MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Week Thank you to the wise leaders of the 5% Challenge. This week we added “me time”. <BR> My list: <BR> *a massage which was awesome <BR> *a nap on a rainy day <BR> *a mother/daughter lunch <BR> *a junior-high stage play with a great granddaughter <BR> *meditation <BR> *a long talk with a best friend <BR> Today an afternoon working on quilts with “the quilt lady” is my plan! <BR> <em>52</em> These were such simple things that I think of sometimes but tend to put off. This week I made a p... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:06 EST Blog for my teams! 100 Days <img src=""> <BR> I’m in! <BR> <BR> Shooting Stars <BR> For WOW Wednesday, thanks to IRISHSWEETPEA 53 - time to be stress free! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:01:56 EST Day 1 of 100 <img src=""> <BR> If you’ve always wondered about this book, come join in today <em>249</em> <BR> It’s a great way to learn about yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:15:31 EST Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 09:07:21 EST My visitor today.... How lucky am I to have this sweet little guy visiting today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Should get in more steps! Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:23:39 EST New week for 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <em>104</em> Sometimes we just need to refocus! Go team! Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:16:34 EST WOW Wednesday IRISHSWEETPEA53 — Shooting Stars - thank you for this assignment! <BR> <em>220</em> We will focus on our “SUPPORT SYSTEM” this week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am truly grateful for all my Spark friends who support me every day. May I always be able to support you! Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:29:57 EST Thanks Barb! Thank you so much Barb for keeping us in the skies. <BR> <em>104</em> My badges awarded for the week: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://p... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:44:35 EST Another day to get moving! <img src=""> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:29:32 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:31:07 EST Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:14:37 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "There is a special age in life for launching a new dream. The perfect time to begin is always today." ~unknown Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:40:26 EST Friday......Make Friends with the Scale MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SCALE: Chapter #5...GO AHEAD AND TOSS THE SCALE <BR> <BR> There are definitely times that I'm very disappointed about the number that “Sparkie the Scale” says to me! <BR> For now I will keep the Scale, but keep my conversation about it to mostly Spark friends. <BR> <BR> From an earlier post I wrote: <BR> "If the only place you go is the Doctor and the only thing you talk about is how bad you feel, it limitis the conversation. <BR> By the same token, if the only thing... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:12:33 EST Fall is Here! Thank you Spark Coach for my morning Spark! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:46:58 EST Day #100 of the 100 Days Lessons How I decide to live my life is really MY CHOICE! <BR> Only I can make the CHOICE to live as happy and healthy as possible. <BR> <BR> Day #100 This is How I Live <BR> The top 10 things I want to remember: <BR> 1. Head hunger, do something physical <BR> 2. Heart hunger, do something nurturing <BR> 3. Fuel is nutritional food eaten every day. <BR> 4. Filler is saved for special treats (birthday, anniversary, holiday, vacation!) <BR> 5. The two-bite idea (first two bites taste the b... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 08:08:59 EST 100 Days <em>521</em> <em>594</em> <BR> Day 95 - Set your Intentions <BR> My intention from the beginning of this journey has always been to get to a healthy BMI number. So far I’ve gone from extremely obese to obese to overweight. <BR> <BR> My intention for the 5% Challenge is to go from overweight to healthy. <BR> My intention is to continue to focus on good nutrition and tracking. <BR> My intention is to also focus on exercise daily and track it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day #96 What Will It Ta... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:17:48 EST October Happiness! <img src=""> <BR> Thanks for this one Maribeth (Aura18)! <BR> Sun, 1 Oct 2017 13:13:57 EST From 100 Days of Weight Loss Each time I repeat these lessons I realize how my life has changed in a really good way. <BR> <BR> Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person <BR> My healthy life: <BR> 1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting! <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise-- keep active <BR> (Walks with fellow Sparker Tina are a joy added to my life.) <BR> (Virtual walks with Sparker Diana are also very interesting. We just finished walking the Amalfi Coast in Italy!) <BR> <BR> 3. Family--always... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:51:50 EST Have a good day! <em>550</em> <em>194</em> <em>216</em> <em>102</em> <BR> Eat well, exercise, & get some rest! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:57:10 EST Happiness Factor - ditto! <img src=""> <BR> <em>176</em> Our newest Great Grandbaby going home! He was 9lb 10oz at birth and is just precious! First-time parents and baby all doing well. <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> My heart is so sad for all those affected by fire, flood, earthquake, etc. Thank goodness for all the wonderful people who provide safety and comfort by their generous call to help in times of tragedy! <BR> <em>458</em> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:49:03 EST Happiness factor Sometimes, in search of things to keep me pushing on, I add to my "daily check list" of goals. <BR> This week I've added: My happiness factor! <BR> <em>311</em> This was part of my happiness walk for yesterday with Spark friend 1958TMC! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a perfect day! I hope you can find some happiness in your day today. <BR> <em>458</em> Take good care and all my prayers for those in Texas. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:19:48 EST Thank You! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <BR> A big hug and thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog on "getting older". <BR> I'm actually happy to be 76, medication free and able to go through all the testing with flying colors. <BR> I'm also happy to receive all the compliments, I only wish it wasn't so unusual. <BR> <BR> This came by way of a dear, sweet friend. It's a beautiful message. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:33:13 EST When I get old! Sometimes it just hits me that we are now the "old people" in our family. <BR> I was telling the story of my last visits to a new doctor for a battery of tests and how at each part of the process the fact that I take no medications was met with comments like: <BR> really? <BR> you are so lucky! <BR> no meds for blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, stress, anxiety? <BR> <BR> At this point in telling the story the "kid" I was relaying it to said, well most old people are on lots of meds....... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:43:10 EST Grand Canyon We have been planning on a trip to the Grand Canyon for next spring. When our 5% teams picked this destination I was quite excited. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So now I'm here, all you folks who have been here in person let me know what not to miss! <BR> See-through walkway? <BR> Helicopter ride? <BR> Stay in the park? <BR> Train ride? <BR> Best season to go? <BR> Keep on mind I'm 76 and I'm not getting any... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:51:51 EST You Gotta Want to....... <em>213</em> These are my thoughts for 100 Days of Weight Loss team today. <BR> <BR> Day #48 You Gotta Want to..... <BR> I thought I have always wanted seems I want the outcome, not the work and consistency it takes to get there. <BR> <BR> I say I can't get to goal (BMI chart)........I do really want this..... <BR> If I pay attention to every meal instead of thinking I can make it up later, I will get to goal faster. <BR> <BR> I say I can't keep up on exercise.......... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:18:20 EST Badges Thanks team leaders for keeping us flying high! <BR> <img src=""> <em>535</em> <img src=""> <BR> Two of my favorite badges last week. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now off to new adventures...... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:18:40 EST News of the day It's a sad day for Charlottesville and our entire country. :( :( Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:00:27 EST Team support <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I feel very blessed to be among these wonderful team members! Let's enjoy our trip! <BR> Way to go Stars!! <BR> <BR> 4CONNIESHEALTH <BR> BABS4625 <BR> CJ8014 <BR> GAYLEP1957 <BR> GOULDSGRANITE <BR> IRISHSWEETPEA53 <BR> JANPER1 <BR> KATHYJO56 <BR> KIWIANN <BR> LADYLUK <BR> LIFESGREAT2DAY <BR> LIVINTODAY <BR> LOISLEL <BR> MAMODIO <BR> MARCELISA <BR> MAWMAW101 <BR> MULT... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:05:25 EST Thursday From SparkCoach this morning........ <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:28:06 EST Wednesday I'm feeling very old, we started school after Labor Day back in the olden days! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> These were my helpers they are off to the first day of the new school year! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Aug 2017 19:41:20 EST Saturday morning New week for 5%, I'm not going backwards but not really moving forward much either. <BR> <BR> MyJourney <BR> Yes it's a journey but I need <BR> To make up my own rules, not always what I've been told <BR> Yes it's a journey but I need <BR> To face it's not always about rules I've been sold. <BR> <BR> Yes it's a journey but I need <BR> To just be very brave and very bold <BR> Yes it's a journey but I need <BR> To get with a program or pay the toll. <BR> <BR> Yes it's "my" journey and al... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:39:40 EST Thank you so very much! <em>213</em> Thank you to all the wonderful fellow travelers on Spark, especially the 5% Shooting Stars! My hope is that everyone on this team feels the joy of being in the "Starlight"! <BR> <em>198</em> It is quite alarming at first to get a notice you have 24 new emails, then 30, then more until you see where they are from. <BR> What an honor to read the messages of love, care and encouragement and to see all the "goodies" coming to my page. <BR> <em>304</em> There is no way to ad... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:37:26 EST Saturday thoughts! <img src=""> <BR> <em>205</em> In the game of life: reward yourself with stuff that will reward you back. <BR> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:11:55 EST Who are you? From SparkCoach this morning........ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just be wonderful today! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:38:01 EST Day #17 Stop wasting food.. My lesson for this beautiful sunny Monday morning...... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it!" Linda Spangle <BR> Enjoy your day and your food today...... <em>381</em> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:07:03 EST Focus From SparkCoach <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 05:05:32 EST Vacation -- Awwwww! <img src=""> <BR> Going back to one of my favorite places on the lake soon! <BR> Have a great week wherever you are! <em>298</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 19:23:33 EST My Joy Jar I've been asked about the "Joy Jar" my great granddaughter made me for Christmas once that I mentioned yesterday. <BR> Actually it's been emptied once and sits beside my bed so I often add a post-it note to it. <BR> Yesterday was the anniversary of my son's death which called for some extra TLC from a fellow Sparker who has become very dear to me. <BR> This is a picture of the real Jar -- it's a thank you Jar most of the time......the saying she wrote is on the back. <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:23:30 EST My Day Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sweet great granddaughter Cambri gave me a "Joy Jar" for Christmas with a saying that reads: <BR> When times are bad <BR> Write down a positive thing <BR> On a post-it note and..... <BR> Let God do the rest! <BR> <BR> Today the name on my post-it note is Tina who sometimes knows what I need before I do. <BR> May you all find a "Tina" to bless your lives! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 22:21:33 EST Copied from CTUPTON Blog From Chris today, this is such a great messege today......thank you so much to Jonathan Lockwood Huie <BR> <BR> From the website of Jonathan Lockwood Huie: <BR> <BR> How far you can go without destroying from within <BR> what you are trying to defend from without? <BR> - Dwight D. Eisenhower <BR> <BR> The end does NOT justify the means. <BR> Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others. <BR> Free speech cannot be gained by limiting the free speech of others. <BR> Hu... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 11:20:56 EST Be a good one! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good thought for my Monday morning, thanks SparkCoach. <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 07:29:55 EST We are very blessed! In my family blog yesterday Funloven asked which one I am. <BR> I'm just below my DIL Kelly who is holding Denny the dog. I'm trying to hold onto Delilah who is quite done with sitting for a picture! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We live by water so they come with campers, tents, fishing boats, a golf cart and lots of games. The weather was cool this year so there was lots of baseball and cornhole. <BR> <BR> Our ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:24:50 EST Summer is Here! This is how MawMaw and PawPaw know Summer has arrived! They come home for some fun and we are truly blessed! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's an awesome summer weekend! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:42:57 EST Keep flying high Team! Another great week with the In-betweeners! Thank you Barb for the cute badges. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See you in the Summer 5% Challenge.......let's just keep flying! <em>536</em> <em>535</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:04:46 EST Monday, again! Those Monday mornings sure roll around too fast don't they! <BR> But the joy of all those working Mondays can bring you a wonderful retirement. Hang in there working folks! <BR> <BR> My Monday, I am surely blessed! Hope you are blessed today too. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:23:03 EST We are going places! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woohoo our Space exploration badge for week 2 of the In-between break is here!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> FLORIDAGHOST <BR> GOULDSGRANITE <BR> JANPER1 <BR> KATHYJO56 <BR> KIWIANN <BR> LADYLUK <BR> MAWMAW101 <BR> QTEALADY20031 <BR> RAPUNZEL <BR> RHOOK20047 <BR> SCHNOOTIE <BR> YBBHAPPY <BR> JANSISTI <BR> PRECIOUSJULS <BR> SHEILA084 <BR> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> What a great... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:59:50 EST Monday Morning PepTalk! <em>526</em> From Spark Coach: <BR> <BR> Life will always be busy. Stress will always happen. Unexpected events will always come up. But this is true for everyone. Healthy, fit or thin people don't have magical lives--they just better cope with these events and are able to stay on track. YOU can do it, too. Start changing that conversation in your head by talking yourself out of your biggest excuse TODAY. <BR> <em>595</em> Thank you Coach! Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:06:23 EST Our in-between Challenge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a great trip! <BR> Thank you Barb for this visual......I love flying! Sat, 10 Jun 2017 07:45:20 EST My 100 Days lessons to live by <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day #100 This is How I Live <BR> The top 10 things I want to remember: <BR> 1. Head hunger, do something physical <BR> 2. Heart hunger, do something nurturing <BR> 3. Fuel is nutritional food eaten every day. <BR> 4. Filler is saved for special treats (birthday, anniversary, holiday, vacation!) <BR> 5. The two-bite idea (first two bites taste the best) <BR> 6. The "wait until later" s... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 07:11:41 EST Signing up for Teams Today as I contemplated whether to again join my favorite teams for the next round, I heard something that made so much sense to me. <BR> <em>189</em> "I do this every year, not because it has changed but because I have." <BR> <em>203</em> That is how I feel when I go back through the lessons in the "100 Days of Weight Loss" book. Nothing in that book has changed but as I look back on what I've learned I know that I have changed and what is going on in my life changes all the time so w... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 15:42:09 EST