MOMWANTSNOWAIST's SparkPeople Blog MOMWANTSNOWAIST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's My Sparkanniversary Today! January 21,2010~ What a day that was ~taking the plunge to commit to Sparkpeople and I really DO NOT LIKE computers! I LOVED the SP website when a friend showed me how she tracked her calories with the Nutrition Tracker! <BR> Fast forward to 2018~ my 8th Sparkanniversary ! Have I been on all 8 years ? No, only about 6 of them ,but it is a better % than I thought. I LOVE this community! <BR> When I reached my goal weight the first time ,I received much help from friends about maintenance! ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:36:02 EST New Year's Surprise~4 lbs. GONE and I CAN DO THIS! I knew whenever I put myself on the back burner ,especially during the holiday season, and do not exercise regularly ,it always goes up~the weight ,the weight, the weight! BUT~ the WAIT for the weight to go DOWN has happened already in my 2nd week of the Winter Challenge! <BR> No real secret~ I added some running to my every day WALK THE DOG around our property and there are no more Christmas cookies in the house! <BR> What is REALLY THRILLING for me is to KNOW : <em>521</em> !!! <BR> I ... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:47:55 EST 4 Pounds ~GONE WITH THE WIND~ this week !! WOO HOO! <em>590</em> <em>590</em> <em>590</em> <em>590</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <BR> D <BR> O <BR> W <BR> N <BR> by 4 pounds this week!!!!! <BR> EXERCISE :DOUBLED my walks {2 daily 30 min.walks} + Soloflex weight lifting 3 x a week { I have to do it tomorrow!} + DAILY Monitoring of staying in my caloric range this week + 8 daily glasses of water and BEING ON SP = WEIGHT LOSS ~IT DOES work!!!!... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:42:19 EST A Circular Style of Decluttering~ Hi Everyone! <BR> As a part of the Living The Good Life [LTGL] Habits for our Fall Challenge, this week we are focusing on CLUTTER or getting RID of it ~Decluttering. I thought I'd share what I wrote on our Team Forum for the Question of the Day ~Answering the questions~This week (week 5) our LTGL is Declutter. How do you plan to reach this daily goal? What is your worse clutter problem? If decluttering is already part of your daily routine, please share how you do it. How do you get rid of... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:57:48 EST Lost another pound~SP has PROVEN TIME & AGAIN ~ It works for me! I LOVE when I can get in the garden for 3-4 hours ,workout at something I LOVE ,{burning 1000s ,not 100s of calories }, drink my water, track my food on SP, and lose the weight! I have found that when I track at least 3 days IN A ROW and stay within my range, I usually lose that pound or a fraction thereof and they all add up to a LOSS! And when I add ST to the mix ,eventually, the burning of the calories will be LONGER!! OH HAPPY DAY!! By the way, this is my THIRD time ROUND~ 10 pounds to... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:07:58 EST Isn't it GREAT when you LOSE weight to GAIN a Healthier YOU???? Hi Sparkers! <BR> I have been away since Spring and Homeschooling ,but now Summer is here and the good{Homeschooling ~School's OUT and we get summer vacation}, the bad {I put on some weight I had lost through not exercising regularly and put myself on the back burner again and the unexpected {our Frankie,my beloved dog ,got killed in a hit and run on July 4th.} <BR> Thank you to all Sparkfriends and members who have left goodies and messages. All is appreciated and I finally feel able to bl... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:47:39 EST Frankie , I miss YOU! I am sad and numb with grief. My dog has died from a hit and run. We adopted him at age 2 and only had him for 1 and 1/2 years. <img src=""> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 01:08:35 EST Will be Here~ but am Skipping Spring Challenge! Hi Everyone! <BR> I wrote this blog so everyone would know the answer to the question~ where did she go?And <BR> I wanted to get in one last blog before saying a good bye to my Champions team ~but only for a season ~and I will be back with the Champions in the SUMMER! <BR> I have SO ENJOYED the mini challenges~THANK YOU Carol and Brad!! I have appreciated all the things that go into the team ~BRIMLEY and all the positive messages and updates ~THANK YOU Carol , Diane , and Carl ! I have re... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:41:53 EST Focusing on What I CAN DO Right Now ! Hi Everyone! <BR> It has been quite a while since I blogged. For those of you who do not know or may have been wondering what is up since I blog usually once a week ,especially on the Challenges, the month of February was EXTREMELY STRESSFUL for me! The first week of Feb., I took my DH to Emergency because he had Facial Cellulitis.***{Explained below} Then,the 2nd week of Feb., I got it and had to go to Emergency TWICE in ONE week! First for the meds, then,because of one reaction to the m... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:48:09 EST How I Keep LOSING WEIGHT on the 5% Challenges~Winter.Spring,Summer,Fall I...LOST a POUND today and ...LOST a # LAST WK. and...LOST 2.4 lbs. the WEEK BEFORE! ~ I hope everyone who is doing the 5% Winter Challenge is doing how they hoped they would ~with the scale going <BR> D <BR> O <BR> W <BR> N... <BR> But~just in case that isn't happening, here is probably an already known factor I use for losing weight ~CHANGE IT UP! Spring and Summer are EASY for me to workout in the garden and BURN those calories! Even in Fall with walking the property for at least a m... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:39:26 EST A GOLD STAR NSV ~~~ GOOD FOOD CHOICES DAY~OK ~NOT THE last ENTRY~BUT.... Sometimes, in life we are CHALLENGED by the day. .And you MEET THE CHALLENGES HEAD ON and Sometimes you~ WIN~! Today was my day {though it did not seem to START out that way!}. <BR> I had gone to bed the night before@ 2:30 am,just finishing putting together my DS's 36 Valentine Card~ with treats~ a cookie and a usable cute The Secret Life of Pets pencil {Ok~ Those of you who know me and read my blogs ~KNOW COOKIES are my downfall. And I guess ,here~ I am a food pusher~ <em>2</em> }. <BR>... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 01:05:19 EST Facing up to my Emotional Eating~And How to Detox? Help!~ DISAPPOINTMENT. It started yesterday. I was excited that I was going to get to learn about {AND GET TO DO} pruning blueberries in my garden club. But all we did was the learning bit {2 HOURS IN THE COLD!!} and there was no EXERCISE!!!! So, as I had to stop by CVS to get some photos processed before going home{ it is a LONG way to town and back!} , I grabbed some ROLOS for a cookie recipe I had long wanted to make~since November!!! On the way home, it is between 11:30am -12pm and thoug... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:49:20 EST A Special Poem to Start Your Day! May you have a day of joy and love <BR> For it is given to you from our Lord above <BR> May you unwrap it and it be revealed <BR> That you used it to God's Glory and zeal! <BR> That is a birthday poem I just wrote for GARDENERGALANN on my 5% Winter Challenge Team ~ The Champions in the Kitchen~who is celebrating her birthday this month! But since the Lord inspired me to write it just now, I wanted to share it with all my friends to start their day! <BR> Have a GREAT DAY ,everyone , for it ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:53:40 EST Do Something For YOU Today! I felt so WONDERFUL today I just wanted to share my day with you ~ <BR> Today was such a GREAT DAY as I took the TIME to do something for ME ,something I love~a new Garden Club I just joined last October! We got together ,chatted about our gardens,heard the speaker speak about herbs, had delicious, hot homemade soups ,breads and cake and tea , then shared other plants to take home to our gardens { I got a Confederate Rose~though I am warned it is invasive and BIG ,so it will get a special ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:49:43 EST ~Jan. 21,2017~My 7th Sparkversary~ 8 Lessons Learned! Hi Everyone! <BR> Short background synopsis~Found SP through a friend in my MOMS Club when my child was 2 and our club was sponsoring a Biggest Loser Challenge; I came in 3rd!. I lost the 20 4 and 1/2 mos. ,maintained for 8 mos. Started Homeschooling my child and couldn't do both SP and Homeschooling, and started petering out by 2013 and by 2014,stopped. Around Dec.2015 got back on SP during Christmas vacation and have been on SP ever since. I have lost 15 lbs. and kept it OFF for a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:32:06 EST A Positive Message One- Liner from MOM WANTS NO WAIST Quick ~Think of FIVE things you are positively HAPPY about right now!And after reading what you wrote ,it will lift your spirits and brighten your day! Try it ! <BR> 1.My good health <BR> 2. My 15 lbs. wt.loss because I SAID NO to the church donuts all last year EVERY WEEK! <BR> 3.Kept off those 15 all last year! <BR> 4. Can SEE it in my Christmas photos and past Challenge and blog photos! <BR> 5.My brain is BELIEVING FINALLY YOU CAN SCULPT that AREA ~my trouble spot !!! <BR> <em>9</em> ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:28:10 EST How My Dog is Keeping Me Healthy Through Exercise in the Winter!{WIth Photos!} It's COLD! <em>576</em> And though I LOVE to be OUTSIDE in the other three seasons, unless we have SNOW and I can PLAY in it all day ~skiing,snowball fights ,and snowman building, I have to be really bundled up to go outside! Where I live , we get ONE SNOW day a year ,so, NO SCHOOL { I Homeschool !} for that day ~ we PLAY!!! So, how do I get in exercise outside on a regular basis? Our dog! <em>338</em> Besides walking with him on our property in the morning daily <em>313</em> , I ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:13:18 EST If ____ is happening,I must be doing SOMETHING RIGHT! I realized today that I may not reach my goal weight of 177 by 12/31/16 like I thought I would. It is only 9.6 lbs. away at this time . But instead of getting depressed, I looked at the glass half full. HEY, I lost 15 pounds in 5 months AND I HAVE KEPT IT OFF FOR A YEAR! <em>590</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>243</em> <em>595</em> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> So, I MUST be doing something RIGH... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:50:30 EST Trimming the Christmas Tree and Getting into the Christmas Spirit !!! Who says you can't burn calories trimming the tree? Well, I believe you can! When it is TWO trees and one is upstairs and one is downstairs! One is artificial and has lights built in and one is REAL and is done the old fashioned way!The REAL one is mostly of snowflakes and snowmen.The artificial one has bird ornaments to celebrate our love and study of birds in Homeschooling. {We did not buy a tree last year ;just put up a slim tree decorated by my sister years ago!} So couldn't decide on a R... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:52:29 EST Wasn't Going to Blog today,but BEING QUOTED TWICE in a TOP STORY???! Had to! WOO HOO !!! <BR> DOUBLE WOOHOO!!! <BR> Some days are just like that and THIS ONE TODAY is one for me , so, I just had to share! <BR> My first WOO HOO started today at the food choices <em>258</em> <em>551</em> <em>53</em> <em>194</em> I made during lunch @ our annual Christmas Craft Fair for our Homeschoolers.It is always buffet and last year I indulged my sweet tooth,but with the weight LOSS of 16 lbs .GONE SINCE THEN, I DID NOT INDULGE this year {I had a bite of a choc. chip ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:27:30 EST 16 LB.WT. LOSS FOR THIS YEAR~ What I have Learned and I'm Still Not Finished! <img src=""> <BR> Merry Christmas,Everyone! Here I am at 203 in the summer of 2015 and then , down to 186.8 {at the start of the 5% Fall Challenge} in 2016 . <BR> Last year ,at this time, on this day ,one year ago, I got back on SP after a 6 yr.hiatus. In short, I lost the weight in 4 and 1/2 mos. on SP in 2010 .kept it off for 8 mos., and then when I started Homeschooling in 2011, I could not keep up with bo... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:48:11 EST Food Tracking MAKES A DIFFERENCE! 331 DAYS = 2.4 pounds AWAY from a Normal BMI!!! Food tracking is always been a strength for me! Whether 331 DAYS on SParkpeople {my record combined with 32 days on the Flat Belly Diet {there is a place in the book to record your food intake and journaling }, it shows me MY NUTRITION ~and what I am doing in each category ~whether too many sweets or too much or too little fiber,salt,water,etc. <BR> I wish I had this tool YEARS ago ,but am HAPPY to have it now and I am SO HAPPY to report 2.4 POUNDS AWAY from a normal BMI~Body Mass Index!!!... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:10:38 EST The Flat Belly Diet ~Measurements Before and After~ One Month~ Well, I am down 4.6 lbs. in one month which is way LESS than the people featured in the book~but the average was 8 lbs. loss and the FOCUS ,I felt of the book ,was really THE INCHES LOST. <BR> ~OCT. 13,2016~MEASUREMENT BEFORE AFTER~NOV 7,2016~ <BR> WEIGHT 190.4 185.8 <BR> BELLY 44,5" 43" <BR> WAIST 39" ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 02:23:16 EST Wk.5~FALL CHALLENGE~LOST 5.8 lbs. since on FLAT BELLY DIET~Update Hi SP Friends and members and those just interested~ <BR> I am on my 20 th day of the 32 day ~Flat Belly Diet and recording all my foods in the book itself;that is why you see no TRACKING on my Nutrition tracker at present. I try to put a note on each day on SP since I share both my Nutrition and Fitness trackers. <BR> Let me update you on my progress {and sometimes,lack ,there of ,in my mind!}. <BR> First of all, YOU DO LOSE WEIGHT the FIRST four days on this diet. I lost 4.4 lbs. <BR> = 1.... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:56:06 EST A Slimmer ME and where did my belly go ? <img src=""> <BR> Happy Autumn, everyone! Homeschooling today was a field trip for us and other Homeschooling families as we went to a dairy farm. I had my DS take a photo of me . I was HAPPY to see my PROBLEM AREA LOOKS SLIMMER!!!! I have lost the weight before on SP and am on the Flat Belly Diet for the month while on the FALL 5% CHALLENGE. I have only done BEFORE measurements and will do AFTER measurements whe... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:24:54 EST ~A Life is Gone,but Remembered~ My mother in law passed away yesterday. She was 83 and I think, by all accounts , she had a hard life. She grew up in the Depression and did not have much. Like most folks,she was poor. <BR> I met her when I met my husband in the 1990s. She was fiesty and full of life and boy, when she had something to say,she was full of spirit and passion about whatever the topic was. <BR> She knew Jesus Christ as her Saviour, had met Him early in her young life at 11, just like my husband at age 12, and m... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:21:06 EST WK.2 FALL Challenge~2.6 lbs.LOST in 2days??? What IS this ??Sugar Detox/Clean Eats! Well, it was a Friends of The Library book Sale that brought me to buy a book from Prevention magazine editors called Flat Belly Diet. I thought ,well, I'll READ it,but I do not know if it is for me. <BR> To start with you start CLEAN EATING for 4 days called the Four Day Anti Bloat Diet. <BR> Foods include:skim milk {lactose free}, frozen blueberries or strawberries or peaches,green beans, red potatoes, carrots, brown rice,etc. <BR> Now ,I am NOT FOR DIETS nor DIETING! But I was intrigued ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:20:04 EST WK.1 ~FALL CHALLENGE~PUTTING ME LAST and Trying to Learn to STOP THAT! Well, this has been an up and down week~UP with the AWARDS from the local state fair~ <BR> 2 FIRST Place ~ <BR> 1 for my white impatiens that I landscaped my front yard with in the summer {photos in my gallery!}. <BR> 1 for my watermelon {smallest in show!} <BR> 2 SECOND PLACE~ <BR> 1 for my Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies <BR> 1 for my Pole Beans <BR> 1 THIRD PLACE~ <BR> for my Christmas Ornament~ I made an ornament out of a REAL EGG. {A photo of a past egg ornament is on my page}. <BR> Al... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:33:02 EST The Older I get, The MORE God Wants me to Forgive! Well, on Thursday, I went to a meeting where I ran into one of the people who was supposed to come to my DS's birthday party {you remember ,from last month, and heard her excuse} and told her how no one came to the party. <BR> I was still hurt ,but saw how my DS enjoyed playing with her kids {as right now those are the only ones he knows from one of our Homeschool groups} and though we never see them and they live down the street {maybe 10 minutes away} ,he said ,in effect ,"Beggars can'... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:41:36 EST Anyone want to LOSE WEIGHT and HAVE FUN at the same time?? Well, it is that time again! I am talking about the 5% FALL Challenge! <em>465</em> There is STILL TIME <em>412</em> to sign up for the challenge as there are about 463 people signed up for different teams and there is still ROOM available for about 550-600 people { I am HOPING I got my numbers right!}. ~The start date of the Fall Challenge is September 24th. <em>52</em> <BR> If you want to join me on my team ~it is the Tiger Monarchs ~although be advised I have not been on to ch... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 23:55:08 EST When you are THANKFUL for your LIFE,Thank the LORD Your GOD! The Moms Night Out had just finished and I had many good ideas and felt refreshed to just hear other moms get to vent their feelings about their children , Homeschooling, and how their school days {teaching @ home } were going. <BR> It was late and when I got into the car, I already KNEW it would be difficult to get home due to the EXTREMELY DARK NIGHT ~here in the country,there are no regular intervals of city lights to guide you on the backroads home ! I was three counties away from home... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:16:39 EST When You Are HAPPY , SAY IT OUT LOUD!!!! When You're HAPPY and you know it ,SAY IT OUT LOUD~~" I AM HAPPY!!! " <BR> Welcome back to our SParkfriend,HOMEBODY4EVER!!! We missed you!!!! <em>384</em> to her and her hubby of 49 years of marriage!!!!! Another <em>384</em> to Angela and her hubby on their wedding anniversary,too! Both are leaders on our FLYbabies Team! <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>247</em> <em>211</em> <em... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:35:47 EST Spoken from the HEART : Eating My Way Through RAW EMOTIONAL PAIN This is my last week In the Summer Challenge and I had been doing WELL, LOSING WEIGHT THROUGHOUT the Challenge on a consistent basis.Then ,the bottom fell out this last week. <BR> To update those reading who did not get to read my last blog~ <BR> I hosted a birthday party @ home for my young child and NO ONE CAME. <BR> My child,my DH and I were DEVASTATED. Though we salvaged the day by going to the movies and my DS and DH seemed to bounce back fine {kids truly are resilient~and to the SP me... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:27:00 EST What's Wrong with America~that a PRACTICE is More IMPORTANT than a CHILD'S FEELINGS? Note: This BLOG hit a nerve so <em>230</em> warning ~ <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <BR> I hosted a birthday party for my young child @ our home yesterday. I sent out invitations 3 weeks to 1 month ahead of time that listed the RSVP ~Respond ,please~ it had BOTH my phone number AND my computer address. <BR> There were 7 invitations for a total of 12 children,including my child. 2 people responded saying they could not come .~Understandable. However,one said... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 02:47:18 EST PART 1 : MY UNUSUAL and WEIRD~~[my family thinks so!] ~~SECRETS to CONTINUOUS WEIGHT LOSS~ Hi Everyone! ~Warning this has ALOT OF INFO that is HELPFUL but IT IS A HUGE BLOG!~ <BR> I am writing a TWO PART Blog due to time constraints {hosting a birthday party @ my house TOMORROW} .Why am I even WRITING a Blog when I should be cleaning and baking the cake? I LIKE HELPING and I write a weekly blog when participating in the Challenges and do not want to disappoint my readers! <em>43</em> <BR> I participated in two SEASONAL 5% Challenges so far~Spring 2016 and Summer 2016~. <BR> LO... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:21:53 EST "You've LOST ALOT of WEIGHT!" At church today,in my Sunday School class ,as I greeted my friend Debbie, she remarked ,"You 've lost ALOT of WEIGHT!" I smiled and told her about my losing the weight {19 lbs. } through the SPARKPEOPLE website! ~Doesn't that just MAKE your day??? <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> <em>9</em> <em>380<... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:57:39 EST TRACKING 254 STRAIGHT DAYS= 19 # GONE AND WK.6~ I'm STILL STANDING !!!~I CAN do this!~ THIS SUMMER! I really have to give myself credit! I really need to BELIEVE I CAN DO this! I AM DOING IT! <BR> I AM STILL STANDING! Just like the song,but more relating to our MINI CHALLENGE within a challenge~I DID NOT think I could STAY STANDING THIS FAR! <BR> Let me explain...The mini challenge is to KEEP LOSING WEIGHT TO STAY in the mini challenge {you are allowed ONE time to maintain} and if you GAIN ,you're out. I AM STILL STANDING AFTER 6 WEEKS! <BR> STARTING WT.186.8 WOO HOO <em>380</em> NOTE: W... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:19:40 EST A Pep Talk to Self: NOT to Compare Myself to Others WK.5~ I am starting early on my weekly blog for the Summer Challenge~2016~as I felt a need to express myself early this week than wait til Saturday and I am UP TOO EARLY in the morning , for me ,anyway {retired now~no alarm clock,but hot flashes get in the way of sleep!}. <BR> ~I am starting to notice that when I am on the challenges~Spring ,Summer {and for me, I WILL be doing Fall and Winter to get to my GOAL weight!~at least that is what I say now in the SUMMER }, that I like to see how e... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:38:28 EST WOO HOO ~A Wolf Whistle @ ME! ~ After church today,we went to the grocery store as DH said he would cook dinner tonight ~his specialty ~Mac & Cheese you make from scratch~ {he's a chef~well, to me ,anyway!}. So, as we were putting away the groceries in the car , and I walked with the cart out to put it away, a wolf whistle in my direction was heard as a truck went by us. My DH and I chuckled at each other and exchanged knowing glances. He said," I have been telling you THAT since we were married almost 20 + years ago!" ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:50:06 EST SHORTEST BLOG ON RECORD FOR ME~ WK 4 Summer Challenge: 1.4 POUNDS LOST ~I HIT THE 185'S!!!!!!!!!!! Wk.4: Summer Challenge ~2016~On the 4th of July ,I weighed 185.0 ~what a bang <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>530</em> !Then the 186s came back and I have been losing steadily . <em>224</em> After 90 min. <em>237</em> , 30 min. <em>344</em> <em>328</em> <em>362</em> and moving boxes and organizing a room for 45 min., I LOST a 1.4 pound to get in the 185s! ~185.4! {This WHAT I do when I can't go outside to landscape or work in my veggie or flower gardens due to the 100 degre... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:30:03 EST Something FUN and Unexpected happened on my WEIGHT LOSS Journey today! My regular shorts are TOO LOOSE! <em>9</em> <BR> I had to go get a belt to hold them up and I could do TWO NOTCHES on the belt instead of just one! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>198</em> ~All the sweat AND HARD WORK is WORTH IT ! <em>224</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:44:32 EST WK.3~Taking it One Day at a Time~Fiber is EASY ,Exercise is Easy, but Sleep and Caloric Range are N Well, it is Week 3 and I have been on the downward path in my Weight Loss journey ~which is good~losing steadily as my turtle icon takes one step and then another toward my goal. He does take backward steps as I gain ~a little~ and then lose it again! Start~186.8~186.4~186.2~186.0!!! <BR> I am MUCH HAPPIER doing this ~SUMMER Challenge as I have the FREE time {no Homeschooling ~out for SUMMER VACATION!} to get in WHATEVER exercise I want to do ~that is so FREEING !!!! <BR> So I am DOING WHA... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:38:15 EST What a Wacky Day and my Husband is a Hero! Wk.2 ~Summer Challenge! First~ Weight Loss is going fine and I am HAPPY with Progress~186.8 to start; ~WK. 1 =186.4 then for a day ~185.0! and back to WK.2= 186.2.{Note:Part 2~ Landscaping blog ~Next Week!} <BR> Well, this blog covers the last two days ~not counting today~Friday we had a HUGE <BR> THUNDERSTORM!!! And as it was late @ night I went to turn the light off and got a mild SHOCK across the body ~but it was enough to scare me and cause a huge scream! <BR> But that was Friday night! <BR> Saturday seemed un... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:28:25 EST IT'S THE 4TH OF JULY~Gaining my Independence from the Yoke of Being Overweight~ 2 More Lbs. To Go! <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> Wow! I did not expect to get on the scale this morning as I had been working {cooking }through the night and early am~2am~ to get food ready for my neighbor's get together! { I am trying to BREAK the habit of being a night owl ,but when it comes down to deadlines~I go back to staying UP all night~}. So I ate after 12am as I was hungry and knew my blood sugar was low. So when I got up at 12 noon thi... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:39:22 EST Come SEE My Landscaping {and Weight} Accomplishment For Exercise on Week 1~SUMMER CHALLENGE! <img src=""> <BR> 6.30.2016~Here I am @ 186.8 lbs. [at 6 ft. tall] when I took this selfie for our BEFORE PHOTO when beginning our weight loss journey and I will be posting one @ the end of this 5% SUMMER CHALLENGE! ~Our leader told us it is so we can see WHAT a 5 % weight loss LOOKS like!{ I am hoping to meet and BEAT my 4.4. wt.loss I achieved in the 5% Spring Challenge and reach my GOAL WEIGHT of 177!!!} Since ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:51:01 EST TIME to CHANGE GEARS ~MY 12 STEP PROGRAM~ that has helped with the 16 lb. WT .LOSS!!!! Well, it's that time again in my weight LOSS journey to CHANGE gears ~just like in riding a bike when you are going UPHILL~ <em>332</em> ,YOU CHANGE GEARS AND <em>386</em> !!!! <BR> STEP 1 ~YOU SAY TO YOURSELF ~ <em>521</em> !!!!! <BR> STEP 2 ~I enjoyed the "free DOWNHILL ride" of the FIRST TEN POUND LOSS <em>9</em> with relative ease b/c going from NO EXERCISE to walking around the yard{NOTE: MY "yard" takes me a HALF HOUR to walk it ~ it is pretty extensive !} ~EXERCISING REG... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:51:15 EST What is FUN?! ~about Weight Loss? ~Let me say... Happiness can come in many different packages and I realized the other night when I was RUNNING AROUND ~LITERALLY ~with my 8 year old~playing HIDE N' SEEK~my FAVORITE game from my childhood and NOT getting winded NOR tired,I realized that I AM REALLY having FUN!{ I KNOW my DS WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!} <BR> This WEIGHT LOSS of 16 lbs. has REALLY put my ENERGY and FOCUS on where I want it~on the blessings of GOD ~ <BR> ~my HEALTH <BR> ~my FAMILY <BR> ~my ATTITUDE <BR> Now I KNOW the TRAC... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:08:33 EST Week 8 : Culmination of the 5% Spring Challenge and I am 4.4 lbs. LIGHTER! Well~ it is FINALLY over and it was HARD to NOT GIVE UP the last couple of weeks! <BR> Spring is SO BUSY~ with culminating ACTIVITIES~ <BR> ~Homeschooling itself <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>203</em> <em>207</em> <em>280</em> ~last day of May~and we will have a special promotion ceremony <em>58</em> @ home for our DS since the Homeschool group does not have one except for the 12th graders.{We are ACCUSTOMED TO having a Promotion Ceremony as we had done where we used to l... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:39:08 EST WEEK 7 : SCALE VICTORY!!! ~4 POUNDS GONE!~only 9.6 lbs. to GOAL! When you are constantly on SP and doing the HARD WORK of using the NUTRITION TRACKER ,FITNESS TRACKER ,and trying to ALSO~monitor your <BR> ~FIBER <BR> ~FOLATE <BR> ~PROTEIN {I seem to have a harder time with protein!} <BR> ~LOWERING SALT INTAKE, <BR> it takes ALOT OUT OF YOU and not to MENTION ~TIME! <BR> BUT~ when I SEE my DH or DS 's eye LIGHT UP at my PROGRESS , or catch A GLIMPSE of MYSELF in the mirror and KNOW I am RE-SCULPTING my Body ~one POUND LESS ~at ~a ~time, then I KNOW my TI... Sat, 14 May 2016 22:59:12 EST JESUS,BE PRAISED! ~"Even a child is KNOWN by HIS DOINGS..." WOW! Sometimes, as a parent ,you get TO BE TOTALLY UNPREPARED for the AMAZING THINGS YOUR CHILD WILL DO! <em>43</em> <BR> Tonight @ A.W.AN.A. Club,{for those unfamiliar with A.W.A.N.A., it is an ACRONYM standing for~Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed~~"Study to show thyself approved unto God, A Workman that Needeth Not to be Ashamed,rightly dividing the Word of Truth. {my caps} {2 Timothy 2 :15 in the Bible} and teaching the Gospel of Christ to children and training them to serve Him.},... Wed, 11 May 2016 22:20:24 EST