MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 My In-Between Challenge The badges I earned during my "Christmas" break! Working on one more for this week! <BR> We are in San Francisco, wonderful sites.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:47:53 EST Hope and Dream The new year is just full of hope and the dream of better health and a happy life. <BR> However until we change our "lifestyle" everything will be the same at years end. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 05:26:26 EST Traveling down Memory Lane - Happy SparkAnniversary! December 28, 2012, the parties were over, my legs were swollen from too much weight, too much of the wrong foods and too little time in any meaningful exercise. <BR> After years of "diets" of every description my comment was always "I'm not going over 200 no matter what!" <BR> But, once I did go over 200 pounds, it was amazing how easy it became to just check to see how far over it was. All the time I was in and out of WW (a good program) TOPS (also a good program) the soup diet (sort of ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:45:40 EST Santa is Coming! <img src=""> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:23:56 EST "Happiness Day # 7 As I looked through the albums it seems impossibe that 56 years have gone by. We've had good times, tragic times, blessings mixed with heartache. <BR> <em>129</em> We've survived it all! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We plan to have family pictures taken next Saturday of our very large family. Suffice it to say we are... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:05:04 EST "Happiness Day # 6 One of my favorite pastimes is painting, usually on a smaller canvas! <BR> My "happy place" at home! <em>268</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My "happy place" on vacation! <em>298</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My wish is that you find time to enjoy your "happy" place this weekend! <em>247</em> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:57:02 EST "Happiness" Day # 5 As I get older I complain about keeping our big house clean but I would miss this weekend if I moved. <BR> We have a tradition every Memorial Day weekend that the kids come home, pitch tents in the yard, and call early to reserve inside space! <BR> There are fishing contests, corn hole contests, euchre tournaments and late night visits around the fire. <BR> In the picture a couple of the young kids still have their "Super girl" and "Superman" masks and capes on from an obstacle course. The... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:10:49 EST Happiness Day # 4 <BR> It is obvious to me that when things are going wrong I just need to look through saved pictures to "find my happiness"! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Heading out to make Sand Castles! <em>298</em> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:24:01 EST "Happiness" Day # 3 Have I mentioned lately how much my friends and family put the "happiness" in my days? <BR> Yesterday it was "happy" great grandchildren and today it is my beautiful new daughter-in-law and my son! It was a beautiful wedding! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope your day is this happy! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:11:25 EST "Happiness" Day # 2 I want to be this happy, just not this dirty! <BR> Just some of my great grandchildren after the rain on a very hot summer day......... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:01:45 EST The "Happiness" project - Day #1 For everyone who stops in, I plan to only put out happy thoughts this last week of the Fall 5% challenge. <BR> If you are interested in joining the Winter 5% challenge just check it out! It will begin in January! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:03:20 EST The Weekend Memo <img src=""> <BR> It's been a tough week for me but at least the scale stayed the same! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>437</em> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:56:29 EST Blessings on your day! <em>213</em> To all the wonderful fellow travelers on this journey to healthy living, I am so glad you are here to lift me up every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>652</em> P.S. Thank you to all the veterans, we thank you for your service! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 04:48:48 EST Take the medicine! He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest <BR> but he that PREVENTS it is the safest physician. - Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>758</em> <em>760</em> <em>769</em> <em>766</em> <em>776</em> <em>782</em> <em>783</em> <em>788</em> <BR> <BR> You will be so happy when you learn the real secret of good medicine! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:31:34 EST Monday Already? <img src=""> <BR> Actually my Monday has been very productive and my fall cleaning is coming along very nicely. Today I scrubbed lots of baseboards which meant time on my knees, but it looks good. Too bad there's lots more to do. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The very good thing about scrubbing a big house with lots of rooms is that I have now lost weight every week of the current 5% challenge! There's always a s... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:16:09 EST Sensible Saturday! Serene Sunday! A while back I wrote a blog called "my weekend motto" and luckily a fellow Sparker named GOODGETNBETR clicked on it and so the email message I received made me to take a look back. It is the weekend, so I am going to use it again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far so good! <BR> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 18:23:01 EST Rainbow Joys! This was the view from the front porch this morning, looking toward the west where we rarely see any rainbows. <BR> We could see end to end, it lasted a very long time and for a while it was a double rainbow. <BR> Nice way to start my day! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:23:24 EST Another Joyful Adventure The new river walk in our town was where I spent my day out with a wonderful friend just catching up on what our families are up to. We ate at a little corner cafe that has been there for many years and then walked down to the river. <BR> The weather was beautiful and we spent time on one of the benches enjoying the view! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:32:29 EST A Little "Me" Time It's Friday, WooHoo! <BR> Today I plan to just do as I please and enjoy every minute of it. <BR> <em>465</em> My hope is that you will also have some time to enjoy this day. <BR> <BR> This was the beginning of my last adventure so no telling what today will bring! <BR> It's an old railroad bridge between Indiana and Illinois. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are boards layer out to drive on and a 50 cent ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:32:38 EST Tuesday - Cleaning Day! To continue my pledge to blog at least 3 times per week (until Nov 19), here goes another thought from your fellow Sparker who is retired, healthy and quite happy. <BR> <BR> There are lots of thoughts already about the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) and I know it's all about the reason for the season but THERE WILL BE FOOD! <BR> <BR> My Thanksgiving dinner, my Christmas and my holiday visitors include 4 children (all with husband or wife), 10 grandchildren (all ma... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:25:31 EST My Weekend Motto! <img src=""> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:37:50 EST Team Spirit! <em>213</em> <em>304</em> <BR> I received a "boxing gloves" goodie from the "100 Days" team today, thank you Gill. It does indeed take a "fighters" spirit to change your life to good healthy living consistently because there aren't many ads for broccoli or cauliflower but lots for fast food and empty calories! <BR> <BR> I have been through these lessons before and in looking back, I can see how they are now part of my daily life. <BR> Looking ahead I remember the next section (Put... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:07:03 EST Doctors - Best Doctors in the world: <BR> 1. Sunlight <BR> 2. Rest <BR> 3. Exercise <BR> 4. Diet <BR> 5. Self Confidence and <BR> 6. Friends <BR> Enjoy a healthy life! <em>381</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:13:54 EST Shooting Stars Today I want to give a shout out to the wonderful folks on the Shooting Stars of the 5% Challenge team. What a great week, I'm proud to be among you. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:09:07 EST WooHoo Today is going to be awesome! Hope yours is too! <em>247</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:47:44 EST