MOMWANTSNOWAIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOMWANTSNOWAIST MOMWANTSNOWAIST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy Birthday to My Child! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455697 Dearest Child of Mine~ <BR> How is it you are now 6? I remember when you were 3 and 4 and 5 like it was yesterday! I also can't forget when you were 0-1 and 2 and it seemed like FOREVER! You are getting smarter, taller, bigger {in general} and learning oh -so many things~how to swim, ride a bike, see underwater, whistle, wink,tie your shoes,play T-ball, reading . These are all greats feats of accomplishment! But what is so precious to myself and your father is how you say the most wonderful,h... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:27:38 EST FEATURED MOTIVATOR PAGE TODAY~ WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389634 WOW! I happen to finally {late @ night} catch up on all my e-mails {or even catch a glimpse of them!] and there it was~ Spark Page Site Notification~ "You are today's Featured Motivator!" How FUN and WONDERFUL to see! So. of course, I had to do a blog! But on what? Especially since I think it should be motivating...!~ Well,first I think it is polite to say THANK YOU to all the SP friends and members alike who voted for me ! And I want to say that this is HARD WORK and no, I do not get to ge... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:35:53 EST A Little SP Nutrition Tracking ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355071 I am have been on SP now for at least 3 years and I still have difficulty tracking all three meals and all the snacks! I have tried groupings and that has helped ,but I decided since I cannot get ALL my meals tracked as I would like to {time and /or laziness or having to LIST each ingredient separately!] , I do what works for me~~ list breakfast and put the fitness in as soon as I do it . That has helped [and the fact I get it all done while my son is still asleep in the mornings!] {Did I men... Mon, 13 May 2013 11:30:24 EST I am Making VERY SLOW BUT SURE PROGRESS! YAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245816 Happy my weight is SLO-O-OWLY making its way DOWN the scale! <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <em>211</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:23:28 EST Thank YOU , SP for HELPING ME get my energy BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236184 I just finished writing a reply on the message board to "How have you done on SP so far? " It made me think back to BEFORE SP and how I was always sluggish and had no energy for my young child. I was so tired back then I literally would SIT on the stairs and go down one-at -a-time. Well, after losing the weight and maintaining and then regaining half of the weight due to a false pregnancy, I realize that NUMBERS AREN'T EVERYTHING!! I have MUCH MORE ENERGY NOW than I did when I first s... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:29:26 EST My 3rd YEAR SParkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217421 Happy 3rd SP year to me!!! The numbers aren't great in the sense that I had gained wt.{due to false prenancy!} but here goes: <BR> Waist: WAS 34.25 NOW:39.62 <BR> HIPS:WAS: 39 NOW:44.68 <BR> THIGH; WAS: 19.5 NOW:21 <BR> Upper Arm:WAS 11.25 NOW: 12.5 <BR> Belly WAS:39.5 NOW:45 <BR> Body Fat WAS:32 NOW:33 <BR> My point here is NOT to depress anyone or myself! Hey, it's been 3 years and I am back into playing softball regularly for my church team [including running the bases this year &... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:01:04 EST It's a New Year ~ A New Habit ~A New Me~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188580 I woulld have NEVER thought I could bake some tea cakes ~Madeleines[@ 54 cals. per cake]~ or cookies {SP recipe Berry-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies}[76 cals. per cookie[ and not have at least 3-6 at one serving! In the past if I baked ANYTHING, it HAD to be THREE servings of it, or I wouldn't feel full! I also notice that some days I can actually BYPASS them and NOT have one! It's a NEW YEAR~A new HABIT~ A NEW ME!!! <em>381</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:45:31 EST Ending 2012~Beginning 2013~Healthfully! Resolutions~Fitness or Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182818 One of my resolutions toward exercise is to get at least 10 minutes in a day/ 6 days a week. <BR> Do you have a New Year's resolution to share concerning food ? I would like ideas anyone has that has helped them or suggestions!Thanks! <em>30</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:04:14 EST Thank You SP for being here and all the SP friends & support !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181024 As this year comes to an end, I want to thank SP and all my SP friends & support groups~my teams~HOMESCHOOLING PRE-K TO HIGH SCHOOL, LATE-IN-LIFE- MOMMIES AND PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS and tech support and SP MEMBERS in general for BEING THERE! I haven't been on SP regularly for this year ~only about 4 mos. and now,as my time schedule allows, in trying to get back into working out and making better food choices & water {ALWAYS WATER!}, I am MUCH MORE APPRECIATIVE of having SP here to come ba... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:28:58 EST If only... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176794 If only logging food was as EASY as logging in exercise! <BR> If only working out was as EASY as eating that piece of pie {or whatever favorite sweet is yours} <BR> If only making food choices came as EASY to me as working out! <BR> But~~~ then it wouldn't be as HARD and as REWARDING as when it happens~ <BR> ...the pants FIT AGAIN! <BR> ...the scale shows me the numbers I WANT to see! <BR> ...the long-AWAITED GOAL is MET! <BR> ...and all the HARD WORK that I have done has PAID OFF!!!! <BR> ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:10:58 EST Slow But Sure Wins the Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159849 I am learning the hard way that getting those pounds off the slow-but-sure way is the way to go for me! <em>252</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>4</em> <em>30</em> <em>9</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>91</em> <BR> And I earned 100 points today ~working out and on the SP table of points~reading articles,taking quizzes,polls,blogging! <em>381</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:05:56 EST What have you cleaned for Spring Cleaning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776682 I have gotten our car cleaned inside and out! And our craft area,besides the kitchen ! What have you "Spring cleaned"? <em>104</em> <em>30</em> <em>85</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>438</em> <em>56</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 00:54:39 EST Am Happily Tracking my Own Foods And Being Successful ~so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773860 Hi everyone! I have decided to see if I can keep to a food plan already planned by myself for the day and put on the fridge to follow and check off daily! So far , it has worked ~[ I am of course only into Day 2}! <BR> What do YOU do to keep yourself motivated or when you have backslid concerning food choices or weight gain? <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>192</em> <em>140</em> <em>481</em> <em>301</em> <em>327</em> <em>328</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>231</em> <em>425</em> <... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:38:50 EST 2nd Sparkversary~~Wow! Times does fly!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711137 Has it been two years? I remember anxiously awaiting my first Sparkversary last year and now it passed by with me barely noticing! Things are the same & yet different ! <BR> Different: Am not on SP as much as I lost the wt. & have only regained a few lbs. back.,so I am unable to track every day anymore. <BR> I don't huddle as much or get to talk to SP friends as much. <BR> I hardly ever do quizzes & trivia anymore. <BR> I don't do streaks of spinning the wheel daily. <BR> Same: I DO LIMIT ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:56:16 EST What is YOUR favorite SPARKPEOPLE DVD Workout??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698691 Hi everyone! I just won a SP DVD today!!!! I don't know which one I will get,but was curious as to which favorites OTHER SPARKERS like???? And would you recommend buying any certain one~??? I have the most trouble with my ab/belly region. And if there is any regimen you do for your working out your abs~especially if it is on SP??? <em>347</em> <em>224</em> <em>328</em> <em>327</em> <em>315</em> <em>312</em> <em>418</em> <em>414</em> <em>344</em> <em>304</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:59:04 EST Happy I am Eating Healthier Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693493 This year and since I lost the weight on SP two years ago, I am happy to say I finally have gotten much better at snacking in general { I still have the slip-up,occasionally!}~ ! My snacks consist of trying to keep the cals @ 150 or below per snack if possible! <BR> See if you have any that match what you like to snack on~ <BR> Emerald Dark Cocoa Almonds[27 per serv.] <BR> 1/2 cup 2% Knudsen Cottage Cheese <BR> 1 cup Chocolate Cheerios with 1/2 cup Unsweetened Silk Soy Almond Milk <BR> Veggi... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:48:15 EST What is your Favorite Indoor Pedometer Recommendation??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608802 I LOVE my Garmin for outdoor use! It tracks my cals burned & mileage,heart rate,pace,etc. I really NEED an indoor pedometer to wear every day to help keep track of those needed steps & how many I DO take! Anybody have an indoor pedometer they really like & would recommend??? <BR> Please let me know the price,name brand if you know it & it's strengths {& weaknesses,if you want} and any other info. you think is pertinent! Help, <em>303</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 01:41:18 EST Tracking Every Day !~Reality Check for me~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598561 Well, something's got to give and it is my time on SP and tracking every day. So I realize since I cannot do it each day, I'll do what I can !My goal will be to try to get in even SOME tracking every day . <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 05:21:10 EST I Miss my SP Friends....I Can't Lose the Wt. Without YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551948 For all my SP friends~ I am back on TRACK with tracking my food and getting my exercise in and now I am trying to reconnect with you after an 8 month absence! I have been Homeschooling my child and have put everything including SP on the backburner .Well ,now I am ready to be back and just had to learn how to tweak the time slots for everything! I understand if any of you want to drop me as you haven't heard from me in several mos. I usually expect myself to "visit" at least every season ,but... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:10:59 EST Well,it's ABOUT TIME I CAME BACK ON TRACK! Tracking FOOD ,that is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548666 Well, my Sparkfriends and Sparkmembers, I can say I've been there and done that,but I HAD HOPED I would be able to keep the weight off permanently WITHOUT having to track! WRONG ~for me,that is!!!! I had stopped tracking when I started Homeschooling or only did it sporadically and sometimes, just Breakfast since that was easier ~I have LOTS of breakfast combos of oatmeal with fruit. May be boring ,but it WORKS FOR ME in KEEPING MY CHOLESTROL at a HEALTHY ,NORMAL level since I brought it down... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:19:10 EST Dear God~ A Prayer of Thankfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530037 Dear God, Thank You for the gift of this day. may I use it wisely to honor and glorify You! I thank You for my family & our good health;for my son's grandma & her good health;for the opportunity & ability to Homeschool my child { I LOVE your planning !};for my hubby's job; for always answering my prayers,though it may not always be the answers I seek, YOU are ALWAYS THERE and know what I need BEFORE I ask it! <BR> I pray for the baby whose mother was killed in the railroad tracks and that... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:21:55 EST Homeschooling Works for ME!~Mainly a day in the life BLOG for my Homeschooling Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495928 Just started this year with Homeschooling my child and what a BLESSING it is!!!! We enjoy working together and I like to make learning FUN!!!! We start our day out with prayer ~that God would open our hearts for what He wants to teach us that day and then we do Bible Devotions{ a reading of Scripture from the Bible and a story from a Bible devotions book that follows the Scripture and then a few questions {for comprehension}. Then our basic books for basic skills and then writing practice an... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:09:45 EST Remembering That Day ~9/11 Now Ten Years Later~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478182 Being a born-again Christian, I have read and studied the Bible~ particularly the Book of Revelation . So ,ten years ago when 9/11 occurred, I was not surprised except that it was so fast. I remember driving to work and hearing the news with shock and being numb . And then crying the whole day when viewing it on television @ work and later @ home. Trying to explain the shock of the news to my students that were asking and were only 7 yrs. old was a challenge that I never expected to encounte... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 01:24:55 EST To my Sparkfriends~ A Blog to say I miss You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459828 To all my Sparkfriends ~ I am sorry to be so busy and not get to say hi and how are you hardly ever anymore! I am joining my church's Homeschooling group and it looks to be a great group though much to undertake! My little son is EXCITED by it all and making new friends & going on field trips together in addition to the MOMS'Club and eventually by Sept. ,AWANA,too! <BR> A mother DOES work from son up to son down!!!!!! <em>30</em> <em>198</em> <em>223</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> <em>3... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 02:57:23 EST Happy Birthday to my Son~A Poem ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426118 Behold,you are 4 today,my son~ <BR> Three is no more; <BR> but there are {ROAR!} MORE <BR> adventures in FUN <BR> when you are 4! <BR> We'll learn even MORE <BR> about whales and dolphins, <BR> and find new parks to explore! <BR> Each new year brings something new; <BR> past accomplishments @ 3 to remember ,too~ <BR> Potty training,t-ball, and My Gym, are a few, <BR> Reading more intensely for specific information, <BR> you AMAZE EVERYONE @ the library with your reading sensations!!! <BR>... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:01:47 EST Here's My Veggie /Fruit Garden ~Photos of Garden @ the Beginning of Harvest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4406225 I finally finished weeding & mulching the garden so it is fit for presentation! I got a late start as the third WEEK of June rolled around and I should have been planting by end of May! But what was GREAT was how FAST seeds will grow ,given the right conditions!: we had added to our soil amendments like compost manure, sand ,and layers of wet newspaper on the bottom [food for worms!] which helped the soil improve so much that when I planted it was LOAMY~the BEST kind of soil to work with~sof... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 08:14:05 EST Come see my herb garden ! Photos included! Veggie garden @ a later date! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380110 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221807498.jpg">Hi! My hubby & I BOTH LOVE to cook and we LOVE herbs ,so ,when my flower garden died last year with extreme winds, we decided to convert it to a herb garden! We started with a few~Greek Oregano,Rosemary,Sage,Basil and Chives. He mulched it with bark and now it is come full circle! I bought 6 more herbs today @ our Farmer's Market and now there is Thyme,Marjoram,Parsley, Purple Sage,Tarragon,and Italian Oregano. Here are som... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:54:11 EST Summer's Here~What's YOUR favorite fresh ~from ~the~garden veggie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321649 Now that the veggie garden is planted {late start~ this last Tuesday & today is Saturday of the SAME week!~already has me seeing the garden is sprouting and I'm thinking of the harvest! This year the crops are : corn,cauliflower,broccoli,green beans,peas, two kinds of lettuce,carrots,onions ~both green and WallaWallas.,cucumbers,tomatoes and 1 fruit crop ~cantaloupe. We also have a herb garden ~sage,rosemary,basil,Greek oregano. My FAVORITE veggie from the garden is green beans! In fact, I u... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 10:12:18 EST A Tribute to My Father and My Husband After Father's Day~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309769 To my father~ I miss you! I wish you were here to meet your only grandson and see him play baseball and try to play piano! I know you would love him! He is so exuberant and full of life! So carefree and yet,thoughtful & caring ,just as you were ,as you taught me to be.... I LOVE that you taught me to appreciate & love music [though I didn't appreciate it at the time!]. I love that I have this family legacy of music and love of reading to pass on to my son! He started reading at 2 years old ,D... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 04:48:55 EST For NORTHWOODSMOM8 & My Fellow Gardeners~Photo Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604095320.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217221398.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768689239.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86603614.jpg">My garden of pink hydrangeas, orange Tropicana cannas~[their actual name~my preschooler & I like it!] ,Princess Diana Rose and the green bush in the corner is in memory of MOM~ a red hibiscus flower~she loved it and we had some ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 04:22:19 EST Making Cards for all Occasions~ Photo Close-UPs included! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306180 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916513810.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416223942.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883839620.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367489938.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90817304.jpg"> <img src="http://photos- <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29789187.jpg">ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879882647.jpg">Here are my donated cards to M... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 05:13:39 EST Magnifying Glass Cakes ~Photos~Take a Peek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l179715418.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l788426421.jpg">I finished this pair of magnifying glass cakes for my MOMS CLUB Birthday bash tomorrow! There are quite a few people coming so two cakes were needed for our bug-themed event!!! I got the idea from PARENTING.COM where there are quite EASY and CREATIVE birthday cakes shown & instructions how to do it! I was able through the help of my fellow moms to keep the cos... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:23:46 EST Pee Wee T-Ball ~~How FUN!! ~Photos included~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287010 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950528330.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412357509.jpg">I am a parent who LOVES sports and finally gets to see her lil' one take part in t-ball! I enjoy getting to see my youngster enjoy HIMSELF AND THE FUN of sports and the sheer exuberance of joy in getting to run,hit the ball and throw!!!! Ah,summertime..... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802899560.jpg"> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 03:40:49 EST Being a Family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264487 Yesterday after church and brunch, our young son mentioned while we were on the floor building cabins with the Lincoln Logs~both Daddy & I!~ how much he enjoyed being a family~having Mommy and Daddy to play with and just BE WITH!!!!!! <BR> As my hubby & I looked at each other , we acknowledged the ABSOLUTE JOY of parenting .loving our son with tears glistening in each other's eyes. <BR> HOW GOOD IS GOD ~~GLORIFY AND PRAISE HIM ,ALL CREATURES!!!!!! <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <... Mon, 30 May 2011 07:52:26 EST What's some of YOUR favorite Summertime hobbies??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247556 I love to do gardening ,go swimming and biking in the summertime! What are YOUR favorites??? <em>67</em> <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>427</em> <em>45</em> <em>291</em> <em>258</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <em>321</em> Sat, 21 May 2011 17:47:59 EST Happy,happy happy ~about the FIRST CROP PARTY I hosted!!!!~{with Scrap Page Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4233842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37965752.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487081520.jpg">Here are the pages I got done @ my crop party ~though they really aren't finished~I need to edge the banner in "Tie the Knot" since you can't see it ;blends too much! and I need a title for my Course 3 Cake Decorating[ Grand Finale Cake] page!~Well, my crop party's done! It was SO MUCH FUN yesterday! I hosted my FIRST crop party @ my house ! Though I have been ... Sun, 15 May 2011 11:47:09 EST A Goodbye Tribute to THENEWME43~~~~ My Sparkfriend~~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227136 I am going to miss my friend as she goes off SP ! She was always here for me and all her 125 friends!!!! She was there for me with goodies when I needed them and morale boosters and good advice when I asked! I will miss her happy face and smiling countenance on her page! I will also misss the shared ups & downs of SP life with the weight loss journeys and maintenance road journeys,too! She always did roll call on one of my teams and I will miss seeing her name! But I wish her the best in her ... Thu, 12 May 2011 02:38:49 EST Happy Mother's Day ~with Cutest Baby photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217954 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l214497645.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927495905.jpg"> <BR> I thought the best part of Mother's Day was having a mother like my mother ~who was a loving mom,friend and neighbor to all~then,I became a MOTHER for the first time three years ago and now that's the best part for me ~celebrating motherhood on Mother's Day!!! <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all Sparking Moms everywhere including my teams~Late-In-Life Mommies ... Sun, 8 May 2011 09:54:51 EST Sharing My Chipboard Books ~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4195706 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367675666.jpg">Thought I would "share" my Chipboard books with you! [It is a book made out of a heavy duty cardboard that is pieced together like an accordion~I'm unsure as to why it is called "chipboard" unless it is chips of cardboard]! I am surprising my old longtime friends and former neighbors with these books showing their KIDS and myself{!} caroling and decorating cookies @ the cookie-bakes my mother had for the whole neighborhood @... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 03:53:18 EST Open Your Heart to Jesus~He Will Never Let You Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4187346 On this Sunday ~Resurrection Sunday~ my Lord and Saviour Jesus rose from the dead. Why is that so significant a person might say? Well, because He is God and changes the lives of those who KNOW Him as Lord of their lives. He changed my life! I can't say I was into drugs because I wasn't; I can't say I was into alcohol because I wasn't;but I can say I was into sin [not focusing my life on Him]because we ALL are whether you believe it or not~after Eve took that first bite of the forbidden frui... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:39:39 EST Happy Earth Day! ~~What did you recycle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184266 Happy Earth Day! What did I recycle??? We recycled those plastic bags and get points at the same @ the grocery store. I can't buy enough "green" bags for grocery shopping! What did you recycle today??? <em>432</em> <em>435</em> <em>434</em> <em>433</em> <em>436</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:06:19 EST Checking My Daily Calorie Differential ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169755 I listed this as one of my early Secrets of Success~ It helps me stay on track SO MUCH! After eating breakfast, I will be exercising through the day and get hungry.When I am hungry,I know I need to check my Nutrition Tracker because I am not getting enough food at that time. Besides checking my Nutrition Tracker to see what nutrients I need for that day,I like to check my Daily Calorie Differential~It is listed under" Reports "in the toolbar [when you are using the Nutrition tracker] and it ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:53:16 EST I Did Well! ~eating wise yesterday~even though...[with soccer cake photo!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157917 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679369661.jpg">I am proud of myself !Yesterday I was baking & decorating a soccer-shaped birthday cake for a client [we have a home-based business~BetsyKScrapbooks,Crafts and Creations.com] and the whole while I was on my feet for 2 and 1/2 hours decorating ,I made it a point to keep on track with the calories and eating wise and only went 13 cals.OVER my target range~even though I was LOW on the fat =25! {I got my Morning Mile run in earl... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:50:08 EST I added on to my Morning Mile Run/Walk today~instead of 1 mile ,did 2.40!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154395 I just hadn't thought of it before....add a little more distance a little at a time! So today instead of my usual mile run/walk [ I walk to warm up ,then get in my mile "run"[really jogging!] ,then walk to cool down, so I call it a "run/walk"! Plus if I get tired and can't run the mile for whatever reason,I make SURE to finish a mile with a combination of running some and then walking it~! So today I started on my mile and pushed myself to go 1 mile and a half ,then walk the rest of the wa... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 20:44:59 EST I Can DO it~Run that hill...Little by little!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141669 Well, it may not sound like MUCH,but to it is to ME! I finally have conquered a hill on our trail that leads to the park. I always tried to keep up with my hubby and run it continuously ,but always had to <em>227</em> and give up~out of breath and energy! And that was 13 years ago! Now I have CONQUERED that hill--yes,it IS a hill--- by doing a little more each day and before I knew it , I was JOGGING up the hill continuously!!!!! I have yet to RUN continuously up the hill,but I am satisfi... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:22:33 EST What turned out to be an April Fools' encounter for you?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134164 Mine would have to be last night on SP! I was finishing a poll when the date said 4/1/11 and it had not hit midnight yet,but given the day I had had [fuel pump went out on the car,air conditioner went out on the house, and I was tired to boot!] ,I thought it WAS April 1st and I had MISSED my scrapbooking "crop"party" with the my friends!~ [I look forward to these for weeks!~]Especially after I had just spent hours making a birthday cake for me ---and "Congrats!" cupcakes for one of my scrap... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:19:04 EST Just when I thought I was checking Everything on SP.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4120873 I'm sorry Sparkfriends! I have not realized that some of you were making comments on My Activity Feed and I have just read the past two months! So if I hadn't thanked you for your sentiments or you thought --why doesn't she ever reply to my thoughts on her Activity feed is b/c I just re-discovered it! I remember seeing it a while ago but thought I was always reading the Friend Feed! I forot you can comment on the ACTIVITY FEED! Another lesson learned!!!!! <em>211</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 05:00:40 EST The Sparkpoints Quizzes just Went Down to 5pts!/1 quiz per day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112134 I KNEW I should have taken advantage of the quizzes!!!! It used to be 10 pts. a quiz and 5 per day for a total of FIFTY pts in one day! I was only doing one as I felt that was enough "extra" pts. a day and most of the questions are the same as on trivia.... Oh well! Live and Learn!!!! <em>39</em> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:49:41 EST Taking Some time for ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102896 Today I get to scrapbook for SIX hours with friends for a friend's birthday celebration! It is something I have looked forward to for WEEKS! And I believe with all the time I have put in homeschooling and staying -at-home taking care of my preschooler and my hubby,I have EARNED it! Bur luckily , I have a SUPPORTIVE hubby who KNOWS how IMPORTANT it is for MOMMY to have ME time! And I KNOW how IMPORTANT it is to get some time AWAY from the family to RE-ENERGIZE myself! And no, I DON'T have to... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:14:35 EST Happy St.Patrick's Day ,my Sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099939 I couldn't get to give out a clover to all my Sparkfrineds this month; I'm sorry! I have been busy involved with MOMS CLUB getting our St.Patrick's Day party together,homeschooling my son, staying up way too late CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS with making cards & prepping for upcoming scrapbooking that I have neglected my friends,even in e-mails. I will try harder next month! I am sorry I have been out of touch! ~~Betsy <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:10:15 EST