothing. My problem lately has been...I don't fit into my old clothing like I once did. It is as though Mother Nature is playing a game with me. I am at the right weight for them, but my body has shifted. I feel self conscious so there they wait for perhaps another weight shift. Not sure. <BR> <BR> I have always liked LOOSE clothing. Part of that is that I do work in a hot place and it is physical. I also need the flexibil... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:04:11 EST In a blink of an eye! The other day...I realized that I had a streak going with my active link.....that I call Morgan. Morgan is not like pedometers for he records MOVEMENT in all directions and not the forward steps. My baseline is high and for me to reach it is quite a feat. To earn any activity points after my amazing. I have never paid attention to the streak of reaching my baseline. I usually don't do much on Sundays for it is my only day off. you can guess, my longest streak is... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:30:26 EST Willingness.....<BR>mises.......commitment........ <BR> <BR> are elements that are NOT enough in order to achieve a healthy balance in one's life. <BR> <BR> WILLINGNESS..... <BR> <BR> The final piece in the puzzle to obtain a successful balance is WILLINGNESS. <BR> <BR> To me...that is MORE powerful of a realization in how I carry myself to go forth. <BR> <BR> Some may ask the question are you in or out? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:00:32 EST AHOY MATEY! I am getting to be a weight watcher meeting pro. There are certain topics I just happen to LOVE. I do. I look forward to them, listen intently and openly. I am totally amazed how my feelings/views have changed since the last time the topic matter was covered. This past Thursday was no exception. <BR> <BR> ANCHORS. We went over what OUR anchors are on this road of healthy living. Lisa does an outstanding job with her guidance as she draws out what we as individuals use. <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:49:11 EST It is up to you really..... I have been debating for several weeks now whether to write this blog or not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> teams....families.......can affect you mentality on being healthy depending on where your mind happens to be at the moment. It seems that the people that complain the most....make the most excuses.....can spawn more to join in to their way of thinking. For others that are doing... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:05:25 EST I Sing the Body Electric.... Sometimes I startle myself with how my mind wanders. This week at our weight watchers meetings as we were discussing the healthy guidelines, I had flashes of the movie FAME and the song....I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC. <BR> <BR> I love musicals....always have. I am fascinate with the choreography with the massive cast performing all at once. Every actor is an intricate part of a successful number. have the main characters, but the other actors are just as important. They are nec... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:05:26 EST Your teeth can kill you..... As my friends know...I have had more than my share of dental work these last 2 years and 4 and 1/2 months. It has been a very long haul and one that I never thought would end. Each time I thought I would be done...I wasn't. What could go wrong...did go wrong. Now....this Wednesday.....I shall TRULY be done. I am NOT afraid to say that.....for it is FINALLY TRUE. <BR> <BR> It had to be done. When it first was indeed serious. We had to work on the infections first......... Sun, 11 May 2014 08:35:32 EST Route 66 I wasn't sure if I would make it to our weight watchers meeting or not. The morning was filled with downpours of rain and I am not comfortable driving in such weather. I was fortunate and grateful to get a ride. <BR> <BR> The topic was THE opposed to THE JOURNEY of weight loss. As we all know, weight loss...being healthy can be quite the TRIP alright! <BR> <BR> Sherry broke it up into different categories of the ROAD.... <BR> <BR> FREEWAY <BR> SCENIC ROUTE <BR> BACK ROAD... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:23:32 EST Mother Earth..... My mind is in a whirlwind right now......I need to collect my thoughts and decided to write to help sort out the pieces of awe that fills my head and heart. <BR> This week has been one of spiritual awakening for me. <BR> <BR> It started on Sunday, Easter morning. <BR> <BR> Our weather was perfect in that early morning. I had plenty to do, but was drawn to sit by the sliding glass door in our dining room. Our three cats were content as they watched the day unfold. I joined them as... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:45:10 EST For Brenda..... My first experience with online friends was on the website for the Biggest Loser back in 07. It was very new to me and I was very fortunate to find two groups to be apart of. We all wanted to be there...I cost money to do so! We all had a purpose and .....I was so lucky to make the friends that I did. <BR> <BR> One of the groups was the Vanishing Vixens. Once a Vixen...always a Vixen. I cannot tell you the fun we had supporting one another in weight loss as well as in our ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:22:04 EST Power of Suggestion.... I really try to go to two different weight watcher meetings per week. I like both the leaders and the members that attend each one. Since January, I have not been able to make the 2nd meeting. A number of teeth with dental appointments...and swear each week...bad weather arose. Yes, we had a harsh winter. This week...I was able to attend the 2nd meeting. <BR> <BR> was good to see the regulars....and lots of new people too! You could tell they were close...and I... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:25:35 EST In a Year's Time..... Almost a year ago to the date, our weight watcher meeting was on Hedonic Hunger. Our leader Sherry made the comment that she couldn't wait to see what I would write about our meeting. <BR> <BR> To be frank, I wasn't going to write anything. I wrote BLINDED BY SCIENCE a year ago dealing with Hedonic Hunger. What more could I say? <BR> <BR> I thought about that....for the longest time. I remember just questioning these so called scientists that came up with Hedonic Hunger. I didn't t... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:07:49 EST apples and oranges...... I have never understood why some people have to put down others in order to feel superior. I don't think they truly understand or realize how they sound when they speak. Perhaps they do...but I prefer to think they do not. <BR> <BR> I truly comprehend how personal and touchy one can become when struggling......obtaining a healthy lifestyle. The trick is to find other mind like people as oneself. I love to be around people that are similar to me in my approach...if not stronger. It kee... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:06:30 EST Leash on Life..... It has taken me quite some time to find MY way in becoming/being healthy. Just this past week, someone made the comment that "results not typical" as a disclaimer was made in reference to me on weight watchers. Sort of funny, perhaps a tad cruel, but a lot of truth in that statement all the same. I personally, don't care for I have TRULY found MY OWN way and I couldn't be ...more satisfied nor complete. <BR> <BR> On February 4th, my friend Kim and I both purchased our active links. I ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:57:00 EST I shall run..... I have gone in spurts in obtaining the healthy lifestyle I wish to posses. My drawbacks are mainly due to my teeth. So much dental work since Feb 1, 2012. All but two teeth have been worked on. No...I don't live in the woods without running water, tooth brush, or has been my luck of the draw as far as being unhealthy. I am almost done. My latest endurance was a tooth pulled last Thursday in prep for my third bridge. I am not even 50. The stitches still cover my whole upp... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:22:28 EST My March Madness! The day I have been dreading since December arrives this Thursday........the dentist. What was suppose to be done in December has been prolonged due to the last tooth cannot be saved. So..another tooth pulled.....another bridge put in. I dread the pain. The only saving grace I have that this is the last tooth to be worked on. <BR> <BR> For awhile, I have been guilty of not going forward in my efforts in bettering myself in health. The depressed part of me wanted to put it on ho... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:39:55 EST You can't handle the truth.... I just love that line uttered by Jack Nicholson in the movie A FEW GOOD MEN. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I had a heart to heart talk with my dear friend Susie out in California. I opened up to her with my thoughts on why I struggle so at times with eating healthy and following weight watchers. I do so well....then....I don't. I am a on see-saw. <BR> <BR> I understand myself more and more as time goes by and when I THINK I have figured it out......I realize I have more to learn. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:34:29 EST CHALLENGE REFERENCE! This is not a blog, but an easy reference for a month long challenge I am doing.... <BR> <BR> by all means...if you wish to join in.....the more the merrier I say! <BR> <BR> <BR> ST. PATRICK'S DAY AND SPRING CHALLENGE: <BR> Starting FEBRUARY 19 <BR> <BR> Wednesday- 2 miles <BR> Thursday-3 miles <BR> Friday-3 miles <BR> Saturday- Personal Choice workout <BR> Sunday- Day off or makeup day or Personal Choice workout <BR> Monday- 4 miles <BR> Tuesday- 3 miles <BR> <BR> EVERY DAY YOU PLANK <... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:14:11 EST So you THINK you For over a year now....I have been eyeing the active link that is available with weight watchers. I have felt like a kid in the candy store looking.....dreaming.....of having one. I have held it in my hands......I have read everything I could on it.....I asked questions. <BR> <BR> I must admit...some of the reviews have been harsh.....I get that. Members thought that they were CHEATED in earning their activity points. I get that too. <BR> <BR> I mulled over the reviews, but didn'... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:03:52 EST Miles to go before I sleep......... Not too long ago, a friend called me before she was to leave for her weight watcher meeting. She was thinking of wearing her shoes for her weigh ins. My immediate response was, "Why? Are you trying to mask your gain?" <BR> <BR> She become VERY defensive towards me. She wanted to know why would I ask her that? <BR> <BR> <BR> WHY? <BR> <BR> Because all week long she kept telling me that she had to get her eating under control. Her snacking was nonstop and she was making unwise cho... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:38:11 EST I AM A PEOPLE TOO! Oh yes...I should say ....I am a person too..but making a slight point here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently a good friend joined weight watchers after being on hiatus for 11 years. Kim and I have been diligent with our meetings and sharing with our friend Dot. It was hard to explain simplestart to her and we encouraged her to join to see for herself and get the much needed materials. Visuals are so least for me they are! The plan is so well put together.....including pictures... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:55:28 EST The Power of Meetings to the 9th degree... Last day of the old year.....and I went to my weight watcher meeting. Wasn't going to miss it for the world. I felt pretty confident going in. I wasn't sure what that bad boy of a scale was going to say, but I knew in my heart that I had a good week. I didn't track......but I ate power foods and focused on the new Simple Start program. I BELEIVED in what I have been doing. I had the UPMOST FAITH in weight watchers......and more importantly...MYSELF. <BR> <BR> You see........I have g... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:08:23 EST CHEERS! I happen to LOVE New Year's Eve and Day. I do. The time is MY time to do as I parties. It is MY time to reflect and be at home. The real world shall return soon enough. <BR> <BR> I never make resolutions. I actually do not believe in them for myself. Oh sure, I would like to do this or that, but personally, I understand the HOW with planning and not empty promises to keep. <BR> <BR> 2013 has not been my favorite year. It has been unkind to be quite frank... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:47:10 EST