MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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