MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Living a Conscious Life <em>213</em> <BR> Here we are at the beginning of a new month and for me it is the day to weigh in for our 5% challenge. Although the scale did go down some, as I read my commitment for the year it is hard not to be disappointed with myself that this journey to a healthy BMI number is taking so long. <BR> My real problem is not living a conscious life but yesterday's disappointments and tomorrow's worries are sometimes hard to keep in check. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> According to my s... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 05:53:15 EST Time for a New Challenge! It's been a couple of months of vacations, birthday and holiday celebrations and having fun. I didn't do too much damage as far as weight is concerned but now it is time to get back to goal setting and tracking nutrition and exercise. <BR> The next 5% Challenge starts on Saturday and I am lucky enough to again be on the "Shooting Stars" team. It is a joy to see where the team takes us each week and to learn what the LTGL (living the good life) activities will be. <BR> Every time I look... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:37:55 EST May is over? Here we are once again at the beginning of a brand new month. I personally am ready for a fresh start with fresh food from the garden and the Farmer's Market. <BR> <BR> The older I get the more time I spend celebrateing my birthday and this year I pretty much celebrated the entire month of May. It has been awesome with family and friends at home and on trips to new places. My 74th birthday was May 20 and most of the days included lots of activities as well as good food. Not too much we... Sun, 31 May 2015 12:24:14 EST Spring 5% Challenge I am so happy to be back with the "Shooting Stars" for another 5% challenge. I can't wait to see where we will be flying off to. It is great to learn about our world by taking a virtual trips to new and wonderful sites. <BR> Good luck to all my fellow travelers! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>432</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:15:59 EST It's Always the Little Things That Matter! First, happy happy Valentine's Day to all of you. <BR> Yesterday as I was answering a question for a person who was trying to learn how to best use the trackers, I was reminded myself of all the ways that The Sparkpeople web site makes it so easy for us. Even with our whining when things are changed you just can't beat it! <BR> <BR> So today I say <em>304</em> to all you wonderful folks who work every day to make It better! <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:22:27 EST Ending My Second Year on Sparkpeople December 27 will be the second anniversary of my joining Sparkpeople. Because my large happy family will be here to celebrate that day, it seems that I should be writing my thoughts today while it is quiet! <BR> <em>504</em> <BR> My original reason, besides losing weight when I joined Sparkpeople was to get healthy and stay off medication. I am happy to say I have definitely continued to accomplish that. However the weight loss this year has been very lacking. <BR> <em>192</em> <... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:07:55 EST October Challenges Continue I started a new challenge for our great Lemon Team and so far: <BR> <BR> Wk # 1 -- plan menus (planned & stuck to 7 days) <BR> Wk # 2 -- 40 flights of stairs (did 48 stairs & 5 days menus) <BR> Adding: <em>521</em> <BR> Week # 3 -- 20 miles (got 18 1/2 miles & 60 stairs & 5 days menus) <BR> Adding: <em>198</em> <em>521</em> <BR> This week # 4 -- log every bite <BR> --cut down on coffee <BR> This week will challenge my honesty for means getting o... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:17:37 EST October is here already? One of the scary, yet great, things about this web site is the ability to see just how fast time goes by. As we begin a new month and I can see how close I am to yet another Spark anniversary, I begin to panic! Maybe at 73 it's an age thing? <BR> So this morning I am going to list some of the great things I have accomplished lately in my quest for healthy living as a member of this site. <BR> <BR> I am still medication free! <BR> I climbed the stairs 6 times every day during September! <BR... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:19:50 EST Vacation to Sanibel Island My intention when I began the Sparkpeople plan has always been to find something that would fit into my life and become a part of every day. Last week I was lucky enough to spend time on Sanibel Island in Florida and had a wonderful relaxing vacation. <BR> It just seemed natural to be active and choose good healthy food along with a few treats. The best part was that my swimsuit fits! <BR> Now it is time to be more conscious of the "Sizzling Summer Challenge"! We only have a few more wee... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:08:12 EST Sizzling Summer Continues! It is so hard to believe how fast the weeks sail by. My intention for the rest of this challenge is to be aware of each day and get the very best out of myself. <BR> Here's to all you fellow sparkers who are doing everything you can to become a healthier and happier person. All the very best to you. <BR> Go LEMONS! <BR> Phyllis~~ <BR> <em>530</em> <em>652</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:29:22 EST Sizzling Summer The "Sizzling Summer" has begun and with the support of all you wonderful LEMONS I hope to really get with it. <BR> Every day is a blessing and my hope is that I can remember that as I travel through each one. <BR> Blessings to all! <BR> Phyllis~~ Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:56:43 EST New Month, New Week, New Challenge It never ceases to amaze me to look back over my blogs and realize how fast time seems to slip by. My goals change, my menus change, my health changes and slowly my weight has changed. Sometimes life causes me to back-track but I am determined to keep pushing forward in order to live the best life I can. When my daughter told me that I inspired her to eat better and begin walking, I knew every mile walked and every dessert denied was well worth it. <BR> This month begins the "Sizzling Summ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:15:46 EST Sad times but we all must move on! It has been too long since my last update. Unfortunately my niece (Cathy's Quilt) lost her battle with cancer but taught me many lessons about life in her last days. One of the most important things was a reminder that in the end all we have is our health. Because she couldn't control what happened to her, I am determined to do all I can each day to keep myself as healthy as possible. I am also determined to remain an active participant on Sparkpeople because having support is what keeps ... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:11:03 EST Time Flies! Looking at the calendar this morning and realizing how fast this month is going by makes me want to work harder to make sure I get the most out of this day! <BR> I expecially want to remind all you LEMONS to weigh in today! <em>334</em> <BR> Also I am enjoying learning about the Canadian Rockies with all you SHOOTING STARS! <em>141</em> <BR> And all you Possitive Bloggers and SP Class have an awesome day. <em>213</em> <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:22:35 EST Cathy's Quilt Update Cathy's quilt was finished in time to use as a raffle at a gathering of wonderful country people in a little place called Decker Chapel. I am proud to say, with the help of all my children and grandchildren that we raised $1,047 to give to Cathy. I am also proud to say that the winner of the quilt gave it back to be given to Cathy! <BR> Now you can imagine my joy in being able to go spend part of my day today giving her the good news. <BR> Cathy is my niece and has terminal cancer. The bac... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:46:17 EST Cathy's Quilt Sometimes the life we plan gets side-tracked by the life we are sent. It has been several days since I wrote a blog, although I did plan to write one every day which is a goal on one of my teams. <BR> I am trying to finish a quilt for a sweet niece who started it when she was diagnosed with cancer. She is now unable to work on it and I just couldn't stand for it not to get finished. There are no more medicines to try for her so now it is just a matter of time. <BR> The one thing I try... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:00:30 EST Day # 5 When I thought about what I would write today it seemed that waking up to a pipe spewing water under the sink was going to make me get over my "up" attitude which has been here since starting this blog idea. <BR> However when I went to my Sparkpage and clicked on the blogs there, it is both awesome and a little eerie to see what is there. I had never looked back before today. I can't imagine what my life would be like now with the addition of the 32 pounds that I have lost, the addition o... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:11:58 EST Day # 4 What a wonderful surprise I got this morning when logging in my breakfast. There was the addition of a "recent" food catagory which made the logging very easy! <BR> Wishing everyone a wonderful day, stay safe and "keep sparking"! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:48:44 EST Day # 3 Today will be very busy for me which is not always the case since I am retired. As I go thru this day I hope to remember to be thankful for the "places to go" and "things to do" that are on my list. <BR> My prayers for all of you who are "always" busy expecially on Monday morning (I remember it well). Enjoy your day off if it is a holiday for you! <BR> "Lemons" remember to log that water. <BR> <em>194</em> <em>386</em> <BR> And all you lovely "Shooting Stars" shine on! Let's do... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:35:39 EST Day # 2 What wonderful people make up this website! <BR> Thank you every one who commented on my page and added me as a friend especially the fellow travelers on the "Shooting Stars"! I feel very privileged to be in the skies with you. <BR> <em>213</em> <em>432</em> <em>535</em> <BR> <BR> And all you lovely "Lemons" be sure to log that water! <BR> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Let's do this! <em>247</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:12:13 EST Challenge #1 Today I am just happy to be on this website and able to find so many great articles that are helpful, inciteful and motivating. <BR> Today I am happy to know that there are so many people out in our great world that want only the very best for each other. Let's us know that, in spite of what the news tells us, our world is really a great place to be. <BR> Today I am especially sending great vibes and good wishes to my fellow "Lemons" and "Shooting Stars"! Let's do this! <BR> <em>213</em... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:34:36 EST Challenge a Blog a Day! This challenge will be a bit hard for me because I usually post my thoughts on the planner where only I can see it. Kind of chicken but that is me. <BR> <em>448</em> <BR> Tomorrow I will begin my first 5% Challenge and will blog my feelings good and bad here. So for today I am a little nervous that I will mess up the posting and at the same time I am just anxious to get moving. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> My thanks to the people on other teams that encouraged me to do this! <BR> <em>... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:11:06 EST New Challenges are Great This week I am entering a new challenge while I continue to finish another one. These challenges are what keep me moving forward and I appreciate the people who work so hard to keep them going. <BR> Love my "Lemon" Team and now hope to be sitting on a "Shooting Star" come Saturday! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:08:10 EST Ending First Year on Spark As I end the first year of being on Sparkpeople I am happy to look back to the beginning and see all the accomplishments of year one. I have lost 30 pounds, lowered my cholesterol numbers and can climb stairs without getting out of breath. <BR> Now it is time to move on to a new year as a healthier, happier person and to "finish what I started!" <BR> I am so very grateful that I found this website and all the encouragement and help that is here. I am also most grateful for all the Spark... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:16 EST Starting Over This is the last day before the Winter Challenge begins and it is awesome to see that as this year comes to an end that the goal I had in the beginning has come true. <BR> I wanted to never start over from the same weight or more again. <BR> Now when I start over it is another challenge that I have joined. It is a wonderful feeling to be moving ahead instead of being back to the same old number. <BR> Best wishes to all my fellow Lemon Spark Team! <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:27:24 EST How Time Flies! When those big anniversaries come around I am always reminded how important it is to live each day to the fullest. The years just seem to fly by so fast. <BR> Today is my 53rd wedding anniversary and lots has happened in those years (both very good and some bad) but it doesn't seem like it has been that long. As I look back on the years, I know how very blessed I am. <BR> This is also the last day of the Fall Lemon challenge and that also seemed to fly by very fast. That is why I love Sp... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:29:17 EST Bang Moments! Wow, I just read there are 50 days until Christmas which means that there are 53 days until the first anniversary of my finding this website. I know I will write a blog about that day but in the meantime to realize that the day is this close is amazing to me. <BR> My first admission is that this program is probably the first in a long time that I have successfully stuck with. My weight is down, my spirits are up and there are a whole lot of people on this site that I count as friends! <BR> ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:19:09 EST Gratitude Today I feel so blessed because of this website and the good things in my life because of it. <BR> <BR> Recently attended a gathering that I go to each year and the positive comments about my weight loss were very nice but the fact that I felt good, could keep up with everyone and just in general was very happy to be there in comparison to last year made me suddenly stop concentrating on what I still want to accomplish and just be so grateful for what I have done! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:01:35 EST Goodbye September! Hello October! I must admit that I am grateful the month of September is behind me. I must also admit that I am very excited about the new month of October tomorrow. There is always something good about being able to start with renewed determination to reach a goal. <BR> My goal for October is to always be under 179 on the scale even in the Doctor's office. <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:56:15 EST Welcome September! I am so looking forward to starting the new month and being able to build back up day by day. The challenges for September will be a great reason to pay close attention to new ways to make my life better and better. <BR> Last Monday I finally had the operation I have been dreading all summer. It was a success and now with a few days more of healing I will be able to get back to new challenges. <BR> I have four more months before the anniversary of joining Sparkpeople and I plan to make th... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:50:49 EST Family Ties Sometimes I have a day that just makes me sit back and say "Thank you GOD for puttiing me in this place at this time!" Today was one of those days. We had two wedding showers for the girl who will soon marry my grandson. To reconnect with people and get so many hugs and well wishes is an awesome experience. At certain times I feel so proud of the young kids in the family: school teachers, bankers, agronimist (the bride), lab tech, etc that I have renewed faith in the younger generation.... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:37:15 EST Check up at the Primary Doctor It seems, unlike in the old days when I went to the Doctor the family knew who I saw, now I must mention which Doctor I went to. Yesterday it was my primary Doctor who said "keep doing what you are doing"! The weight is down and so are the cholesterol numbers. <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> So far no Crestor for me! <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:49:52 EST A Look Back My challenge from the SparkCoach program today is to look back at what I have accomplished, what I have changed and what is better in my life. <BR> Because of a complication, my surgery scheduled for today was postponed and I was feeling anxious and out of sorts. This brought me right back to what is important. <BR> <BR> Some, probably not all: <BR> I have met several goals and have been able to set new ones. <BR> I can walk several blocks without being tired or out of breath <BR> I can get... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:05:57 EST Time Just Seems to Fly Maybe it is the fact of getting older that makes it seem that time just seems to be flying by. Today is the date of my first big goal set back on December 28, 2012. It seemd so far away at the time. I am pleased to say I only missed it by 2 pounds. My cholesterol numbers are now at a good level and all my summer clothes fit. <BR> I have learned so much about living a more healthy lifestyle and have a whole book of new recipes. I have also learned there are many many wonderful people asso... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:50:48 EST July not so welcoming! My weekend has not been going well. Ended up in the ER on Friday night with a kidney infection and now am on antibiotics and pain pills which make me dizzy. <BR> <BR> Most of the month of June went quite well until the last week. <BR> Really looking forward to feeling better and getting rid of my temperature and headache. <BR> <em>46</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:10:20 EST Welcome to June! The month of brides, roses and for me a new <em>198</em> . <BR> Figured out so much in the past 5 months and am now ready to work on what will get me to the goals that I want. <BR> Today my challenge from Sparkguy: write 3 things that I have accomplished lately. <BR> These make me proud: <BR> 1. my first 5K walk in many many years <BR> 2. having all my summer clothes fit (some are too big) <BR> 3. being able to walk up and down stairs without wheezing <BR> Today my challenge from Cheri... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:49:21 EST Wow, last day of May already? Wow! Where does the time go? It is the last day of May already. Five months have whizzed by and it is time to change things up and put together a program just for me. <BR> It is time to STOP wondering what my husband wants to eat and just make my own (he is very capable of making his if he doesn't want to share mine). <BR> It is time to STOP having so may projects for others to do and just work on my own. <BR> It is time to STOP planning and JUST DO IT! <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 08:24:54 EST Mini vacation With birthday and trip to Atlanta for grandson graduation, I will skip new recipes this week but look forward to my week 2 starting on Monday.....I am keeping in my food log numbers this week though.. Thanks for the comments. Thu, 23 May 2013 16:52:02 EST Spark Solution Week #1 It's hard to believe the first week of the Spark Solution challenge has come and gone. My reason for starting was to see what could be different from other plans and to continue on my journey of getting healthy as I get older. <BR> The biggest change for me has been in how my clothes fit. I was very comfortable in my dress clothes in church this morning. <BR> My favorite part of the plan is all the different foods I have tried (although I did not try them all) and the fact that I now have l... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:42:31 EST WooHoo! Walked on the treadmill because of the wind at our house. Finished my first 5K Walk in many many years in 65 minutes. My plan now is to make sure to do one 5K every month! <BR> Happydoes sent me balloons that I pictured holding me up the last quarter mile. It is amazing what the mind can convince us we can or can't do. <BR> Thanks to all the Sparkers who have made this site such a positive place to be. <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 18 May 2013 07:16:11 EST Still on my Way Today was my first 2 1/2 mile walk. It is getting easier and easier to convince myself that I can really accomplish the 5K walk that I am working on. There are lots of articles on this web site to help and I am grateful that I found it. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 18:57:25 EST 17 Days Until 5K Walk Been doing very well on my walk schedule and went outside this moring to walk since the weather is so beautiful today. This is the week that lots of birds fly across Indiana on their way to summer (vacation?) and I live by a gravel pit so we have lots of visitors. There were also 3 deer on their way to the woods. <BR> Wishing everyone a blessed day! Wed, 1 May 2013 09:59:33 EST 5K Walk Today for some reason I decided to up my walks and start training for a 5K walk. The very first day will be a challenge for me but here I go! My heart goes out to all those affected by the Boston Marathon yesterday so I will think of them today as I push myself to begin this challenge. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:06:44 EST Front Porch Swing Today is another beautiful day. After taking a long walk, I plan to get my library book and sit in the front porch swing. The bed will be made, the dishes will be done and my healthy dinner planned but there will be dust on some furniture, some projects not finished and some things left for another day. This is the reward of retirement and sometimes I forget because lots of folks think if you don't "work" you would be happy to do theirs. Sometimes I just need to let it all go and sit on ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:35:02 EST Sunshine! The sunshine is glorious today! Temps are rising and I am anxious to get out there! <BR> Can't wait for the new asparagus to grow and the strawberries, yum. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:44:31 EST End of March This has been a very productive month for me both in learning new recipes, learning what activity works for me and learning to get things done. My hope is that I will get past Easter without too many chocolate bunnies and that with the coming month of April I will continue to get such great support and ideas from Spark People! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:24:12 EST March is marching right by. This month has seen lots of changes for me and I plan on having many more. The Spark program is a very exciting challenge and I have just begun! Today I was able to map my walk all the way to Frey's and back---woohoo! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>315</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:04:17 EST March is marching in. With the new month of March I am more committed to keep up with logging in to my Spark page and to keep up with my exercise which is making all the difference in how I am approaching this new plan. <BR> Cameron here I come in May and will be able to keep up with YOU! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:12:27 EST Lent My lenten devotion will also include taking good care of myself as well as the other people in my life. My prayers are for all those in need. <BR> Upped my walking to 6,000 steps this week and feel so good today! Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:24:54 EST No excuses Last week I was able to walk over 5000 steps every day and so far this week I have been able to up the number to over 6000 steps every day. <BR> No excuses! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:57:47 EST