MAWMAW101's SparkPeople Blog MAWMAW101's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My favorite picture..... just wishing! Oh how I would just love to be here’s hard to give up that vacation feeling! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:34:34 EST Back from Vacation! <img src=""> <BR> One more time through the lessons of this book! <BR> I just returned from vacation and even though I know not to weigh in yet, it is true that old habits can return and before we know it the days go by without enough fruit, veggies and water. <BR> There was at least oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit at most hotels so I began my days with a good breakfast. <BR> However not too many restaurant men... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:56:38 EST WooHoo! Time for Spring Break 2018! <em>298</em> It’s time for a new adventure, Spring Break 2018! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 08:16:05 EST Day # 93 of 100 Days Day #93 My 20-Year Plan (Still a good plan for me.) <BR> <BR> Seven things I can do for life: <BR> 1. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day <BR> 2. Drink more water, less coffee <BR> 3. Cook with less fat and salt <BR> 4. Log meals and pay attention to nutrition every day <BR> 5. Keep track of cholesterol numbers and scale number <BR> 6. Do one thing every day to lift my spirits (a smile, a prayer, a nap)! <BR> 7. Pay attention to my emotions and nurture them not feed them! <BR>... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 20:40:50 EST Day #91 of 100 Days Day #91 Obesity Is a Condition <BR> <BR> This is such a true statement for me. <BR> <BR> Just like when I don't pay attention, my cholesterol numbers go up and I am faced with changing my life or going on medication, the same is true of my weight. If I don't get on the scale I am faced with having all those physical problems attached to being overweight! <BR> <BR> These lessons have given me the incite to see my reasons for turning to food. They are procrastination, anger and hurt feel... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 09:19:03 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> This says it all! Thanks to the person who posted it first. <BR> Have a good one! Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:17:27 EST Wednesday, go Stars! <img src=""> <BR> And just like that, we off to see more of our glorious earth! <em>432</em> <em>535</em> <BR> Go Stars! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:28:31 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Perfect thought for the week! Have a great day Super Stars! <em>220</em> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:17:25 EST Loved my time in Cairo, thanks team! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:38:36 EST Friday Day #82 Last-straw Eating <BR> There will always be tough times to work thru and temptations everywhere to indulge in the old ways. <BR> Lately I've noticed that working thru the times of celebration can be just as hard. If I overdo I feel stuffed and yucky but it is all so tempting when it's a party, a celebration or vacation. <BR> <em>227</em> My goal is to remember "one day" or "one party" or “one more vacation” does not need to turn into a drive into the ditch! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:20:03 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <em>246</em> Recently we were asked about our dream house, this looks pretty good! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can I get a maid, butler, and chauffeur, please? <BR> <BR> Hope it’s a good week site-seeing team! Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:56:31 EST Tuesday <em>437</em> Being older and retired makes a big difference for sure in what we focus on. <BR> <BR> Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person <BR> My healthy life: <BR> 1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting! <BR> 2. Exercise-- keep active (must get creative in winter months) <BR> 3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans (planning two trips this year) <BR> 4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life. <BR> 5. P... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:21:39 EST Getting “healthy” Today on SparkCoach the thought is to share my goals. I know I’ve shared mine many times here with different teams, with my wonderful Spark friends and in several blogs. <BR> <BR> My Streaks: <BR> 300 days: Log in to SparkPeople every day! <BR> <BR> In checking back I see I’ve logged in 99% of the time since I joined over 5 years ago. I do know the 26 days I didn’t log in I was on a plane, in a hospital or otherwise not able or interested in logging in. <BR> <BR> So today I’m not won... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:33:47 EST Thought for the day! <img src=""> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:32:09 EST My snow day Filled my snow day with one of my favorite pastimes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also got a treadmill walk in so it was a nice day! <BR> <em>213</em> I do hope your day was good too. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:54:37 EST As we celebrate Dr. Matin Luther King Jr He Had a Dream. This Wasn’t it. <BR> by John Pavlovitz <BR> <BR> Dr Martin Luther King Jr had a dream. I'm pretty sure this wasn't it. This America, more fractured than ever. This heart sickness, as insidious as its ever been. This toxic enmity, still coursing through our veins. This denial of humanity based on pigmentation. This argument over the value of black lives <BR> <em>652</em> We’re better than this! Let’s change it! Please! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:20:20 EST Friday is here along with the snow! Today I feel very blessed that I’m retired and can stay home! <BR> First it was a very rainy day yesterday, followed by ice last night and now snow this morning! <BR> It looks pretty so I’ll get out the paint brushes and paint another scene like this one painted several years ago. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the meantime I will be sending good thoughts to everyone who must travel while we are under a winter s... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:38:37 EST Find your happy ending <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You are responsible for your own well-being. Of course, problems arise and setbacks occur, but you need to respond with resiliency or you won't go the distance and find your happy ending."— Edward T. Creagan, M.D. <BR> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:31:59 EST Twenty years? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are always good ideas popping up here every day but this one made me pause. <BR> Twenty years from now I will be a very elderly lady. At first I didn’t want to think about it but then I decided to just go ahead and plan for it! ((LOL)) <BR> Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:12:23 EST Time’s Up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, now I see! Time for a new tactic. <em>246</em> <BR> I’m happy to be joining the “Shooting Stars” for a lot of new adventures. <em>213</em> <em>141</em> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 19:56:12 EST Another Spark Anniversary - WooHoo! December 28, 2012 - December 29, 2017 <BR> <BR> As I celebrate another anniversary on SparkPeople I would like to recommend that you take time to review your blogs if you have been posting here for a while now. <BR> Sometimes I forget just how very awesome my life is because of the people who have been a part of my everyday activities here. <BR> I have had some wonderful days, some sorrowful days, some successes and some failures. The one thing I know for sure is that my life is healthier... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:48:25 EST My fellow 5% In-between Travelers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The SSGT members on board for this mission were: <BR> <BR> BABS4625 <BR> BARBIE176 <BR> GOULDSGRANITE <BR> LADYLUK <BR> MAWMAW101 <BR> YBBHAPPY <BR> <BR> Thanks for being on board! <BR> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:27:14 EST 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! The challenge starts on Saturday, January 6th, 2018.! <BR> This is a great way to get a fr... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:46:51 EST It’s the weekend! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you find some calm in all the busyness of the season! Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:47:05 EST Good News Week At the beginning of this week I joined my friend Tina (1958TMC) in a “good news”day. <BR> I decided to make it a good news week and have been so happy that I did. <BR> <em>445</em> This was my intention list: <BR> Monday - giving bus money to a high-school girl trying to work and finish school. <BR> Tuesday- ringing bells for the Salvation Army <BR> Wednesday - donating clothes and Christmas items to St. Vincent DePaul Society <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> <em>271</em> Today (... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:16:47 EST A Good News Day Fellow Sparker 1958TMC (Tina) asked us to join her in a “Good News Day” today. <BR> I hope we can flood her page with “good news”! <BR> <em>445</em> My plan is to make it a good news week. <BR> Monday - giving bus money to a high-school girl trying to work and finish school. <BR> Tuesday- ringing bells for the Salvation Army <BR> Wednesday - donating clothes and Christmas items to St. Vincent DePaul Society <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> <em>311</em> Hopefully one of those extra da... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 07:00:33 EST Happy Thanksgiving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Giving thanks. <BR> <BR> When researched, the neuroscience of gratitude it turns out, has the power to improve your physical, mental and emotional health. <BR> It doesn’t just make things feel better – it actually makes them get better. <BR> <BR> Happy Happy Thanksgiving! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:33:34 EST My Week Thank you to the wise leaders of the 5% Challenge. This week we added “me time”. <BR> My list: <BR> *a massage which was awesome <BR> *a nap on a rainy day <BR> *a mother/daughter lunch <BR> *a junior-high stage play with a great granddaughter <BR> *meditation <BR> *a long talk with a best friend <BR> Today an afternoon working on quilts with “the quilt lady” is my plan! <BR> <em>52</em> These were such simple things that I think of sometimes but tend to put off. This week I made a p... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:06 EST Blog for my teams! 100 Days <img src=""> <BR> I’m in! <BR> <BR> Shooting Stars <BR> For WOW Wednesday, thanks to IRISHSWEETPEA 53 - time to be stress free! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:01:56 EST Day 1 of 100 <img src=""> <BR> If you’ve always wondered about this book, come join in today <em>249</em> <BR> It’s a great way to learn about yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:15:31 EST Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 09:07:21 EST My visitor today.... How lucky am I to have this sweet little guy visiting today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Should get in more steps! Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:23:39 EST New week for 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <em>104</em> Sometimes we just need to refocus! Go team! Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:16:34 EST WOW Wednesday IRISHSWEETPEA53 — Shooting Stars - thank you for this assignment! <BR> <em>220</em> We will focus on our “SUPPORT SYSTEM” this week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am truly grateful for all my Spark friends who support me every day. May I always be able to support you! Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:29:57 EST Thanks Barb! Thank you so much Barb for keeping us in the skies. <BR> <em>104</em> My badges awarded for the week: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://p... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:44:35 EST Another day to get moving! <img src=""> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:29:32 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:31:07 EST Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:14:37 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "There is a special age in life for launching a new dream. The perfect time to begin is always today." ~unknown Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:40:26 EST Friday......Make Friends with the Scale MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SCALE: Chapter #5...GO AHEAD AND TOSS THE SCALE <BR> <BR> There are definitely times that I'm very disappointed about the number that “Sparkie the Scale” says to me! <BR> For now I will keep the Scale, but keep my conversation about it to mostly Spark friends. <BR> <BR> From an earlier post I wrote: <BR> "If the only place you go is the Doctor and the only thing you talk about is how bad you feel, it limitis the conversation. <BR> By the same token, if the only thing... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:12:33 EST Fall is Here! Thank you Spark Coach for my morning Spark! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:46:58 EST Day #100 of the 100 Days Lessons How I decide to live my life is really MY CHOICE! <BR> Only I can make the CHOICE to live as happy and healthy as possible. <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 b... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 08:08:59 EST 100 Days <em>521</em> <em>594</em> <BR> Day 95 - Set your Intentions <BR> My intention from the beginning of this journey has always been to get to a healthy BMI number. So far I’ve gone from extremely obese to obese to overweight. <BR> <BR> My intention for the 5% Challenge is to go from overweight to healthy. <BR> My intention is to continue to focus on good nutrition and tracking. <BR> My intention is to also focus on exercise daily and track it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day #96 What Will It Ta... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:17:48 EST October Happiness! <img src=""> <BR> Thanks for this one Maribeth (Aura18)! <BR> Sun, 1 Oct 2017 13:13:57 EST From 100 Days of Weight Loss Each time I repeat these lessons I realize how my life has changed in a really good way. <BR> <BR> Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person <BR> My healthy life: <BR> 1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting! <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise-- keep active <BR> (Walks with fellow Sparker Tina are a joy added to my life.) <BR> (Virtual walks with Sparker Diana are also very interesting. We just finished walking the Amalfi Coast in Italy!) <BR> <BR> 3. Family--always... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:51:50 EST Have a good day! <em>550</em> <em>194</em> <em>216</em> <em>102</em> <BR> Eat well, exercise, & get some rest! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:57:10 EST Happiness Factor - ditto! <img src=""> <BR> <em>176</em> Our newest Great Grandbaby going home! He was 9lb 10oz at birth and is just precious! First-time parents and baby all doing well. <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> My heart is so sad for all those affected by fire, flood, earthquake, etc. Thank goodness for all the wonderful people who provide safety and comfort by their generous call to help in times of tragedy! <BR> <em>458</em> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:49:03 EST Happiness factor Sometimes, in search of things to keep me pushing on, I add to my "daily check list" of goals. <BR> This week I've added: My happiness factor! <BR> <em>311</em> This was part of my happiness walk for yesterday with Spark friend 1958TMC! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a perfect day! I hope you can find some happiness in your day today. <BR> <em>458</em> Take good care and all my prayers for those in Texas. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:19:48 EST Thank You! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <BR> A big hug and thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog on "getting older". <BR> I'm actually happy to be 76, medication free and able to go through all the testing with flying colors. <BR> I'm also happy to receive all the compliments, I only wish it wasn't so unusual. <BR> <BR> This came by way of a dear, sweet friend. It's a beautiful message. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:33:13 EST When I get old! Sometimes it just hits me that we are now the "old people" in our family. <BR> I was telling the story of my last visits to a new doctor for a battery of tests and how at each part of the process the fact that I take no medications was met with comments like: <BR> really? <BR> you are so lucky! <BR> no meds for blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, stress, anxiety? <BR> <BR> At this point in telling the story the "kid" I was relaying it to said, well most old people are on lots of meds....... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:43:10 EST