MASTERCARE's SparkPeople Blog MASTERCARE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 The GRINCH that (almost) stole Christmas! The first day of winter was Saturday, December 21st. The first day of winter we had a major ice storm. Our lights kept flickering and I prayed we would NOT lose power. <BR> <BR> In the early hours of Sunday, we heard a HUGE crash and our house shook and we lost power instantly. May I add when we lose power...we lose water. <BR> <BR> Huge limbs came crashing down and literally RIPPED the power lines off our house. This was NOT a good sign. Our phone lines we also affected. After... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:57:35 EST Our Walk in the Woods... Today was quite the eventful day! After weight watchers, my childhood friend Anna, came and picked me up so we could spend the rest of the day together. She is here from Las Vegas. She comes twice a year....a month in July and part of December. She is quite lucky. Her husband is a college professor at one of their universities therefore, they have the luxury of travel. <BR> <BR> I was a tad apprehensive. I was already preparing what I would do when presented with food options. I ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:52:36 EST SIMPLY .....ME...... I LOVED both the weight watcher meetings I went too this week. I was so excited to attend my first one on Tuesday, I was like a little kid on Christmas Day. I say that because it is LIKE Christmas Day to me when they share the additions....changes to weight watchers for the upcoming year. New toys.....updated is so much like.....NEW START! FRESH ATTITUDE! <BR> <BR> The exciting addition is the SIMPLE START PROGRAM. It is almost like weight watchers has THRE... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:09:53 EST Parting is such sweet sorrow.... I joined BLC in round 9. A good spark friend, who also has become a good friend that I have met and text on a regular basis, got me in. I loved my first round as a Peach. I think because it was new and exciting to me. I thought our group was close knit and tons of fun. We gave our all on challenges and we also CHATTED. I remember fondly one Saturday afternoon when a teammie was at the home opener for the NEW Yankee stadium. The Yankees lost miserably and we kept talking and feeling bad... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 16:47:32 EST I looked down..... When I walked into our weight watchers meeting today......I saw on the board that our topics for the day were anchors and the gift tag! I couldn't but help exclaim to our leader Sherry that THESE were my FAVORITE topics of all time! Sherry does them together every first meeting of December. For me they set the tone for the Holiday Season. <BR> <BR> I have learned that my anchors have changed as I have changed. The gift tag is one to me from me. On the back you write the amount of we... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:26:06 EST 100 = CENTURION = ME I have to admit....since I had that nasty cold a few weeks ago....I have been LAXED in my steps. I use to take SUCH pride in getting my GLOW for reaching my 10000 steps per day. is like a huge chore! Before I would work so hard to see how much further I could go beyond that soon as I see I hit my 10....I stop! LOL! <BR> <BR> I still LOVE my RAMBO <em>543</em> He truly is a huge part of my daily life. I actually had a panic attack earlier today when he d... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:50:26 EST Off My Game... This past week I had a NASTY all know, being sick is so not fun! I kept my spirits up by being grateful that if I were to be sick, better now than on Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I did NOT attend a single weight watchers meeting. I usually go twice per week. My three year plus streak...ended. sigh. <BR> <BR> I also did not WALK. Rambo and I rested ....a lot. <em>544</em> No glow trophy for us! sigh. <BR> <BR> What I did do....was plan.....think....and prepared for WHE... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:18:40 EST Empty, but now full.... Anyone that has a pet...lost a pet...loves animals will be able to relate.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Facebook has allowed me to reconnect to an old school friend. We were very close in our junior high years. Annette and I have always been alike, but she has more intensity to her personality than I do. Yes, she has a very dry witty sense of humor, but her humor is filled with intellect. Naturally, I was NOT surprised to learn that she is a college professor at a major university. She quite frankly... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:00:32 EST Blogging over time.... I have been blogging for quite some time...basically since I started sparks in 08. I have deleted many a blog, but I still remember writing..and perhaps still do from time to time....that I had planned on doing this or that. I have written game plans...why I have done what I have done..and that I am trying. I have even written how I was starting over...regrouping..etc. So much, I felt like a broken record. <BR> <BR> we were driving back from the farmer's market....I realize... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:10:03 EST What makes a TRUE friend! I must admit, I have a lot of friends....good true blue friends. <BR> <BR> I also have HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TRUE BLUE FRIENDS....and they are sort of rare, but ones I value with all my heart. <BR> <BR> My oldest online friend is Susie....we go back from BLC website days from 07. We keep in contact every day. We text our food and how are day is going. Because of our friendship, we had to get the UNLIMITED texting plan! frugal as I is so worth the extra 10/month. ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:04:18 EST Reality verses the Mind..... I have never really enjoyed WORKING OUT. For me, fitness was activity/movement and not ...WORKING OUT. I could NEVER relate to those that ENJOYED that pastime. I had the fleeting moment of ...GOOD FOR YOU.....and that was it. Never saw myself as one to relish the time. I dreaded it and couldn't wait for it to end. <BR> <BR> I am changing. <BR> <BR> RAMBO has changed me. <em>543</em> <BR> <BR> I am changing. <BR> <BR> <BR> I totally understand the WORKOUT FITNESS MINUTES. ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:57:25 EST Trick or Treat? I was reading some posts the other day on what some thought of Trick or Treating. The grand topic of conversation was how they don't pass out candy to anyone looking older than 12. They feel that is wrong and by principle alone..they weren't going to do it again this year as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The age of 10 was a difficult time period for me. I had a child's mind and attitude, but my body betrayed me. I was tall for my age...5'4 and still am that height... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:09:43 EST WHY you SHOULD name your SPAT...PEDOMETER...etc.... I have always named my pedometers......Henry was my first. He was an ORMON....the older gray model and was shaped like a police badge...hence..he was my badge of HONOR. I am not sure why I named him Henry, but I did. He turned out to be one of my dearest friends. <BR> <BR> Henry and I walked many miles together. <BR> <BR> We have been to weddings dancing our heads off! <BR> <BR> We have been to baseball games....a football game... <BR> <BR> We flew to Texas one year for a week and did... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:27:22 EST IT isn't an issue....... This is the time of year we go to the apple orchard every Sunday! Oh how I love to go! Only have two more Sundays in our area before for they close down for the season. sigh. YET...the drive is so worthwhile as the leaves are changing... the sky is a crisp blue as the sun shines. It makes my heart sing! <BR> <BR> Naturally, they have caramel apples with nuts or without. I cannot have them for two reasons: 1) my teeth and 2) I am NOT willing to use the points to have one. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:11:57 EST READY! SET! GOOOOOOOOOOO! Today was my THIRD full day with my spark tracker...AKA RAMBO! Yes...I named my tracker RAMBO because he is quiet...resourceful ...and doesn't know the meaning QUIT! <BR> <BR> I cannot STRESS how much I LOVE RAMBO! I sort of feel like a commercial here, but seriously.....I LOVE HIM! I DO! <BR> <BR> Today I did NOT wear my omon to compare....don't need Lewis anymore. (my pedometer's name! LOL!) I can go by the flashing lights as a guide to see my progress. <BR> <BR> AND PROGRESS I... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:11:12 EST I shall call my Spark Activity Tracker.....RAMBO.... Yesterday to my surprise, I had a small package from Sparkpeople. IT WAS THE NEW SPARKPEOPLE ACTIVITY TRACKER! AKA SPAT! The return address was JUST from sparkpeople. I had NO idea WHO purchased one for me! The quest was ON! It didn't take good friend wishes to remain anonymous...but I can share...she wanted too. Thinks of me as her little sister and wanted to do something nice for me. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.........I am so lucky to have her as a friend.....and have come to terms... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:31:15 EST 2015....focus and commitment.... Not to long ago, I was anxiously following the progress of a dear spark friend attempt her FIRST 13.1. I was NOT surprised when she accomplished the feat with her friends. I was PROUD of her! She kept posting her workouts till she was off to Seattle from Canada to meet up with the others. I loved the fact she shared photos of her mile stone. I cheered when they finished! <BR> <BR> I hit like on her status when she wanted to do another one. She asked if that meant I was willing to ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:05:13 EST The agony of defeat.... Lately, I have felt rather introverted. It is a sadness that I haven't quite put my finger on. The sober reality is within me....deep. I feel as though I am at a standstill with no where to turn.....trying to find my direction ......and ......I am lost. <BR> <BR> For two weeks now, I have listened to Sherry, our weight watchers leader. (well...I listen to her every week! LOL!)...but these last two meetings.....I have listened intently as well as t... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:49:05 EST BEING POSITIVE! I have personally noticed that the ones that are always negative.....never seem to go anywhere but to continue the path of a down hill incline. Sometimes they talk a big game, but that is all it is...TALK. <BR> <BR> I tend to gravitate towards POSITIVE people ....posts.....and action. <BR> <BR> Positive people .....are successful people. They plan...and they share. They don't get into the HYPE of condoning negative thoughts and actions. Positive people....for ME...makes me want to ju... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:25:12 EST THANK YOU SHARON! Five weeks ago......our fearless leader on the RV team set up a challenge for all to join. My friend Heather contacted me to be sure I was going to join. <BR> <BR> I am so glad I did. We were broken up into three teams....Butterflies, Lightening Bugs, and the Sunshiners! To my delight, I was placed with my friend Heather as well with other fine ladies on the <em>67</em> team! <BR> <BR> The challenge was to last for 6 weeks. We are in our final week......and I feel rather sad tonig... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:40:42 EST Three years ago..... It was the day after Labor Day in 2010 that I joined weight watchers. A brand new centre opened it's doors on Tuesday, September 7th at 1145am in my home town. <BR> <BR> I joined. <BR> <BR> I wasn't scared persey, but I was nervous. I had no idea what I was getting into. <BR> <BR> I sat in the back row waiting for the meeting to start. The leader Sherry came in and immediately said...."OH NO! People who lose weight sit in the front row by me." SO...I moved to the SECOND row near the... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:23:42 EST 30 Days Past September..... I happen to LOVE FALL. I do. it is a time to reflect on days gone by.....a time to harvest the Summer's rewards and to take stock for the Winter months. <BR> <BR> I have given a lot of thought what to DO with my September. I always like some kind of challenge and to set goals to conquer. <BR> <BR> I have to admit........for September....I was at a loss on what to do....and to be frank....who to do it with. I have always been the type of person that didn't want to walk this road a... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:15:19 EST Girls just wanna have FUN.... This past week three teams went head to head with a FREGGIE challenge. We were to have 4 fruit...5 veggies per day. Our week runs from Saturday to Friday. <BR> <BR> Most on our team dreaded this challenge......I know I did. Freggies are my hardest healthy guideline to follow on weight watchers. I rarely get my required FIVE....let alone now NINE total. <BR> <BR> My attitude changed this week along with the others. It became FUN. It was indeed a challenge at first, but my pal Heat... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:45:12 EST RUTABAGA DAVE.... On Friday, Lisa sent us our FOOD FOR THOUGHT and a challenge.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Don’t forget to take charge of the supermarket and show it who’s boss this week. J <BR> <BR> This week……IT’S A CHALLENGE! If you choose to accept the challenge, you will be rewarded with some swag at next weeks meeting. <BR> <BR> So here is the CHALLENGE….when you go to the grocery store this week, I want you to buy an item that you have NEVER tried before. And I mean never!... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:32:22 EST Being Honest.... I love being on teams for healthy living and naturally, losing weight is a goal. It is NO secret that I LOVE weight watchers. I do. It is in my blood and I have been working on it to be in my MIND and thus my ACTIONS which leads to RESULTS for bettering myself. <BR> <BR> I try my best. Sometimes I don't do well. I don't. That is ME that I am trying to change. <BR> <BR> Last week I lost 2.4 pounds. I was so PROUD. <BR> <BR> This week....I gained 2 pounds! OOPS! was ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:30:59 EST HAD TO SHARE My weight watchers leader forward this to me! I LOVE IT...therefore...I am sharing here as well! <BR> <BR> ENJOY! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:07:02 EST I am just.... HAPPY TODAY! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong.....for most days.....I seem to be working ....thinking...and doing.... <BR> <BR> but today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I just feel HAPPY! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:13:23 EST Cooking 101 I am not a cook....but I am learning how to cook. It can at times be a daunting task for me. Growing up we were not allowed in my mother's kitchen. It was very small and she didn't have the patience to have me under foot. I was a whiz at cleaning up for her and the dishes though! LOL! In college....the residence halls prepared food.....and if not there, in catering...the chefs did so. Even after college I continued on in that field for several years and the chefs STILL cooked for you... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:40:53 EST Oz gave nothing to the Tin Man....... Today was weight watchers. Today the magic tracker found a new home for another week. <BR> <BR> How did I do? <BR> <BR> <BR> Well......I tracked EVERY single day....every single morsel that went into my mouth. I get 26 points each day. I had 21 weeklies left ...and I truly earned 24 activity points. Mind you, it would have probably been more for someone else, but my base is 2 per day just with work ...those 24 points.....were TRULY INDEED earned. I did extra....with walks... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:12:43 EST I can see Summer is winding down .,.... We never really had a Summer here in it seems weird to see it winding down all the same. The nights are cooler and the day temps have been in the 70's. I was certainly cheated on my pool time this season. sigh. The leaves....they are slowly, but surely starting to change. We saw that on our way to the farm produce stand we love so much. <BR> <BR> Summer is winding down....I feel like I am winding back up! <BR> <BR> I posted this on my FB page earlier today... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:44:21 EST The Magic Tracker Travels... So this week I have the Magic Tracker from our weight watchers meeting. Everyone I know...KNOWS I have this. I have said so....and I have also added...that I don't wish to be the 1% that does not lose weight with this magical tracker. My husband is sick of this tracker and it is only Saturday and I have it till Thursday! LOL! <BR> <BR> Every Saturday we go out to breakfast before work. I love this time. We know the waitresses..they know us and the same is also true with the other regul... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:52:51 EST Have Tracker.....will Travel..... Today was my weight watcher meeting! <BR> <BR> In this class we have a Traveling Tracker.....each week a member volunteers to take it for the week. I LOVE the concept. It not only helps the member to track, but it gives future ones an opportunity to see what others are having/had. <BR> <BR> Lisa calls it the MAGIC TRACKER. Everyone that has taken it for the week...has lost weight....Lisa emphases 99% have. <BR> <BR> I have NEVER taken that bad boy in all the time I have been atten... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:54:16 EST ROCKS.... I have always been fascinated by rocks...I have. name it.....I love them. I heard a saying once as a small child and it has stayed with me ever since, "Only the ROCKS live forever." I imagined that an American Indian came up with that truth....and it does speak volumes. <BR> <BR> In weight watchers they always go over ANCHORS every now and then. My anchors have always changed as I have changed. The one anchor that has never changed....are my ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:41:37 EST FLIP OUT...... Every day we get to work by 630am. As the boiler is heating up to full steam, I eat my breakfast and we read the paper. My mind wandered over oatmeal as I reflected the posts I had read online earlier. So many were discouraging. Friends lamented that they had lost their spark for losing weight. So many times I feel like such a broken record when I say....start back at the beginning and go with the basics. It is a good starting point. <BR> <BR> I KNEW I had to go to weight watcher... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:59:27 EST Lightening, Sun, and Butterflies! I recently joined a challenge group that started yesterday. My pal Heather contacted me prior and asked me to join. I am so glad I did! What made it even more special is that the members were divided into 3 groups...and to my delight! Heather and I were placed on the same team! YAY! We are the SUNSETTERS! <BR> <BR> I already LOVE this challenge. They are approx. 12 of us divided into our prospective teams. There is a chat thread just for the challengers. I like this because I ge... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 07:36:41 EST Dear Farmville, When I first started FV, you were fun. I mean FUN. We had only a couple of farms and we supported our neighbors by visiting their farms and joining co-ops. We could EARN prizes and made money so we could BUY items to decorate our farms. I made a lot of friends online because of you. <BR> <BR> You are no longer FUN. You are a stress maker and way too time consuming. I can never finish quests or build things in time. You add a new farm every two months. So many of my friends have pack... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:03:09 EST