MOLLYBROWN55's SparkPeople Blog MOLLYBROWN55's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Birthday Carrie! Today I wish Happy Birthday to my beautiful middle daughter, Carrie!! 42 years young but looks 19! I love you darling. I wish you the best birthday ever!! <BR> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19:27:26 EST Starting over...YET AGAIN!!! I have found out that I don't ever need to wait until "tomorrow", or "Monday", or January 1 etc to start my nutrition fixing. I can start at lunch, or 2 PM or right now for that matter. How many of us "blow it", only to follow up with a binge, telling ourselves Today's shot so "tomorrow" I'll start again? Every meal, every morsel, can be a new beginning. It simply depends on how badly I want to succeed! So I had a Snickers Bar! It's not the end of the world, nor the end of my program, unless ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:53:57 EST Find that control! I can feel myself spiraling out of control & need to take it back here & now! I'm so glad I have SP to fall back on. I have dozens of friends here & I don't even know your first names! How amazing it is to feel your kindness, support, & unconditional love every day, & to know it is because we only know each others hearts! Thank you all for being my friends, for being supportive & being REAL!! <BR> <BR> No names is fine with me because I get much more than a name from each of you. I cannot th... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:46:54 EST WOO HOO!!! LEVEL 20 SPARKER!!! I am thrilled to be here with some amazing sparkers <BR> of whom I have the utmost respect!!! <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:33:08 EST So close I can taste it! <em>524</em> <BR> I'm so very excited that I have only 700 more points more to achieve "Level 20 Sparker"!! 100,000 points is not easy to reach & it's been more than 4 years in the making. More importantly, that goal has kept me coming to my Spark website on almost a daily basis. For me that is even more huge! By logging on nearly every day I have exposed myself to articles, recipes, health tips, friend's blogs, inspiration, feedback, tips, better choices, support, weight loss, new friends... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:41:03 EST Finally back on the weight loss trail! I'm thrilled to report that I am finally losing once again. It is such a struggle & it's easy for me to want to throw in the towel. However, I refuse to do that! 12 1/2 yrs of weight watchers has forced me to be accountable to my every .2 of a pound. I WILL lose it in 2014. That's my commitment to myself! I want to be healthier & live longer. I want to defy the odds & stay a teenager at least until I'm 99! I'm so grateful to everyone on SP for the support & friendship! And I'm so excited tha... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:04:37 EST This sounds REALLY good to me!! I like this & think it's a good way to begin 2014! <BR> <BR> 12 Steps to Self Care <BR> <BR> 1. If it feels wrong, don't do it <BR> 2. Say "exactly" what you mean <BR> 3. Don't be a people pleaser <BR> 4. Trust your Instincts <BR> 5. Never speak bad about yourself <BR> 6. Never give up on your dreams <BR> 7. Don't be afraid to say "No" <BR> 8. Don't be afraid to say "Yes" <BR> 9. Be kind to yourself <BR> 10. Let Go of what you can't control <BR> 11. Stay away from drama & ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:39:44 EST My son Nicholas as he sang on National TV on Memorial day!! So here is the link to hear Nicholas as he sang the National Anthem at the Cincinnati Reds Baseball game! We are over the moon proud of him! So perfect for memorial day & he made it all about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice! I hope the link works! <BR> <BR><BR>t_id=27500435&c_id=mlb <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>335</em> <em>652</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 02:17:28 EST My son Nicholas will be on National TV on Memorial day! Hello Sparkers, <BR> I wrote this on the Limerick game page but want to share with all my spark friends & family this very exciting news! <BR> <BR> The National Anthem will be sung by my son <BR> At the Cincinnati game Memorial Mon (day)! <BR> He'll make us so proud <BR> As he engages the crowd <BR> And it's obvious that each fans heart's been won! <BR> <BR> He is in a specialized Military Unit that is in training to head to Afghanistan in early June. The Cincinnati Reds baseball team ha... Fri, 24 May 2013 21:12:18 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Nine Today is Feb 14 & day 9 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is that my store is finally coming together. Even though I am not able to be there full time as yet, it is still providing me with a little income, & is challenging my creative juices for decorating & display. So I am suddenly feeling a bit successful as a shop owner! <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Day 9 promise to myself is to maintain my 66 blog comittment. Today I am so tired that it would have... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:41:37 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Eight Today is Feb 12th & Day 8 of my 66 blogs for 66 years. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I am so tired tonite. It seems for whatever reason I could not sleep last nite & slept no more than 2 hours. But I still need to state my gratitude so that I can sleep well tonite! Today I am grateful that I actually have a wonderful home & bed to sleep in. So many do not. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Day Eight promise to myself ~ Starting today, as I am a very positive person, I will look for ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 03:42:15 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Seven Today is Feb 11 & day 7 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is that I made it through the minor surgery that I had this morning. The nerves in my neck & shoulder area should now be cauterized & I pray that the pain will go away for a year or so. Degenerative disc disease is not fun, but I thank God that I have wonderful doctors & that I am still on my feet! He is so generous to me! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I am also grateful for my wonderful, loving & ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 05:03:49 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Six Today is Feb 10 & day 6 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is that I am finally back in front of my trusty desktop computer! It's so much easier to compose when I am comfortable in my surroundings. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> So today I want to explain my purpose for my 66 blogs in 66 days. It seems to me that I have become stale in my approach to my weight loss journey. My effort is more than 15 years old, & although I am 16 lbs less than when I started... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:44:22 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Five I am back home at my desktop, but it just seems like one problem after another is interfering with my blog commitment! <BR> <BR> First my laptop took ill while in San Diego, now it seems that I am getting my grand daughter's strep throat! Sheesh! But even though I am a day late with my day 5, here's my blog, short & sweet! <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Big <em>247</em> to everyone & THANK YOU so much for being here!!! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:37:37 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Four Today is Feb 8 & day 4 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is having had 2 special days with Nick before he heads out to the east coast for training. Although I'm sad to see him go, we've had a wonderful 2 days & I cannot wait until the next time we see him! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> This will be another short blog, as I am in the hotel lobby once again due to my laptop taking a dump! I cannot wait to be back home to my desktop! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 02:17:04 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Three Well today is Feb 7 & day 3 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is that we made it safely to San Diego & have had some very special time with Nick. Unfortunately this blog will be short. My laptop is not working correctly & I am forced to write this in the hotel lobby. The timer says I have only 5 min left! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My promise for today was to stay away from food for in between meals. I will catch up with a short hotel lobby blog tomo... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 02:05:08 EST 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day Two Well today is Feb 6 & day 2 of my 66 Blog commitment for my 66 years. My gratitude for today is looking forward to seeing my "Sailor" son Nick. He is on his way to Afganistan, but has been shipped to within a few hours of our home for uniforms before he heads off to specialized training. We will be able to visit with him tomorrow & Friday, then will be missing him for an entire year. I pray for his safety! <em>10</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> I am happy to sh... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 01:49:29 EST Here we gooooooooooooooo!!! 66 Blogs for 66 yrs - Day One <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to the inspiration of so many, I have decided to give myself 66 blog entries in 66 days. I turned 66 years old on Oct 7, which happens to be Our Lady's Feast of her most Holy Rosary. Although her gifts to me are never ending, the gift of my daily life from our most precious Lord is what keeps me "a-keepin' on"!! So here I am with "Day One"! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Today is February 5th. I have so much to be thankful for, but for today my grati... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:01:55 EST Sparkaversary start-over So since my 1 year Sparkaversary is this week on the 20th, I decided that I would start a "do-over", (or do a "start-over"? oh well) I'm beginning again. Illness has a tendency of slowing down weight loss. All the added medications, as well as the lack of physical activity, not only slowed me down, but sent me back to where I was before I started up here. April 20, 2010 I was I am restarting at 160. It seems overwhelming to say the least, & makes me feel a tad bit frustrated as well... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:00:42 EST Borrowed from Ginger1of16's blog entry..."Should you re-set your weight ticker? I did..." I had to do this Ging...after all, this is my story, & I found the EXACT 8 POUNDS!!! Today I re-set MY weight ticker!! <BR> <BR> "Over the past few months, my weight started to inch up...not by pounds, but by ounces. I kept telling myself it was no big deal, I would soon be back to my recorded weight and continue as usual. <BR> <BR> Numbers can play with your head. All of a sudden I had 8 more pounds to drop before I could even budge from my posted weight. It was overwhelming and I felt lik... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 19:13:57 EST TAKE THAT!!! YOU plateau YOU!!!! To the tune of "Don't cry for me Argentina"! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Fin - ly jumped o'er the pla - teau - o! <BR> The truth is I neee - ver gave up! <BR> Kept up my fitness, <BR> & my nutrition... <BR> I weighed & mea - sureddddd <BR> AND NOW IT'S BRO------KEN!!!! <em>339</em> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:22:48 EST I LOVE the Spark Nutrition tracker! For me "TRACKING" is the ULTIMATE "self conscience"!! It's that birdie looking over my shoulder! The "check & balance" that I was lacking up until now. The reason I love the food tracker is very simple, I thought I was nutritionally educated & have been VERY frustrated in my NO weight-loss journey! So I decided to try what Weight watchers has told me to do for years....TRACK, but only the SPARK way!! Lo & behold, I find out how nutritionally IGNORANT I have been!! This has been a great educat... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 02:07:36 EST "Mom, your friends are strange!!!" I was actually posting this on the "message board" when I discovered something about myself. This response is to the following "Spark People Healthy reflection"! <BR> <BR> *****[[[ "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted". <BR> - Aesop, Greek author of fables <BR> Investing time and energy in others <BR> People usually talk of "spending" energy and time on others as if once it's used, it's gone. In reality, that effort is a powerful investment because you'll get more i... Mon, 24 May 2010 11:29:25 EST SABOTAGE at the Eye Doctor's office!!!!!! I don't understand this world sometimes, although I know we need to go with the flow as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Friday was my annual eye inspection appointment, you know, all the tests to look at little squiggles & dots & sideways E's, and they also dilate your eyes for some reason that I'm not quite sure of. Dilatation makes the eyes quite sensitive to the light. Unfortunately, while in the waiting room for nearly an hour, I could still see perfectly clear. This room was elongated, with... Sat, 1 May 2010 23:39:57 EST Thank you Lord for the California weather!! Here in warm & beautiful southern California, I have discovered something that should have been a "no-brainer" a long time ago! I can "walk" at any hour of the day I choose! <BR> <BR> Last nite it was at 11 PM in my back yard. Around & around & around, plus a 1/4 mile on the street just for good measure! <BR> <BR> Tonite it was a little after 8 PM, but I was able to walk on my block...perfectly measured on my Spark "mile tracker" to 1.25 miles. I really like that one because I have to wal... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:11:08 EST Time to stop blaming every little thing!!! Yup it's still me!! A little older, & much fluffier! At my highest weight in 1999, my 5 foot 1 & 1/2 inch frame topped the scales at 175 lbs. Yikes! Yes, I can blame the initial weight on illness, but ultimately I have to take responsibility for it! Thankfully I am 18 lbs less than that today. HOWEVER...I am still at 157 as I start this new & exciting (YES!!! I'M VERY EXCITED!!!) journey!! I so look forward to feeling better, reducing my medications, & living a long healthy life! My "FUN" g... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:49:22 EST