MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Our Family! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our weekend campers! <BR> I am in awe of the wonderful family we have been blessed with. <BR> <em>232</em> Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend! <em>105</em> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:36:44 EST Let the fun begin Our Shooting Stars team is traveling in Canada this week and this picture is of our son on a trip there! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The family will come for some fishing this weekend but don't think the catfish or crappie will outdo him! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a wonderful day and a happy holiday weekend! Thu, 25 May 2017 06:50:06 EST Just for today! <img src=""> <BR> Just be kind to everyone you meet today! <em>303</em> Wed, 24 May 2017 05:42:44 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> Today I got a good report from Dr. #1, cholesterol, thyroid, etc. These are the things I think about as I plan my meals. <BR> Next week I see Dr. #2 about a glitch in a heart test and recent syncope episodes. Anxious to see if there are solutions for those. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will have lots of good laughs when I will spend a "spa day" with the girls in my family for my 76th birthday. Those... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:20:22 EST Time waits for no one! From Spark Coach this morning..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For procrastinator me....... <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 May 2017 11:25:26 EST It's a new day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have an awesome new day! Tue, 16 May 2017 06:39:04 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looking for the rainbow today! Fri, 12 May 2017 12:48:19 EST Thursday Since I've lived a relatively healthy life, when I am sick it just does me in. <BR> This is my mantra today as I battle a sore throat and major headache with it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>247</em> Thank you to my Spark friends who sent notes yesterday. You are very much appreciated! Thu, 11 May 2017 07:10:46 EST Be Kind it's Monday! <em>213</em> <BR> Good morning Monday! Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 8 May 2017 07:49:18 EST Thanks Coach! Sometimes I remember how badly I wanted to be "skinny" like the other girls just to fit in. <BR> Thank heavens the focus is now mostly on being healthy because it is the only thing that really matters! <BR> <em>250</em> Here's to your good health! <BR> <BR> From SparkCoach this morning, such very good advice! Thanks Coach! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 5 May 2017 08:59:46 EST Thankful Heart.... This week I'm walking around (except when it's charging) with a heart monitor. I came across this picture today that hit home for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>26</em> Too many times we don't think about what works well until something goes wrong. Today I'm grateful for all those good heartbeats I've had for so many years and look forward to many more. <BR> <em>129</em> Take good care of your heart! ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:12:40 EST WooHoo Stars! I just love being a part of this wonderful group! Go Stars! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 2 May 2017 09:44:45 EST Eat your Veggies! <img src=""> <BR> <em>274</em> Eat your veggies and drink water, the best medicine for your health! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:56:35 EST It's a "doing" day! <img src=""> <BR> <em>247</em> Find some joy in whatever you are doing today! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:31:57 EST Earth Day, it was beautiful! My walk today was with a wonderful group of people from our home town who care about the environment and how we will leave things for the next generations. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <em>247</em> Blessings to all who care about our beautiful earth. <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:21:32 EST Day #51 Emotional Eating 100 Days by Linda Spangle (not my first time to work on this) <BR> <BR> Day #51 What is Emotional Eating? <BR> It amazes me that I learned the most from this section of the book and yet it seems to be the part of the book that I abandon first in real life. <BR> <em>252</em> Yesterday I had lunch with 1958TMC, a fellow Sparker, and talked about what I've learned and this morning as I continue to be honest about my journey I realized the reason I've spent time lately in the yo-yo pattern... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:38:46 EST Keep Moving Forward! This is from SparkCoach today: "Blogging is a great way to stay accountable and keep your mind (and hands) occupied instead of eating." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:08:11 EST Today from SparkCoach..... From SparkCoach this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes the right message comes along at the right time! <BR> Wishing everyone a day of health and happiness. <em>247</em> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:58:25 EST Today's SparkCoach For the challenge today on SparkCoach, Coach Nicole suggests every time you go up the stairs, turn around and go down and back up! <BR> And when you go down, go back up and then back down again! <BR> <em>198</em> This has ended up being a good workout for me today as I continue to get the beds and bathroom cleaned after weekend company. <BR> If you have a nice set of stairs at home or at work, give this one a try! <BR> <em>252</em> Thanks Coach Nicole! <em>252</em> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:07:51 EST When is the time right? Lessons from 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> Day #44 It's Not the Right Time <BR> There are definitely times in all our lives when to worry about a new diet and exercise plan just does not work. But there will always be life challenges so doing something is usually better than doing nothing. <BR> <BR> When I really look at my current life, there is no better time to be as healthy and active as I can be. It is the right time! <BR> I have the time because I'm retired. <... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:35:17 EST "Choose" to not "Have" to! My "Magic notebook" entry for this beautiful Spring day in sunny Indiana <BR> 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> Day # 43 Choose to Not Have To (one of my favorite lessons from this book) <BR> Many times in my life I have used the words "have to". <BR> I have to lose weight. <BR> I have to exercise. <BR> I have to clean the house. <BR> The truth is you don't "have" to do anything. It is really a "choice" when you think about it. <BR> <BR> Today I will choose to eat me... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:21:27 EST Love Traveling Love traveling with this team! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We are off to a great start! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:34:24 EST Learning to be me SEECHELE posted a blog this morning about the books she is reading that made me slow down, pay attention and take stock of what I'm really doing. <BR> Brain Over Binge.... hit me and her answers fit my life perfectly ( unfortunately ) at this moment. The difference is that I don't have to worry about someone coming home to catch me! I can control what comes in to the house but it is amazing how much guilt is in a binge and how I can justify it by thinking some is "healthy" food. Of course ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:38:38 EST Still Learning <em>189</em> <BR> "I am thrilled when I am alone and can eat what I want if I wish"! <BR> Whoa, this line from a fellow Sparker really hit me! This is me! <BR> <BR> Two weeks (and counting) of hubby not being here has changed my focus, not in a good way. <BR> I need to remember that just because "I can" doesn't mean "I should"! <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have been "home alone" and even though I'm very busy running back and forth to the nursing home and getting some Spri... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:53:57 EST Wow, how life can change. <em>198</em> <BR> My husband of 56 years was scheduled for knee replacement surgery last Monday. Everyone we talked to and several of our friends who have had the procedure were so enthusiastic that we didn't think our week would turn out like it did. <BR> The knee replacement went well but the meds he was given didn't and for several days he wasn't able to get the therapy needed for a quick recovery. <BR> At the moment he has been placed in a nursing home to get his strength and mobility... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:40:42 EST Next time I want to be a Super Star! My goal for Spring a Super Star! <BR> I'm very proud to be a part of the "Shooting Stars" Winter 5% team and proud of my overall badges! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> My congratulations to our Tighten Your Belt winners! <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> And many thanks to our 2017 Winter Super Stars... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:04:11 EST Adventures Continued! Our final days of Vacation covered Peducah,Kentucky; Metropolis, Illinois; Warrenton,Indiana <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We did not have near enough time at this stop but decided to return for the next quilt show. They have one in March and another in September. <BR> AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah Quilt Show - Paducah, KY <BR> April 26-29, 2017 <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:32:34 EST Adventures in Tennessee <em>213</em> Adventure stop #3 Memphis, TN <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We couldn't resist a photo-op here because we were going by. <BR> Elvis wasn't home! <em>334</em> <BR> Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone! <em>247</em> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:29:23 EST Adventures in Mississippi <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Adventure stop #2 Tunica, MS <BR> I'm not a real gambler but my twenty bucks made me $55.18 on penny slots, got me an awesome room for the night and a lot of laughs! <BR> On to more adventures today. <BR> Hope you all have a great day! <em>247</em> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:57:53 EST Adventure in Arkansas <img src=""> <BR> <em>213</em> Adventure stop #1, lots of exercise in lots of muddy fields! <BR> <em>257</em> <em>295</em> <em>246</em> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:11:00 EST Spring Break <img src=""> <BR> <em>244</em> It's that time of year again. Spring Break here we come! Enjoy! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 06:44:59 EST New Month <img src=""> <BR> This an article from Sparkpeople that made me notice, once again, how fast days slip by. <BR> <BR> Every new season brings a chance to focus on our goals and add or subtract to our daily routine. <BR> My goal is to live a healthy active life each day and to be as kind as possible to all those I meet. <BR> <em>411</em> Blessings and peace! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:20:13 EST Knitting is Good for Your Health! <img src=""> <img src=""> (from Pinterest) <BR> If you already are a knitter, even a beginner, you're probably aware of the therapeutic side of this craft: It simply soothes you to grab those needles and yarn and start creating something from scratch. However, knitting is even more beneficial than it would appear, and we've gathered some... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:33:14 EST Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if posting 3 times a week for the challenge is too much because it shows up everywhere I go on Sparkpeople all day long. <BR> Then I'm reminded how much I appreciate all those friends who stop in, leave messages and make my days so good. My hope is that I can return the love. <BR> <BR> Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:39:47 EST Back to Basics Monday is my day to take stock of how things are going. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So for this week I'll just go back to basics! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a good day, be blessed. <em>247</em> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:48 EST Friday It amazes me how fast the days go by! Thank heavens they are very good days! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend, I was reminded this morning about random acts of kindness! <BR> Smiles and hugs are free, go share! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:23:11 EST Hello <img src=""> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:51:33 EST Walking with LADYLUK <img src=""> <BR> It was a beautiful day for a walk. The sun was shining and although it was windy, I was so happy to take a virtual walk with an awesome group from the Shooting Stars! <BR> <em>591</em> <em>592</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:19:37 EST My word My word for 2017 is Hope. May your day be filled with hope for the future! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:18:01 EST Wednesday Check list Sometimes I need to remember to: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:01:12 EST Streaks on Sparkpeople <em>213</em> This morning I noticed that I have logged into Sparkpeople for 258 days in a row! <BR> This tells me it has been that long since the last vacation where I was unable to log in. My longest streak was 521 days! <BR> <BR> According to my page I have logged in: <BR> 1474/1499 days = 98% <BR> since: 12/28/2012 (The day I joined.) <BR> <BR> This is one of the most important things I do for myself to keep a healthy lifestyle. <em>252</em> <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:24:01 EST Thursday What an awesome week I've had. Thank you to everyone who made my heart sing with words of encouragement and love. I appreciate every one of you! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Feb 2017 20:56:34 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> For most of my life there were plenty of times that Monday meant the beginning of another diet. How nice to finally get to the point of healthy living that means it's just Monday. <BR> I now plan the entire week, fill in the trackers and drink that water. <BR> <BR> True that when you are able to retire, Monday also takes on the meaning of just another day. I've always said I highly recommend... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:08:57 EST Thank You As I clicked to post a new blog I realize yesterday's blog was "Voted Featured Blog Post". <BR> I am amazed, honored and truly grateful. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the kind and encouraging comments that make my time here like checking in with old friends. You all add peace, joy and sometimes giggles to my days! <BR> <BR> My intention was to post from Spark Coach again today so I will go ahead: <BR> From Spark Coach today: <BR> Researchers are finding that individuals who exhibit and exp... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:11:14 EST Healthy and Fit? Today, imagine that you live in a world where scales do not exist. How would you measure your success? How would you know if you were healthy and fit? <BR> <BR> That is the question asked by Spark Coach this morning. <BR> Negative self-talk can easily turn into a damaging self-fulfilling prophecy where you live down–instead of up-to expectations. <BR> <BR> It is an easy question for me to answer because I now feel healthy and fit. <BR> I get some form of exercise every day. <BR> I eat a bal... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:42:08 EST The Sun is Bright Today! This is a note from my Spark Coach this morning: <BR> <BR> "Blogs don't always have to be positive. No matter what the experience, you will be helping others--and yourself--by reflecting." <BR> <BR> According to my 5% challenge I should blog 3 times a week. Last challenge I did but can't seem to find anything now to write about. Even though I believe things aren't always positive I find it hard to put my words out to the public when they aren't. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:57:27 EST Day #100 This is How I Live <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"... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:30:12 EST Day 1 - Winter 5% Challenge 2017 Yesterday I mentioned putting a world map on the wall to actually look for the places we will travel to during the 5% challenge. Since I've never been privileged enough to be a world traveler this is my way of enjoying this wonderful world we live in. <BR> I have been to some very nice places but not Australia... <BR> <BR> Sleeky mentioned trying a dish at each stop that sounds like a fun idea too. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:47:39 EST Let the adventures begin! <em>213</em> <BR> Today we begin the Winter 5% Challenge and like most "Sparkers" I am ready for wherever the leaders take us. <BR> The first time I did the challenge I put a world map on the wall and actually looked for the places we went. Today I plan to get that map out again and check where in Australia I will be this week! <BR> I am looking forward to all the new friends I'll meet along the way. <BR> <em>534</em> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> Let's go Shooting Stars! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:31:29 EST In-Between Challenge <em>304</em> Today is the end of the Fall In-Between Challenge for the Shooting Stars and I am so grateful to all the good people who kept this going and made it a fun time. <BR> <BR> Now we have a week to get set for the Winter 5% Challenge. I have learned that I need to focus on the exercise part of my plan and so I will get some new shoes (with my Christmas gift card), have the treadmill moved to face the window and unroll the yoga mat! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Thank you Bob (RHOOK20... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:23:28 EST