MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Thank You <em>220</em> <BR> Thank you to all the wonderful Sparkers who encourage me every day to be an active member of this great (free) website. <BR> Prayers for all those who are suffering in flooded areas. <em>458</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:16:03 EST Keeping promises..... Keeping promises..... <BR> Most teams I'm on have special goals that I've signed up to do. One of those on the 5% team is to post 3 blogs each week. <BR> This seems to be a hard one for me because when things are going bad, I tend to hide and not share. When things are going well, it feels like I'm bragging. <BR> <BR> The title of tomorrow's lesson on the "100 Days" team is Do It Anyway so today I will post the blog and hope it helps just one person keep going without making eyes roll bec... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:39:12 EST Matthew All my thoughts and well wishes for the people affected by the storm! <em>458</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 06:25:58 EST Thank You! Oh how nice have great company on this journey of healthy living! <BR> I sincerely thank everyone for your continued support. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:33:15 EST Team Spirit Some teams are very active and some aren't but I will say that every time someone checks in, starts over, or joins a challenge, it is like having a good friend from the past come for a visit! <BR> <BR> Keep showing up dear Sparkers any time you can, I am always glad to hear how your doing! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:23:53 EST Friends Sometimes when I look at my homepage I realize how many friends are pictured there and then I start checking to see who is still active. <BR> Today was my lucky day when I chose to contact one of my very first friends here that I have been able to meet in person a couple of times. That makes the connection even more special. <BR> We had a wonderful chat and I feel blessed! <em>437</em> A nice "rainbow" moment. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:07:42 EST New Challenges New Challenges <BR> Challenges are one of the ways for me to keep from going back to square one. However, I realize that I have set myself up in several at the same time. <BR> At first there was a bit of panic as I tried to figure out how to be accountable to all of them until I remembered the bottom line for success in every one is the same. <BR> It's about the food.... <BR> It's about the activity..... <BR> It's about being healthy!!! <BR> So it is with joy that I begin the 5% Challenge ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:39:37 EST July and August <em>298</em> It has been a really wonderful summer for me. <BR> We have had some nice vacation days, enjoyed our new great grandsons and been in good health. <BR> <em>550</em> The Farmers Market has been full of good produce so the freezer is ready for winter. <BR> <em>414</em> Summer time went way too fast but I did manage some reading and relaxing on the front porch. <BR> Retirement is awesome! I am grateful for every day! <BR> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:20:06 EST My month of June It always seems that the days just fly by and if I don't slow down at least once a month and bask in the gratitude I may not remember just how awesome my days have been. <BR> One of the lessons I have learned is to "look for the rainbows". <em>437</em> <BR> All medical tests are good, still no medications, although my doctor did recommend Vitamin D. <BR> We were blessed with a precious new great grandson. <em>176</em> <BR> The scale is finally moving down. <em>192</em> <BR> T... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:20:26 EST My month of May! May is usually the best month of my year. So far it is shaping up to be excellent again this year. <BR> Trip #1 was a day out with friends to "The Azalea Path", a beautiful garden that we enjoy visiting each spring. <BR> Trip #2 was a Mother' day weekend with all our children and several grandchildren to the wedding of our youngest son and his beautiful bride. Now we get to enjoy pictures of the Paris honeymoon on Facebook! Next week they are going to Italy! <BR> Trip #3 is a "girls we... Wed, 11 May 2016 07:56:14 EST Day# 91-100 Put it Into Action Day 91 -- 100 Put It Into Action <BR> <BR> Day #91 Obesity Is a Condition <BR> This is a concept I have never thought of before but it makes perfect sense to me because I have lost and regained weight many times in my life. <BR> I remember the first time I read a medical record that described me as a "post-menopausal obese patient" but until this lesson I had not thought of it as being a condition that I can learn to control but that I will always have. <BR> To be the healthy person I w... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 07:46:29 EST Day 81-90 Long Term Success Lessons learned from the book "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle <BR> Day 81 -- 90 Long-Term Success <BR> Day# 81 Unhook the Chains <BR> The behavior chain begins with frustration <BR> which leads to a few comments, <BR> which leads to me going off alone, <BR> which leads to the "heart hunger" that needs nurtured. <BR> Because with these lessons I've learned that it is "heart hunger," I now use nurturing ways to cope instead of food. <BR> <BR> Day #82 Last-Straw Eating <BR> The o... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:27:46 EST Day #71 - 80 Day 71 -- 80 Growing Stronger <BR> <BR> (TODAY I AM ALMOST 75% THROUGH THE BOOK! ) <BR> The name of this book is "100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle! <BR> Time to put lessons in action and actually work on weight loss! <em>9</em> <BR> In the first lessons I faced what I was doing, then why, and now time to use the lessons daily. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Day #71 It's too Hard! <BR> No it's not....I have accomplished many hard things in my life. <BR> My "magic notebook" has a ver... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 06:38:47 EST Day # 61-70 <em>213</em> <BR> It's funny that this morning when I saw we are at the end of another section of the book, I was thinking I almost can't wait to go through the book again. <BR> It feels like the days are passing by so fast that I need to go through it again and slow down to really get the lessons into habits. <BR> <BR> From the book "100 Days" by Linda Spangle, which I've posted on the Team page and only copy here because I want all the things I'm learning about myself in one place. <B... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:53:52 EST Day #51 - 60 <em>213</em> <BR> Today I am actually on lesson 64 of the "100 Days" that I began on January 1. I joined the team and post there but wanted to copy my thoughts on my Sparkpage so that I can have them together because they go by so fast. <BR> Can you believe it is already day 64 of the new year? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Day 51 - 60 Emotional Eating <BR> Day # 51 <BR> What is a emotional Eating? <BR> When I began this "100 Days" book I did not think I was an emotional eater. I was sure... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 07:30:58 EST Day #42 - 50 My lessons from the "100 Days" book by Linda Spangle <em>386</em> <BR> Day #42 Make it Matter <BR> Any time you sit on the fence regarding your food and exercise plan, you'll almost always fall to the wrong side. That is a powerful statement! <BR> To get past this roadblock MAKE IT MATTER! <BR> My first reason to stay on a healthy food and exercise plan is to stay off the medications all my friends are on. <BR> The ambivalence sometimes comes between checkups when I can fool myself ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:33:32 EST Day # 41 Day 41-50 Jump-Start Motivation <BR> <BR> Day # 41 Motivation is a Choice <BR> <BR> Motivation isn't in the junk drawer! <BR> "Motivation is a choice!" <BR> One thing that always seems to get me back to my healthy living plan is to start a new project or challenge. <BR> TODAY: <BR> Lent begins so for the "40" days of lent, I will make a choice to live my life choosing only what is healthy for me. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:35:56 EST Day 31 - 40 of "100 Days " Day 31 - 40 Listen to Your Body <BR> <BR> Day #31 Hunger Scale <BR> I have experienced every number on the hunger scale but I think I live in the 0 neutral number most days. <BR> When I am home all day I eat by the clock because my husband needs meds that require food. I eat when he does. <BR> Just now, while watching the weather channel, there was a food commercial that made me think it is time for breakfast. Amazing what you learn when you pay attention! <BR> I will wait until I'm be... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:26:33 EST Motivation for Today I just read this on a message board and it seems so true. Makes me know that this journey we are on to live a healthy happy life is so important. <BR> <BR> The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; h... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 06:47:12 EST Never Quit Pledge I copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:12:21 EST New Year - 2016 <em>505</em> <BR> This morning I received a note from a friend who is leaving Spark. She was the first person to contact me when I joined and I am very sad to see her go. <BR> It made me think of the other people in my "friends" list who have come and gone over the past three years. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> So why do I stay? <BR> Because I have never been able to keep weight off before (although I want to lose more). <BR> Because I have never worried about eating healthy balanced meals... 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